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Why Creation?

“In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth”…but why? For the past 19 years this has been a question that has haunted me. Why did God decide to create mankind. Was he bored? Did he need to exhibit his authority for some reason? Was he lonely?

It seems to me that if God’s reason for creating mankind were one of the questions asked above, God must not be the all-powerful being that Christians say he is. So why did God create mankind, a race of people that he must have known would be imperfect? One part of an answer to this question is simple, yet profound.

God is Love. (1 John 4:8)

Picture for a moment a newlywed couple, head over heels in love. Why will this couple eventually decide to have a child? Of course the couple understands the child will occasionally disobey them, but they have the child because they desire something to love, nurture, and care for. Likewise, God created us to love and care for us.

So what should our response as Christians be to this overwhelming love? This is a question we are going to be focusing on for the next several weeks. We are going to focus on what God expects from us, and how we can get over just going through the motions. It is my prayer that from looking at what God expects from us in specific aspects of our Christian walk, we can get over an all too common feeling of apathy for God’s will for our lives.

This is Clay Smith’s first post here at studyyourbibleonline.com.  I hope you will check in often to read what Clay has to say.  Clay is going to write primarily for a College Age/Teen audience, but as you can tell his writing will be applicable to us all.  Since the teen section is new to the site I ask that you would let your teens/college age know about it.

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3 Comments

  1. I’m really excited about this new series, I have often thought about this subject and have found help from John Piper. And I find myself agreeing with you.

    My primary reason is that God could not have created us because he was bored, or because he needed us to praise or worship Him, because He is all sufficient, so He must have had another reason, I’m excited to learn from you in the future, God bless.

    BTW: I’m 15. =)

  2. Thanks Ben I really appreciate your comment!

    You touched on an important point that I want to emphasize. God definitely does not need our love. That goes against the nature of love completely! 1 Corinthians 13:5 says that love does not seek its own. Now remember that this explanation in the post is not intended to be conclusive, and I am certainly not trying to limit God’s motives for creation, but I think we can still learn a lot about God’s love from the fact that He did create us and give us free will. This love should constantly be a source of life and purpose in our Christian walk.

    Keep interacting Ben!

  3. Clay, I am so excited about this topic! I have wondered why God created us knowing that mankind would fall within the first generation and that the answer for sin was going to be watching His son be tormented and killed for our sakes. Maybe part of the answer is God knowing how sweet it will be in Heaven when we all get to be together with Him. His perfect love will make us perfect!! Keep up the good work! You continue to amaze and inspire our family!

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