You’re right; it is terrible to see what has been happening over in Europe with the refugee crisis. And it’s natural to wonder at times like this about things like why did God give us free will. I’ve always found that when I have questions about God I can find answers in the Bible. After all, the Bible was written by God, so where else could you find satisfying answers to questions about God?
First of all, the Bible teaches that humans were given free will as a loving gift.
Genesis 1:26 says that God made humans in his “image” or likeness. When you look at animals, they just act on instinct. They don’t reason and make decisions for themselves – they just migrate, fly south for the winter, etc. God could have created humans to act on instinct – preprogrammed, much like a robot. But instead, God created us with the ability to be like him; which means we have the ability to think for ourselves, as well as the ability to imitate God’s love and many other beautiful qualities.
When God created humans, he wanted them to choose to obey him. What is the point of giving someone free will and then forcing them to do what you want? So God gave humans guidelines for how to live happy and fulfilling lives. Deuteronomy 30:19,20 has an invitation from God, who says, “I have put life and death before you, the blessing and the curse; and you must choose life so that you may live…by loving …God, by listening to his voice, and by sticking to him.” If we were to love God and listen to him, then he would bless us.
But if God knows everything, couldn’t he have known that the first humans would sin (Adam and Eve) and then things would go downhill? The Bible does teach that God has great wisdom and can look ahead to what will happen in the future (Isaiah 46:9, 10). But it also teaches that he uses his foreknowledge selectively. Imagine you are going to watch a movie – do you skip straight to the end to see what happens? Or do you watch from the start? In the same way, God chose to wait and see how his earthly creations would act.
But unfortunately, as we have seen, many people misuse their freedom and cause suffering for themselves and others. So, how could God eliminate suffering without taking away man’s freedom? The Bible can answer that question, as well as many others. If you haven’t got a Bible you can read it online.