Creation, and the Fall

“It was unworthy of the goodness of God that the creature made by Him should be brought to nothing through the deceit wrought upon man by the devil; and it was supremely unfitting that the work of God in mankind should disappear, either through their own negligence or through the deceit of evil spirits. As, then, the creatures whom He had created…were on the road to ruin, what then was God, being good, to do? Was He to let corruption and death have their way with them?”

(St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation of the Word, §6).