Why did God create man ?


#1

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

**Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
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  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?
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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?
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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?
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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).


#3

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

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. :smiley:


#5

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

Who could blame him?


#6

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

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.


#8

. . . . and that is EXACTLY what I am teaching my sixth grade CCD class. We recite it together at every session!


#9

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=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.”
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And, later on, we read the following passage in the Christian Scriptures…

[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.
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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=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.
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#10

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

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?


#12

I dont disagree with you that God is a loving father.

salam


#13

Sorry, I was composing my post before I saw your previous one. Thanks.


#14

God has created Man to know him !

Otherwise how do you worship whom you don’t know ?


#15

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.


#16

To know, love and serve God in this world and to share happiness in the next world with Him.


#17

i agree.

It is to share with us His love, and we by free-will choose to love Him and obey Him and serve Him out of love ( ya bunay a3tini qalbak) and not out of obligation. After this momentary journey, to join Him and be in His presence :slight_smile:


#18

God made us to know Him, love Him, and serve Him in this world so as to be happy with Him forever in the next.-Baltimore catechism


#19

God created man so that we could perform acts of kindness and acts of charity.


#20

God is Infinite.

Being INFINITE is sooo cool, that God decided He wanted to share a part of that Infinity.

So, God created man … a finite creation with free will.

HOWEVER, even a tiny portion of Infinity is so enormously powerful, that God decided He had to do some testing of the finite creation to make sure that He (God) would be able to live with His creations for Eternity.

So, God allows His creations (Man) to be tested and evaluated. Those He deems ok, get the passing grade … and after purification in “finishing school” (what we refer to as purgatory) … man gets admitted to what we call Heaven.

Those men who He deems not-ok, get sent to Hell. Which is unfortunate, but they were warned ahead of time and given the resources (the Church) to stay on the straight and narrow …

So… stay in the state of grace.

Pray always and constantly.


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