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SEEKING MAN

Why Did God Create Man?

Prologue | Chapter One | Chapter Two

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. . . [Genesis 1:28 KJV]

Six-thousand years ago in the Garden of Eden, God, in effect, embedded the idea of procreation into the spirit of man, which mandated that they be fruitful and multiply. Since then having kids has been a natural process through which we love and cleave unto our spouse. Although many plan their pregnancies, many couples do not even think about having children. It just happens.

I was talking to my brother Jeff about my ideas concerning the writing of Seeking Man and the lead question, “Why did God create man?” I said, “It would be interesting to know some of the reasons why people have kids? Is it all just a natural process with no thought involved or are we just subconsciously fulfilling God’s Genesis mandate placed in our spirit, to go forth and multiply. On the other hand, is wondering what our kids would look like, if we had them, our only motivation in having them. Do we just want to carry on the family name or are our kids’ just physical evidence of our love and union with each other? What?”

What Jeff told me in answering my question was profound. It was a divine connection and a defining moment in this project.

Concentric Circles, Jeff said to me, “I can only speak for myself but I never really thought about or consciously planned for our kids, but I was in awe when I first saw them [1]. I loved them even before they were born. There was an extension of me living inside of her womb. . .no, of us. In retrospect, I feel I did what God expected of me, to be fruitful and to multiply. I brought them both to Christ and had a very big part in their spiritual growth.

“Metaphorically speaking, I look at their births as concentric circles. With each birth comes another concentric circle, the center of which is Christ. With each circle, I am extending the faith of Christ so that my children can go forth, multiply, and create their own circles of concentricity in Christ.” – Jeff

I thought this to be an extraordinary insight from the Lord. As we all know, concentric circles are circles with a common center. In other words, the center of our being is Christ and our life centers around Him, or it should.

With each degree of movement in our own circle throughout our life is a time when we obeyed or disobeyed Christ, prayed or didn’t pray, went to church or didn’t go to church, helped another or didn’t bother, brought someone to the saving knowledge of Christ, or fearing rejection, passed on the opportunity. What do we look like to Christ, the center of our circle? How is our circle doing so far?

Maybe this is God’s way of seeing what we’ll look like as He formulated His plan [2] and watched how the circle of our life began and ends as we revolve our life around Christ. Because of our free will, God based His plan on our decisions. Are we a part of God’s divine plan?

Now that God knows what we look like, why on Earth would He create us?

Who is man that God should be mindful of him? This is a challenging question, one that will probably never have a definitive answer. Nonetheless, my curiosity is such as to where I feel compelled to try. However, the reason why God created man isn’t as important as the fact that He did, because he has an unconditional love for us.

This is amazing to me that God would love us anyway considering how sinful and corrupt man has become. Think about it, “Why would a righteous and holy God knowingly create man especially with the foreknowledge of the fall, knowing that only some souls would be saved. Why indeed, let alone seek and love him enough to sacrifice His one and only Son, Jesus Christ?” To man, this does not make any sense.

There was a time when I asked myself that very question but my finite temporal mind could not grab ahold of it, especially when I knew of God’s foreknowledge [3] and how man turned out. More so, when I consider who God is and then I consider who man is. . .how could I even come close to answering the question. For example, God is infinite and man is finite. God is holy and man is sinful. God is righteous and man is corrupt. God is truth and man is a liar. God is just and man is unjust. God loves unconditionally and man loves conditionally and right on down the list. We couldn’t be further apart.

God created a perfect man in every way, but it was because of one bite from a piece of fruit, that condemned Adam, Eve, and all of mankind to a sin nature that separated us from God. . .forever. Nevertheless, I am glad that He does love us because I can’t fathom a life without Christ. It is through Him that I have life and have my being.

In my third book, “Seeking God,” I listed many of the obvious and limitless reasons and benefits as to why man would want to seek and love God. I also gave nine different levels in which we seek Him However, during the process, that same question haunted my mind, “Why would God create man?” For the life of me, I couldn’t think of one reason or benefit to God as to why God would want to, especially given our history and sinful nature.

That question wouldn’t go away and it still hung in the air even after I finished Seeking God. I knew right then and there that God was priming me for writing Seeking Man because He eventually gave me the mandate to write this sequel. The question perplexed me and prompted much thought, prayer, and study through God’s Word, but the more I thought about the question, the more I was perplexed and at a loss for an answer. Maybe it was the apparent absurdity of the question that didn’t allow me to focus on the answer and it alluded me. It made no sense.

As I scrambled to get even a couple of notes down on paper, my loss of words reminded me of Moses when he told God that he didn’t have the words for Pharaoh [4] because—like Moses?I had no clue as to the words needed to express the narrative of God’s mandate. Because nothing came to me right away, I rationalized to myself (and to God), I said, “God, can anybody really understand you enough to write about what you are thinking and the reason why you do anything [5]?” However, as with Moses, and his outcry to God [6] it did not change God’s mind and neither did it change God’s mind concerning His mandate to me.

Therefore, I went back to God’s Word with the same question in tow, “What could possibly be the benefit to God for creating, seeking, and loving man?” There didn’t seem to be any commonality between us. We were definitely getting the better of the relationship.

I was about to put the project on the shelf for a whilebecause my bewilderment still lingered, “Who is man that God should seek and love him?” King David apparently had the same question to God in the Psalms.

What is man, that thou art mindful of him. . .[Psalms 8:4a KJV]?

I said, “OK God, it’s just you and me. If you want me to write this book, then please reveal yourself to me and be my words just like you did for Moses. I want this book to be your words, and not mine.” Is there timing to God’s revealed knowledge? Maybe God didn’t reveal everything to us to force us to study His Word. Nevertheless Lord, I never want to stop learning about you.

It has been my philosophy that the first place I look for answers to any question is the Bible, but to my chagrin, God did not specifically answer my question in His Word. Therefore, without a specific answer from God, I started looking for a back door answer that served to make us study about Him. I thought to myself, “Did God have an covert answer to our question. I concluded that we can only hope to answer the prevailing question by asking a new question, ‘Who is God?”

To answer this question, we’d have to start at square one and answer it through the knowledge of His nature, His attributes, and His character. We are all one of God’s concentric circles that Jeff talked about when he described his children’s lives. I could feel God looking down on me and smiling. (Thank you Lord!) He’d started working with me already.

Man makes all his decisions and governs his life according to his values and beliefs in regards to his nature and who he is personally. He then acts accordingly. Understanding their nature and character can give us awareness as to the reasons why they do what they do, albeit sinful. Man cannot help but act so [7]. Since God made man in His own image, I concluded that He also acts according to His values and beliefs, which drives His nature and who He is as well. He cnnot help but do so, albeit holy and righteous [8].

With this insight, we can make an educated guess as to why God loved us enough to create us and then actively seek us.

So. . .who is God? What is His nature? What are His characteristics? What is His character?

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