Why did God make us? I mean right at the beginning? As God, He surely does not need or require us in any way. I don't ask how we are born, we all understand the physical part, my question is WHY? This is Christian philosophy really, would you take it on?
UK Apologetics Reply:
Yes, in fact I have taken this question on before. The following is probably the closest we can get to answering this question:
As a loving God of perfect, holy, complete and righteous character God has a desire to share His life of eternity with His many human children; don't forget we are made in God's image (Genesis 1:26-27). In a very real sense it is true to say that God wants to increase His family. There is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but - for all the incomprehensible greatness of that - that does not amount to a family. One could consider the angels; they too are eternal beings yet they are below God. There are limits in their understanding because - wonderful beings that they are - it seems as though they can only operate under leadership, divine leadership for most of them (the 'demons' are fallen angels which can apparently only now operate under malign leadership), also angels have never lived as human beings, they have never experienced 'humaness' - only Jesus Christ has done that. So for all their wonder and splendour, angels do not really have a family relationship with God.
Lower Than The Angels But With Promotion To Come...
Carefully consider these verses:
4. what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 5. You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. 6. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7. all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8. the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. (Psalm :4-8).
Notice it is us human beings - not angels - who are "crowned with glory and honour." God planned from eternity for the salvation of countless human souls (Revelation 13:8), souls who would come to share something of God's quality of eternal life - not the lower angelic quality of it. But firstly God had to make us sinless - that is only achieved in and through Christ. God wants exemplary character in His family - souls who - in a scenario in which they could have chosen evil - chose to resist evil, deciding to take hold of eternal life in and through Christ. We still have many difficulties and temptations for the present but they will all have vanished when our human lives on this earth are concluded, when we are no longer flesh. We will then be - God willing - the completed product!
Carefully read the following:
14. Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15. What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16. What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people" 17. Therefore, "Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." 18. And, "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
Notice there that God wants us as His "sons and daughters" - oh yes, we are that in a sense now but God wants it to be true spiritually as well; we are called the temple of the living God (verse 16). That puts us above the station of the angelic realm.
In God's Family - But Not God as God is God.
The mistake which some have made is to claim that one day "we can be God as God is God." No, we can't be that. That is to take this too far. Yet it is true to say that God created men and women in His image because of His desire to add to His family - there is surely no other way to read the relevant Scriptures! So one day the saved of the earth will indeed be in an exalted position within God's family - yes, you and I can be there too; that is why we were called, that is the promise of Scripture. We can be eternal spirit beings above the level of the angels. In fact, in Romans 8, Paul writes that we should already conclude ourselves as being there! One of the final events which Scripture prophesies is that of Jesus Christ becoming married to His Church. All human marriages are only a type of the greatest marriage of all yet to come, the marriage of the Church to Jesus Christ!
6. Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) 9. Then the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!" And he added, "These are the true words of God." (Revelation 19:6-9).
We now come to the wondrous time ofThe New Heavens and New Earth:
1. Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 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. 3. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4. 'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." 5. He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." 6. He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. (Revelation 21:1-7).
Could anything be plainer?
Robin A. Brace. October 22nd-24th, 2016.