Have you ever thought, “Why did God create man in the first place?” Of course, I am presuming you believe in the biblical account of creation. Or is it assuming? I don’t know.
Anyway, assuming we’re on the same page, at least momentarily, has that thought ever crossed your mind? Don’t you figure God was doing quite well without us? Like, did he really need us to fulfill something lacking in him?
I’d hardly think so.
He didn’t need us for a tax exemption. He was already doing quite well financially.
We weren’t created so God could use us to win someone’s love and devotion. Nor were we created so the angels would have sympathy for God and say, “oh, just look how God has to put up with those kids. He sure is more patient than I’d ever be. If I was him, I’d have knocked those spoiled brats in the head a long time ago.”
Heaven was complete before we came along.
But the Earth was not.
And could it just possibly be Earth needed what only man could give it?
I’ll tell you right now, I’m going to speculate a wee little bit. Uh, maybe a little more than a bit.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void (an indistinguishable ruin). And darkness (void of light) was upon the face of the deep (an abyss). And the Spirit of God moved (hovered, incubated) upon the face of the waters.
Apparently, or so it would seem, the earth was created when God created the heavens and the earth; in the beginning. But something seemed a little different after the beginning. I mean, the heavens seemed okay, nothing out of whack there, but something was going on with the earth. It was desolate, worthless, apparently in ruin and completely covered by an abyss of water, known as the deep.
I don’t recall God creating something ruined, or desolate. Actually, it wasn’t until man came along and rebelled against God’s word that ruin, desolation, and chaos ever existed. Until the fall of man, there was no mention of a flood. Yet the earth was flooded by deep, dark water. Before Adam ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil there was no account of ruin, disfigurement, or even a hint of things not quite right. Yet the earth was without form and void.
Why was the Spirit of God hovering over the face, the surface, of the waters?
Again, why would God tell Adam and Eve to have dominion over something they already had dominion over?
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (Genesis 1:28)
“Replenish the earth, and subdue it”. Adam didn’t need to subdue the animals; they weren’t the least bit of a problem when God brought them to Adam so he could name them all.
No, the animals didn’t need subduing, they were already in submission to Adam’s “lordship” as the ruler of the world. Of course, after the fall all of that changed; the whole earth began to be off kilter.
Why did God make man?
Think about this. Could one reason be that God wanted to fellowship with someone who would “want” to fellowship with Him? Love someone who would “love” Him?
Someone who would, as an act of their will, choose to love and choose to fellowship with their creator God. Isn’t that a possibility?
And maybe there’s another reason why God created man…
To reveal His power and authority to the fallen Lucifer THROUGH His Creation.
Lucifer, satan, once god of this world and the angel that covered, was cast out of Heaven because of his rebellion. Is it also possible that he led a group of pre-Adam “people” in rebellion as well? Is it possible that, as a result of the rebellion, God destroyed the earth’s inhabitants to where the earth was without form and void?
Read this passage carefully:
“For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.” (2 Peter 3:5-7 ESV)
The earth was formed out of water and through water…the world THAT THEN EXISTED WAS DELUGED WITH WATER AND PERISHED. Could there have been an earlier flood?
And could the “new creation”, Adam, have been created as an “in your face” kind of move from God to the devil? Kind of like, in Job, where God said to satan, “What do you think about my boy Job?”
Look at what Paul wrote in Ephesians:
“and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ephesians 3:9-11 NKJV)
If all my “what if” are true, then:
– Adam filled the vacancy left by the first group of rebellious creatures.
– the earth really could be older than 6,000 years
– it could explain why the devil was so anti-man, from the very beginning
– it might shed some light on the origin of demons
– God’s promise to never again destroy the earth with water would be even more powerful
So, why do YOU think God created man? Especially knowing what a mess he would get himself into. How old do YOU think the earth is?
Of course, after all my speculating is done, there still remains at least one undeniable truth. God’s amazing love is beyond explanation and comprehension!
But thank God it’s not beyond believing and experiencing!
4 responses to “Why? When? And A Few Other Questions.”
Interesting. I think this is why it is best to read Genesis and understand it at face value. Genesis 1:1 Start out “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” We can be confident that there was nothing in this universe that was here before. Otherwise, that would have been the beginning. Some have conjectured a prior earth with people that was wiped out but they would have had to exist without light or the stars, the stuff that follows in the creation narrative. To assert anything else adds such speculation to bring the question what is the point?
Here’s a little walk through 2 peter 3:5-7 My words in bold
“For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago From the reference point of when he was speaking, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God Understanding taken from Genesis, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished The flood of Noah. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”
There is mention of a past deluge and future judgment of fire. We have no basis from this for multiple floods. It is also inaccurate to equating void to ruin. The void simply means there was nothing to refer to, it was empty. So, the picture we have is of God creating the Earth and it is a large ball of dirt encased in a thick(deep) covering of water. The water is Separated into the lower (ocean) and upper (Canopy of water likely depleted to in the flood) then God separates the water and land. The narrative is simply telling us that broad steps God followed to create our universe instead of just stating “God made everything.”
Genesis chapter one is a narrative chain that proceeds from the “In the beginning” to “He rested from all the work of creating He had done.” Placing another earth between v1 and v2 without any detail is counter to the detailed account provided. It’s out of place. Then the question of why? Why would God give us an obscure reference that doesn’t provide any benefit?
Finally, There could not have been a prior race of people God created and then just arbitrarily wiped out without invalidating the unchanging character of God as was given in the Bible. Look at it this way, God creates a race and they either don’t mess up and God just wiped them out with no mercy or they did mess up and God wiped them out without a chance for redemption, in order to make way for a new earth where He creates people that step right into sin. The God that loves us enough to provide for our salvation should, to be consistent, have provided for the salvation of the supposed prior race.
I do see the world as on large farm (agriculture is a huge, pervasive theme of Scripture). God is growing a crop of people that love him (the Harvest) and the rest are the weeds and chaff.
I appreciate your thoughts, Marty. You obviously have thought about this for a while
I am a confirmed young earth creationist and I have a sister in Canada that subscribes to the prior race theory so we’ve had discussions. I do hope I did not come off as rude, that is not my attempt. I do love debating, though.
No, I enjoy it also. And I knew this post would stir up conversation, which is what I planned. I have my opinions and will hold to them, but I love the debate and dialogue amongst people who have passion and love for God