Question: How and why did God create us?
Answer: God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him, and glorify him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to his glory.
Scripture: Genesis 1:27
One of the greatest lies ever told is that God made man because God was lonely. I have heard this lie told in Sunday School classes, Bible studies, and camps. The problem with this particular answer is two-fold. First, if God created man because He was lonely then He needed us to complete Himself; however, God is complete in and of Himself. Second, if God created man because He was lonely, then man becomes the lead actor in the story. I believe that is why this particular answer continues even though there is no Scriptural support or theological foundation. Man likes to think that He is the reason for God rather than God the reason for man. God did not create man because there was anything deficient in Himself. Rather, as the fourth question and answer of the catechism teaches, God created man to image God (Genesis 1:27). An image is a likeness that points to a greater reality. A picture of the president is a likeness that reminds and points us to that president. Likewise, as image bearers, man is created to image God. There has been much debate regarding the nature of the image (physical appearance, relational, cognition, etc.), but these debates miss the main point. The main point is not the nature of the image, but the action of imaging. We were created to image God. As image-bearers we are called to resemble God and point all of creation to God. We are able to do this as we know Him better, love Him deeper, and live in obedience to His commands. And as we do all of this, we reflect and display God’s glory.
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