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Why did God create us?



    
    

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
The short answer to the question "why did God create us?" is "for His pleasure." Revelation 4:11 says, "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all t...

July 01 2013 6 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Stringio Colin Wong Supporter Founder, eBible.com
The question "why did God create us?" can also be interpreted as "what is God's purpose in us?" For what reason were we created? What is our purpose?

What does the Bible say?

The earliest reference to man in the Bible is the following verse.

Genesis 1:26 
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

God's Likeness
Since God is a spirit being, "after our likeness" means having similar characteristics to His attributes or personality. This is a significant clue, which I will expand further.

Genesis 1:28
And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

Pro-Creation
We are to "bear fruit", that is, to pro-create, just as God created us. And we are to care for all of God's living creations.

The key to understanding why God created us therefor is tied to God's likeness, and our need to pro-create.

Understanding God's heart

Sometimes we focus so much on the logical that we forget what is God's heart. We are made in His likeness. In essence, our heart mirrors His heart.

Jew or Gentile. Believer or non-believer. No matter what culture, race, religious belief (or lack thereof) or time period - we are all imbued with a need to pro-create. Every parent instinctively desires to have, and to love their children.

Think about it. Why do we want to have kids? Each child we bring into this world increases our workload, takes away our freedom (time), consumes our resources (money), and gives us pain and headache. 

Yet despite the cost, the pain, the suffering (childbirth), we simply relish children. We LOVE our kids. We love every minute we spend with them. We love seeing them grow. We take pleasure in their first word, their first step, when their eyes light up, when they jump for joy. We sit by the bed and just take pleasure in watching them sleep.

Our love for them is not performance driven. We don't love them only when they are well behaved. We don't love them only when they bring in straight 'A's. In short, our love for our children is not of "works". When our children were infants, we especially loved them out of "grace" - that is to say, they did nothing to "earn" our love.

In short, we have kids to take pleasure in loving them and be loved by them.

This is the single most important thing you can ever learn about God by examining our likeness in Him. God, our heavenly father, created us because He takes pleasure in loving us and to have us love Him in return.

Not as robots (He gave us free will). Not as perfection (He gave us grace to make mistakes and learn). God understood love, that it grows through messiness. Any parent can tell you how "messy" and frustrating parenthood can be. But despite all our headaches, we love our children. In fact, it is these "headaches" that bind us as a family, and make us closer. 

We were not created as an experiment to prove God's sovereignty against Satan. God does not need to prove Himself to anyone, much less Satan. We were not created to glorify Him. God does not need us as "proof" of His glory. We were not created to worship Him. God's holiness is not validated by our worship. All the reasons commonly cited assumes God needs us to justify His existence or sovereignty. He doesn't. 

He made us because He takes pleasure in loving us and for us to love Him in return. That is why Matthew 22:37 says, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." That is our one true purpose and why He created us.

1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.

December 20 2013 18 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Seth3 Seth Freeman
I've often spoken with atheists about this very question, and many times I've heard them suggest that God must be some narcissistic being to create us, little peons, to go around worshipping Him. God shouldn't need our worship, they say. 

Well they are partly right, God doesn't need our worship. The answer to your question is simple. If God does exist, if He is absolutely perfect - the embodiment of love, grace, mercy, justice, goodness - absolutely perfect. What is the greatest thing this being could do? Would it not be to create other beings to simply enjoy Himself? 

There is nothing greater that I could experience than personally knowing the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omni-benevolent creator of the universe. Nothing could be greater than my worshipping Him. It is for God's glory that I am created. He doesn't need me, He is completely self sufficient. But I, as a created being, should desire nothing more than to know Him, love Him, and worship Him.

July 17 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Stringio Nathan Toronga Christian Elder.
This is one of those questions I'd have preferred not to answer.
I hope no-one takes offense with the answer.

The answer is there, and very simple indeed, but how to present it may turn out to be a bit tricky.

For background, please refer to the following verses:

1. Genesis 2:9,16-17
2. Genesis 2:7
3. Genesis 3:19, 22
4. Revelation 12:9
5. John 3:16
6. Matthew 22:30
7. 1 Corinthians 15:50-53
8. Proverbs 16:4
9. Hebrews 12:1
10. Romans 8:7
11. Revelation 11:19
12. 2 Peter 3:13
13. Isaiah 14:12-14
14. Ezekiel 28:12-18, 1-2


PART ONE - REBELLION
The devil rebelled in heaven, and with him a third of the host fell (Revelation 12:4). 

Please understand that the serpent rebelled BEFORE Adam was created.

In his rebellion, the devil had proposed a 'better', or alternative, order in heaven, WHERE THERE IS NO LAW (I'm sorry to say, this is still the war he's waging on earth today).
To prove ownership of a dominion, you must have laws that must be obeyed. Anywhere, this is the test. You can have a nation with no taxes, but there must be laws. 
This is what the devil set himself out to challenge (and people on earth are celebrating, ignorantly, with the rebel, claiming the demise of the law. That, fortunately (or unfortunately), will never happen).

The devil’s arguments were so persuasive that a vast number of angels either sympathized with the devil or supported him outright. A third followed him.

And to those who chose to stay, some continued with lingering thoughts - could this guy have had a point? But them, why disturb the status quo?

PART TWO - EXPERIMENTATION
In His Infinite wisdom, our God decided to create a miniature 'heaven', but with restricted bounds - both on life and power, wherein the adversary could try out his method, and let the angelic host be witnesses to the devil's formula which he had proposed to bring to heaven.
So Adam was created, and he was created mortal (contrary to popular teaching that he was created immortal. There wouldn't have been need for the tree of life, if he had been created immortal.)

Then the devil was thrust to earth to run a parallel dominion, should man consent. And man did consent, by opting into the devil's rebellion. 

PART THREE - DELIVERANCE
Then God clothed Himself with humanity, and came to rescue His own.

While men may not have recognized Him as such, satan and demons knew who He was. So did angels. And with horror they saw satan solicit worship from his Creator. Beyond their worst imagination, he murdered the Creator of the universe.

Hence there remains no more doubt, both among the loyal and fallen angels. They saw the whole drama.

Having ransomed men with His own blood, He will take them to heaven.

PART FOUR - MEN BECOMES LIKE ANGELS
For having chosen the path of life through obedience rather than death, men shall dwell with God forever, just like the angels.

PART FIVE - SIN IS ENDED
"Sin is transgression of the law" 1 John 3:4 KJV.
Transgression of God's Torah will be ended. Both earth and heaven will concur that the wisdom of God is flawless, and will joyfully obey the Torah. 

PART SIX - GOD JOINS MEN ON A NEW EARTH
Our God will come to a new earth, and there He will stay with us, His redeemed, forever. 

PART SEVEN - OUR GOD IS VINDICATED
There's no more doubt in heaven (but on earth there still is doubt), on whether the devil's plan is an option. 

WHY DID GOD CREATE US? - TO SETTLE A CONFLICT OF COSMIC PROPORTIONS.

Those who identify with the pre-fall order will be taken there, and those who choose the post-fall order will be incinerated, for no place will be found for them.

Bless.

December 20 2013 18 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Open uri20130622 23898 8dsex Kelli Hamann Supporter Pastor's Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Teacher, Writer, Cellist
My opinion is that God created us because one of His numerous attributes is that of Creator. The Bible refers to Him as such in several passages, such as Genesis 14:19. The original meaning for "Creator" in this particular verse is,

1) to get, acquire, create, buy, possess
a) (Qal)
1) to get, acquire, obtain
a) of God originating, creating, redeeming His people
1) possessor
b) of Eve acquiring
c) of acquiring knowledge, wisdom
2) to buy
b) (Niphal) to be bought
c) (Hiphil) to cause to possess

God is the Creator of so much more than what we see in this realm, and it is my belief that He has always been about the business of creating. It's important to note, also, that our earthly, finite realm was originally a part of the eternal, infinite realm before the fall of man. Creating us was just one little blip in His infinite history of creating things.

I'm not trying to assert that there are other universes and other "earths," or that there might be life on other planets. All I'm trying to say is that God loves to create; that's what He does. Even when we mess things up, He loves to come in and create something good out of our messes. We are incredibly blessed to be included in His creative process for His sovereign purposes, to reflect His infinite glory.

July 18 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Stringio G Lavog
To my oppinion.. god created us beacuse He want to test us in this world.. weather we are good enough to be in heaven or we are not being good so that we are not able to get the heaven and punished in hell.. theres only one god~

December 18 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Image Thomas K M A retired Defence Scientist from Indian Defence R&D Orgn.
God created everything for Him and through Him (Col.1:16). He felt loneliness so he created everything for his pleasure. He created us because He wanted a father-son relationship. That relationship was not broken even when Adam committed sin, only the fellowship was broken. And for that He had a mega plan to restore from the wrath. This was accomplished on the finished work on the cross by Jesus Christ.

August 27 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Data Tony Flores Tony Flores a servant of Jesus Christ
God created us for His honor and glory, but sin will take a lot of us that do not follow Him. He created us in His image and the ones that make it to His table will live forever glorifying Him. There are two paths, but only one leads to almighty God. We cannot imagine how wonderful it will be when we live with Him. Search yourself and make sure you are following the right path.

August 29 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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