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Why did God create us?

Submitted: 2/15/2012
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Question: A child asked: Why did God create us? As of now, the only answer I can think of is that God created man in order to have dominion over God's creation on the Earth (Genesis). Can you guys help me with supporting verses if you also know other reasons? Thank you so much and may God bless you.

Answer: Genesis 2:5-7 says, 'For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.' This passage suggests that God made the first man to work in His garden. Of course, today the only garden of Eden in the world is the true church--the body of Christ. Therefore, we can say that we have been made to do kingdom work for Jesus. But even though there is truth in this, I think we can also say that God made us so that He could have fellowship with creatures who are in many ways like Him. This is why in the beginning He made man in His own image and why He instituted the New Testament plan, which has as its primary objective that we would be 'conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren' (Romans 8:29).