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We are God's children

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?

*This question came about from a LifeWay Daily Devotional email. While LifeWay has stores in several places around Fort Worth, they also have a wealth of information and opportunities online, one of which is to sign up for devotionals by email.

Comments

  • Réne Girard (Ft. Worth Christianity & Culture 4 years ago

    I don't think everyone is a child of God, that is why he offers us adoption. Some people are children of wrath. Some vessels were made for destruction. It is all to show God's glory, sovereignty, and the corruption of sin. God is love, and wants those who will love Him more than themselves. He has shown us that mankind is selfish, and even those who may appear to be righteous, as Jesus said, may be of their father the devil.

  • Jesse- Tucson Atheism Examiner 4 years ago

    I want to ask a question, is it right to force this "decision" or idea on others?

    I am not saying you do, in fact I tend to enjoy what you write. However, people very close too me either try forcing the idea or turning around and talking down as a result.

    Is that right, what are your views?

    As for the article exactly, while I do not agree that we are all "children" of God I can see your point, interesting article!

  • Julia Tidd 4 years ago

    Rene,

    You have given me something to think about.

    Jesse,

    I do not believe we have the right to force the decision of faith/religion/God/whatever on anyone. I do believe that we are to witness but witnessing is not by definition debating or pressuring. It is about testifying, or giving personal proof, of your belief. Which, by the way, is to be done by word and by action. However, forcing the matter, whether faith based or secular, I don’t imagine has ever helped any cause. It only causes rebellion. What is great about my God is that He gave us freewill to choose Him or to not choose Him.

    When there are children in the household and one faith, it is hard to not pass down a “hereditary” faith. At some point, as the child grows into an adult they should examine the beliefs they grew up being taught to find their own reasons for believing that way and especially any doubts they may have.

    So far as judgment, that is up to God, not us.

    Does that answer your question?

  • Lisa 4 years ago

    God created us so that we might have joy. Our lives are part of His plan to gain a body, learn, grow, find joy and then to return to live with Him and our families. I believe the power of procreation and the desire to love families are a part of His plan.

    I understand Rene's view on adopting children into a loving family, however even those destructive vessels are God's children as we are all His creation. The devil may help create destruction in the hearts of people, but he is not the creator of their spirits of bodies. Some of God's children have simply taken their gift of agency to do hurtful things.

  • Mr. Girard 4 years ago

    to Lisa: I'm glad you understand my point of view. I am trying to understand yours. Can you show me scripturally where everyone is a child of God? and also what you mean by "gift of agency"?

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