Why did God create us? You’ve heard that question before, haven’t you? How did you answer it? Think about it and let me know in the comment section below.
Here’s what I think. Why do any of us have children? I recognize that all people are not the same. I am speaking about those who have put thought into whether or not they want children before having them and then decided they did. I am speaking about those who actually love their children and do not view them as belongings.
The Bible says God created us in His image. (Genesis 1:27) The Bible also says God is love. (1 John 4:8, 16) We are also His children (Romans 8:16) and He is our Father (John 20:17). I can’t help but think that maybe, to a degree, that the reason God created us is the same reason we make decisions to become mothers and fathers ourselves. We have an innate longing to reproduce. The majority of us don’t do it because it will benefit us in some way. In fact, when you think about it, we still have the longing for children of our own even though we know parenting is tough. We still make this decision knowing that we will not be able to hold onto our children forever. Eventually, they grow up and start families of their own. We recognize that our children will go against our wishes and that there will be days we will love them but not like them.
So, why did God create us? I know He didn’t create us to control us or we would not have been given the gift of freewill. I know he didn’t create us to abuse us. The Bible is full of examples of God rescuing us. Before anyone starts to debate that point, I want to point out that, just as it is in the parenting of our children, rescuing is not always the best idea. We, like our children, have to learn some way and that is by making mistakes which are followed by consequences. We, just as our children, need to have those learning experiences in order to know that our parents do actually know what they are talking about.
Back to the question at hand: Why did God create us? Here is my answer: He created us out of love and to love. What do you think?
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