Catholic FAQ


Latest Threads
newest posts



Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Non-Catholic Religions
 

Welcome to Catholic Answers Forums, the largest Catholic Community on the Web.

Here you can join over 400,000 members from around the world discussing all things Catholic. Membership is open to all, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who seek the Truth with Charity.

To gain full access, you must register for a FREE account. Registered members are able to:
  • Submit questions about the faith to experts from Catholic Answers
  • Participate in all forum discussions
  • Communicate privately with Catholics from around the world
  • Plus join a prayer group, read with the Book Club, and much more.
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. So join our community today!

Have a question about registration or your account log-in? Just contact our Support Hotline.

View Poll Results: Why did God create man ?
To worship him 6 11.32%
To love us and have a relationship with us 9 16.98%
Both of the above 29 54.72%
Other reasons ( Please state them in your post) 9 16.98%
Voters: 53. You may not vote on this poll

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search Thread Display
  #1  
Old Oct 31, '06, 10:30 am
meedo meedo is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: August 7, 2005
Posts: 1,295
Religion: Islam
Default Why did God create man ?

hello,

My answer as a muslim , is that God created man to worship him. He doesnt need our worship . But he did . That ws his will.


what is your opinion as a jew or a catholic or a protestant or orthodox or ......?
  #2  
Old Oct 31, '06, 10:35 am
buffalo's Avatar
buffalo buffalo is offline
Forum Elder
 
Join Date: June 7, 2004
Posts: 28,208
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church


1. What is the plan of God for man?

1-25
God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. In the fullness of time, God the Father sent his Son as the Redeemer and Savior of mankind, fallen into sin, thus calling all into his Church and, through the work of the Holy Spirit, making them adopted children and heirs of his eternal happiness.


25. How does man respond to God who reveals himself?
142-143
Sustained by divine grace, we respond to God with the obedience of faith, which means the full surrender of ourselves to God and the acceptance of his truth insofar as it is guaranteed by the One who is Truth itself.

63. What is the place of the human person in creation?
343-344
353
The human person is the summit of visible creation in as much as he or she is created in the image and likeness of God.



67. For what purpose did God create man and woman?
358-359
380-381
God has created everything for them; but he has created them to know, serve and love God, to offer all of creation in this world in thanksgiving back to him and to be raised up to life with him in heaven. Only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of the human person come into true light. Man and woman are predestined to reproduce the image of the Son of God made Man, who is the perfect “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15).
__________________
IDvolution - God "breathed" the super language of DNA into the "kinds" in the creative act. Buffalo

"We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is a thought of God."

“Science presupposes the trustworthy, intelligent structure of matter, the ‘design’ of creation.”

"A man of conscience, is one who never acquires tolerance, well- being, success, public standing, and approval on the part of prevailing opinion, at the expense of truth."
Pope Benedict XVI

  #3  
Old Oct 31, '06, 10:44 am
meedo meedo is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: August 7, 2005
Posts: 1,295
Religion: Islam
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

hello Buffalo ,

Thank you for your extensive reply.

Nevertheless, i would like the posters to answer briefly and to the point. A post as long as the following would suffice

''he has created them to know, serve and love God, to offer all of creation in this world in thanksgiving back to him'''


Again, thank you buffalo for your reply and help

salam
  #4  
Old Oct 31, '06, 11:14 am
mrs_abbott mrs_abbott is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: January 5, 2006
Posts: 1,685
Religion: Catholic Christian
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

This is my recited reply that I learned in Catholic school from the Dominican Sisters:
God created man to know, love and serve Him in this life so we can be happy with Him in the next.
__________________
Rejoice in hope , endure in affliction , persevere in prayer . ~ Romans 12:12
  #5  
Old Oct 31, '06, 12:14 pm
bella5110 bella5110 is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: October 30, 2006
Posts: 532
Religion: Roman Catholic
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

God actually regretted making man as stated in the book of Genesis.

Who could blame him?
  #6  
Old Oct 31, '06, 12:30 pm
wcknight wcknight is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: February 3, 2005
Posts: 3,845
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

A lot of folks (aka atheists), believe man created God.

I believe God created humans so he could have creatures with free will who could accept Him and respond to His friendship and love in kind.
  #7  
Old Oct 31, '06, 12:35 pm
JimO JimO is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: June 15, 2004
Posts: 2,420
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

Quote:
Originally Posted by meedo View Post
hello,

My answer as a muslim , is that God created man to worship him. He doesnt need our worship . But he did . That ws his will.


what is your opinion as a jew or a catholic or a protestant or orthodox or ......?
I said both, but your poll brings up what I see is an important distinction between Christianity and Islam. We see God as a loving Father to whom we can go as children with respect and honor (worship), but also to live with him as his children. Islam, and my understanding may be biased so feel free to correct me, as I understand it sees Allah more as a master and people as his servants.
__________________
"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." - Peter
  #8  
Old Oct 31, '06, 12:37 pm
mercygate mercygate is offline
Forum Elder
Forum Supporter
 
Join Date: June 21, 2004
Posts: 15,423
Religion: Catholic via Canterbury
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

Quote:
Originally Posted by mrs_abbott View Post
This is my recited reply that I learned in Catholic school from the Dominican Sisters:
God created man to know, love and serve Him in this life so we can be happy with Him in the next.
. . . . and that is EXACTLY what I am teaching my sixth grade CCD class. We recite it together at every session!
__________________
There are countless millions of Christians who will not accept anything, even Christ, from the Catholic Church. (Frank Sheed)
Tiber Swim Team - Class of 01
  #9  
Old Oct 31, '06, 1:12 pm
Mr. Ex Nihilo Mr. Ex Nihilo is offline
 
Join Date: January 28, 2006
Posts: 2,200
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

I think worship is part of it. I also think that loving him and having a relationship with him is important too. But I don't think that this really explains the 'why' part.

I think a better answer might be that it was good to do so. By creating man, God was essentially sharing himself with others.

We read in the creation account the following passage...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Genesis 2:18
The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
And, later on, we read the following passage in the Christian Scriptures...

Quote:
Quote:
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."
This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
So if woman created in relation to man gives any indication of God's motives for humanity created in relationship to God, then it may be said that God was lonely in a sense too.

If so, although perfect from eternity, just as it was not good for Adam to be alone and God created man for woman, it might also be found that it was not good for God to be alone and God therefore created humanity for God-- to be his bride so to speak.

Indeed, in the marriage supper of the lamb we read...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Revelation 21:2
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
  #10  
Old Oct 31, '06, 1:16 pm
meedo meedo is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: August 7, 2005
Posts: 1,295
Religion: Islam
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

Quote:
Originally Posted by JimO View Post
I said both, but your poll brings up what I see is an important distinction between Christianity and Islam. We see God as a loving Father to whom we can go as children with respect and honor (worship), but also to live with him as his children. Islam, and my understanding may be biased so feel free to correct me, as I understand it sees Allah more as a master and people as his servants.
hello Jim,

Well, the reason stated clearly in the Quran is to worship him. But in effect, islam recognizes a loving relationship between the creator and his creations. The reason why worship is very much emphasized on is to always stress that God is supreme and must be obeyed . Some times weak souls can abuse the loving relationship if there is no firmness.

Therefore islam puts the header reason to be worship , but Muslims see and feel the relationshoip through their daily practice.

Thank you for your reply.

meedo
  #11  
Old Oct 31, '06, 1:18 pm
JimO JimO is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: June 15, 2004
Posts: 2,420
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

Meedo, I have a few questions for you. If God is not a loving Father, then why has he chosen to create people through loving relationships between men and women and place them in families where the image of Father is manifested on a human level? If he only wanted obedient servants to do his will and worship him, why go to all the trouble to create this complex world? Why not simply raise all people out of the dust?
__________________
"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." - Peter
  #12  
Old Oct 31, '06, 1:24 pm
meedo meedo is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: August 7, 2005
Posts: 1,295
Religion: Islam
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

Quote:
Originally Posted by JimO View Post
Meedo, I have a few questions for you. If God is not a loving Father, then why has he chosen to create people through loving relationships between men and women and place them in families where the image of Father is manifested on a human level? If he only wanted obedient servants to do his will and worship him, why go to all the trouble to create this complex world? Why not simply raise all people out of the dust?
I dont disagree with you that God is a loving father.

salam
  #13  
Old Oct 31, '06, 1:28 pm
JimO JimO is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: June 15, 2004
Posts: 2,420
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

Quote:
Originally Posted by meedo View Post
I dont disagree with you that God is a loving father.

salam
Sorry, I was composing my post before I saw your previous one. Thanks.
__________________
"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." - Peter
  #14  
Old Oct 31, '06, 4:38 pm
exclamation mar exclamation mar is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: October 31, 2006
Posts: 11
Religion: shi'ite muslim
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

God has created Man to know him !

Otherwise how do you worship whom you don't know ?
  #15  
Old Oct 31, '06, 5:31 pm
KindredSoul KindredSoul is offline
Regular Member
 
Join Date: September 20, 2006
Posts: 836
Religion: Catholic since Easter Vigil 2007
Default Re: Why did God create man ?

I voted "To love us and have a relationship with us", though I meant to say "Both of the above." The relationship He seeks with us is one in which we are worshipful, but I don't believe He ever divorces it from His love for us. Therefore, if not for my slip of hand, "Both of the above" would've been my vote.
Closed Thread

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Non-Catholic Religions

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search Thread
Search Thread:

Advanced Search
Display

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump



Prayer Intentions

Most Active Groups
8451Meet and talk,talk talk
Last by: suko
5143CAF Prayer Warriors Support Group
Last by: UpUpAndAway
4424Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother
Last by: DesertSister62
4037OCD/Scrupulosity Group
Last by: eschator83
3863SOLITUDE
Last by: beth40n2
3734Let's empty Purgatory
Last by: DesertSister62
3318Petitions Before the Blessed Sacrament
Last by: Amiciel
3282Poems and Reflections
Last by: PathWalker
3223Catholic Vegetarians & Vegans
Last by: Rifester
3109For seniors and shut- ins
Last by: RevDrJBTDDPhD



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:57 pm.

Home RSS Feeds - Home - Archive - Top

Copyright © 2004-2014, Catholic Answers.