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Why did God create man?


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Why do humans respond emotionally to beautiful sights? And why are painters, sculptors, or musicians motivated emotionally (even beyond monetary need) - to create works of beauty? We are created in the image of God (Genesis ch.5), and God himself is a master artist, who (we intuit) enjoys beauty and has made our wonderful bodies and souls (see Genesis 1:31). The best human efforts to create beauty are a pale reflection of God's own designs. We respond to them because we are made in the Creator's image.
God made people because He made the Earth for people: "He did not create [the earth] simply for nothing," but "formed it to be inhabited" (Isaiah 45:18). He wanted them to exist in order to have someone to love. When the righteous use their free-will to obey God despite His being hidden, they have shown that they deserve His love. Their reward will never cease. But even the undeserving are given the kindness of life in this world, and the lifelong ability to repent.

According to tradition, there is only one Genesis creation-narrative, with ch.2 serving as an expansion of the brevity of ch.1, not a separate set of events (Rashi commentary, Gen.2:8). In ch.1, God created the universe from nothing (Exodus 20:11, Isaiah 40:28; Maimonides' "Guide," 2:30; Targum and Nachmanides on Gen. 1:1; Rashi commentary, Gen.1:14), and in ch.2, God performed specific acts within the broader picture.While Judaism has always seen the Torah as an intricate tapestry that nonetheless had one Divine source, some modern authors such as Wellhausen (the father of modern Biblical-criticism, 1844-1918) have suggested artificially chopping up the narrative and attributing it to various authors, despite the Torah's explicit statement as to its provenance (Exodus 24:12, Deuteronomy 31:24). This need not concern believers, since his claims have been debunked one by one, as archaeology and other disciplines have demonstrated the integrity of the Torah. No fragments have ever been found that would support his Documentary Hypothesis, which remains nothing more than an arbitrary claim:

Debunking the JEPD Documentary Hypothesis

The creation-narrative in Genesis (a Christian author)

The authorship of the Hebrew Bible


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God created Man to have fellowship with God. That is one reason why God hates sin: it causes estrangement from God. God wants to know us as friends, close friends, not as master/slave relationship. A very important note: God wants man to be His friends of their own free will and not to feel forced to do so (or else man would be an automaton, just another group of angels doing what they were told. God does not want people knowing Him out of duty, but out of love, and this love leads to worship. Answer God created man because he wants someone to love, and to love him back. Because it says in the scriptures that God is love. Before we were created, there was nothing but him. So he made us, like him, so he can reach out to us, and love us.

Answer So he would have a son. Answer: Whilst there is no indication in the Scriptures that God has to find out more about Himself, He made man in His image and likeness, Genesis 1:26. In Colossians 1:16,17, it tells us: "By Him Jesus Christ were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him (He is creator God), and for Him (for His pleasure, glory, and purposes): and He is before all things (eternal), and by Him all things consist (hold together).

The Westminster Confession Shorter Catechetical Question asks:

"Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?

A. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever."

The Scriptures indicate that man is to glorify God in his life, and if he does, he will glorify and enjoy Him forever.


All of the above are pretty good, but here is an answer from the St. Joseph's Baltimore Catechism, which one of the most accurate references to answer questions, on the Catholic Church and God, (If you ever find it, read it, it will answer all most of your questions on God):

Q. Why did God make us?

A. God made us to show forth His goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness in heaven. (Baltimore Catechism Question, number #3. Chapter 1.)

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There are two creation accounts in Genesis, with two separate explanations of the creation of man.

  1. The first account (Gen 1:27) simply has God creating man (both male and female) as the very last act of creation. There is no reason given for their creation, although some may say that it was for them to have dominion over all the earth.
  2. The second account had God create Adam [male] (Gen 2:7) as the very first act of creation and Eve (Gen 2:22) as the final act of creation. There is no reason given for the creation of Adam, but Eve was said to be created because Adam had no one to help him.

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