Posts Tagged "Genesis"

Why Did God Make Us? (Questions Kids Ask)

QuestionWhen I started the “Questions Kids Ask” series a couple of weeks ago with the question, Who made God?, I didn’t realize how popular that post would become.  Indeed, in less than two weeks, it has become the most popular post ever on my blog.  It has also sparked some interesting discussion including one commenter who asked, “So what made him up and decide to create the planets and life?”  I don’t know how old this person is, but the question seems like a logical follow-up question in the “Questions Kids Ask” series, so I thought I would deal with it in a separate post.  In short, I suppose the question is:

Why Did God Make Us?

This question has been asked over and over throughout history.  In fact, King David asked essentially the same question in Psalm 8:

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”  [Psalms 8:3-4]

The fact of the matter is that the Bible does not give us explicit details about why God chose to make us as opposed to not making us.  Genesis 1:1 clearly tells us that God created the world, and Genesis 1:27 tells us that he created man (and woman) in his own image.  Beyond that, it does not talk much about the why of creation.  Accordingly, this question rightly falls under the umbrella of the “secret things” discussed in Deuteronomy 29:29:

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” [Deuteronomy 29:29]

Fortunately, the Bible does give some insight even if it doesn’t come right out and directly answer the question.  Let’s start with some of the mistaken theories that are often offered for why God created us.  Let’s look at some of those notions and see why they are not true.

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Wayne's Random Thoughts…Monthly Round Up (April 2009)

This blog is growing almost every day.  With that in mind, I thought it might make sense to do a monthly recap of the prior month’s posts in case new readers may have missed something.  My goal is to get this out in the first week of each month.  I barely made it this month.  Rather than a sequential listing of the posts for the month, I thought this would be more useful if I grouped things by category.  So, here are the posts to Wayne’s Random Thoughts for the month of April 2009:

Shepherding A Child’s Heart Synopsis

Monday Morning Prophecy

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Old Testament…New Ideas (Jelly Telly’s Books of the Bible Series)

The folks over at Jelly Telly are working their way through a kids sized explanation of the books of the Old Testament.  For those who don’t know, Jelly Telly is Phil Vischer’s (creator of Veggietales) new home.  These videos use both The Fabulous Bentley Brothers and Sunday School Lady to teach us about the books of the Old Testament.  The videos are great for kids, children’s ministry and adults.  Thanks to Tony Kummer over at Ministry-To-Children.com for turning me on to these.  Here’s Genesis through Nehemiah:

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