I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question over my years. “1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Okay, cool, but why? The Bible gives us only fractional information about the realms of God before our Genesis. And why would He? “In the beginning” means just that, the beginning of this Creation. God didn’t have a beginning; He’s always been. Anything to the otherwise is pure fiction; thereby irrelevant.
"Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God." Psalms 90:2.
Carey Kinsolving, the creator of kidstalkaboutGod.org, asked a group of kids this age-old question, “Why did God make us?” The answers he received make me smile.
God made us because He was tired of seeing dinosaurs on the world”, replied Austin, age 7.
“He didn’t like the dinosaurs”, adds Colton, 6.Kids talk about God: why did God make us? | Cashmere Valley Record
Indeed, since my childhood and our repeated visits to the National Dinosaur Museum in Canberra, I’ve queried the reality of God’s purpose for the dinosaurs, their lives and extinction. Just to be clear, the dating of dinosaurs to millions of years is purely scientific speculation.
The idea of millions of years of evolution is just the evolutionists’ story about the past. No scientist was there to see the dinosaurs live through this supposed dinosaur age. In fact, there is no proof whatsoever that the world and its fossil layers are millions of years old. No scientist observed dinosaurs die. Scientists only find the bones in the here and now, and because many of them are evolutionists, they try to fit the story of the dinosaurs into their view.Ken Ham on November 5, 1999
In Genesis, the Hebrew word “Yom“, meaning “day” (connected with morning and evening), designates a twenty-four-hour period. We’re told again in Exodus 20:11 that the heavens and the earth were created in six days and God rested on the Seventh. This set the pattern for the seven day week.
In Genesis 1:5-31, the first through to sixth days, are named according to their position ahead of God’s day of rest (the sabbath) on the seventh day. However, in many cultures, the names for the seven days of the week stem from Old English, Latin and Nordic traditions:
- Monday – Mōnandæg; which comes from the Norse personification of the moon,
- Tuesday – Tīwesdæg; Tyr or Tiu, the Norse god of war, law and justice,
- Wednesday – Wōdnesdæg; Wōden/Odin, the sovereign Teutonic/Norse god; identified with the Roman god of Mercury, guide of souls after death,
- Thursday – Þūnresdæg; Thor’s Day, the Norse god of thunder,
- Friday – Frīgedæg; Frigga’s day, the Norse goddess of fertility and love, the wife of Odin,
- Saturday – Sæturnesdæg; Saturn’s Day, the Roman god of agriculture and harvest, thought to have once ruled the earth during a time of happiness and virtue,
- Sunday – Sunnandæg; Sunna or Sól, the Norse goddess of the sun; Helios, the Greek god of the sun.
“I think God created us because God thought we would be special, and it turns out we are special!” says Chelsea, 8.Kids talk about God: why did God make us? | Cashmere Valley Record
You’re right, Chelsea; we’re each a son or daughter of Elohim, God the Eternal Father. Being made in the image of God puts us well above the angels. As we see in 1 Corinthians 6:3, “3Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!”
I think God made us because He was bored of just sitting up in heaven looking down at nothing”, says Jordan, 10.Kids talk about God: why did God make us? | Cashmere Valley Record
Implemented by Christian leaders to explain the millions of years evident in the fossil record, the “gap theory” suggests a significant expanse of time (millions of years) between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. This idea is also called the Ruin and Reconstruction Theory.
The gap theory was developed mainly for the purpose of accommodating the great ages demanded by evolutionary geologists.Henry M. Morris PH.D, November 1, 1997
According to this theory, the dark, formless and empty state of the world was God’s response to some evil that had occurred, rendering the earth uninhabitable.
The verb “now” at the beginning of Genesis 1:2 can mean:
- At the present time or moment,
- In the time immediately before the present, or
- In the time instantly to follow.
- To exist,
- Be or become,
- Come to pass.
Flip back to , and you’ll read,
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”Genesis 1:1-2
It’s also been suggested that these verses illustrate the reconstruction of an earlier fallen world that was erased under a Luciferic Flood.
However tangible this might sound, be careful. In Revelation 22 from Jesus Christ to John,
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
The Bible doesn’t explicate the state of things before Genesis 1:1. Those who add their own views, prophecies and illustrations are accredited the judgements revealed above.
Indeed, would further knowledge of God pre-Creation add anything to our lives not already provided by His Spirit and Word? Scientists, including Christian Scientists, have spent (or wasted) their lives coming up with doctrines and theories that have all too regularly morphed into “facts.” I’ll investigate such heresy in a future entry.
“I think God made us because He wanted to see somebody playing and having fun”, says Sara, 8.
“God created us because He wanted someone to play with”, says Sarah, 7.
“Or to talk and walk with Him”, says Carri, 9.Kids talk about God: why did God make us? | Cashmere Valley Record
I wouldn’t go so far as to say we were made for play, in the sense of frivolity and laughter. Humanity was created to serve God and His Creation:
26 Then God said, “Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the livestock and over all the earth, and over every crawling thing that crawls on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that [c]moves on the earth.”
“God created us to rule the Earth”, says Katharyn, 9. “He also wanted us (or Adam) to name the animals. He needed us to take care of the fruit tree. He also wanted us to pray to Him and to be with Him.”Kids talk about God: why did God make us? | Cashmere Valley Record
2:15Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and tend it.…20The man gave names to all the livestock, and to the birds of the sky, and to every animal of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.Genesis 2:15, 20
In Genesis 3:8-9, God walked around the garden in the cool of the day. This illustrates that God found enjoyment in His creation and wanted to share this time with Adam and Eve.
“God made us for His own glory”, says Cody, 7.
Or “to live in His glory”, concludes Ross, 11.Kids talk about God: why did God make us? | Cashmere Valley Record
Yes. We read in Isaiah 43 that as believers, we were summoned and rescued by God to guide people back to Him.
6…Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth — 7everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.Isaiah 43:6-7
From our genesis to our end, we were each made