hi! That God repented Himself that He had made man.. to me, means he did indeed feel regret at creating man (and endowing him with the ability to think, ponder and thus choose!)
It's interesting to note, later.. a few generations after the flood, at Tower Babble (Babel) God said (to the Son) "look what they do, as one, nothing will be prevented them" - nothing would soon be beyond them, likely self destruction waay before God's Lesson has been proven.. teaching, accomplishing.. nothing. (And note how, now, mankind is again becoming 'one'.)
I'm sure God has regretted creating man (and like angels, endowing him with rationality, a pandora's box which brought about a whole new world, or tree, of possibilities, most of it very unpleasant, especially to God!).
What I find most interesting is God must be life, the life force itself, for "in the beginning-God
." And, He is also Perfection (surely?!) [but once one chooses anything other than what God does they become imperfect, the opposite of life, thus, the rescue and re-conciliation needed).
Yet, because God is life He lives through and experiences aLL sufferings (and indignations) which ever occur! Why
would He put Himself through all that? I'm thinking, because He's not creating an ant farm or robots, but His own family! and an eternally un
-breakable paradise (for the full knowing of good
, which is also life
, will be deeeply
engraved upon every heart, mind and psyche.)
Here's another related question: why did God wait so very
long and only create the universe and man and woman, not only after the 1st bound-to-occur rebel thought had occurred, but after it had matured into outright sedition and trickery? Didn't He know what would happen?
Of course He did! - He planned and did it just the way He did, so aLL would take this unavoidable journey and lesson, all at once, and together, otherwise, one would stray now, another, later, another still later.. and later.. ..and later.. taking virtually 'forever'.
Unavoidable, that is, if there is to be rational creatures.. otherwise? no rational creatures, ever....????