Man and God
What Does the Bible Say? According to the revelation of the Bible, God created the heavens and the earth including everything in them (Rev. 4:11). Through God's creation we can understand something of His eternal power and divine nature (Rom. 1:20). The central item and focus of God's creation is man. When God created man His creation work was finished and complete (Gen. 1:27; 2:1).
Why did God Need Man? The Bible mentions two things in Genesis 1:26 which reveal why God needed man. First God created man in His own image. An image is an expression. God's attributes are infinite and exhaustless, yet without a proper environment and situation they cannot be exercised or expressed. Thus God created man in his own image in order that man could be His complete expression.
Secondly, God also made man to have dominion. God had already created spiritual beings, the angels, to serve Him (Psa. 104:4). But the leading angel, whom God had made perfect in beauty, became proud and took the lead to rebel against God. This angel is Satan, the source of all evil in the universe ( John 8:44; Rev. 12:9). God disdained to execute judgment on the creature He had made directly by Himself. Instead He created man with a free will with the intention that man would choose to side with God and exercise His authority over His enemy.
What Happened? However, before this glorious purpose could be fulfilled, Satan through his deception influenced man to also rebel and sin against God (Gen. 3:1-7). This brought man under God's judgment and death. Man had not only disobeyed God, but man's nature became sinful and rebellious. The reason that all men die is that all have been poisoned by sin. Today rather than expressing God, the whole world...