I shared the fact that God is independent in the sense that He doesn’t need anyone or anything else. Never has and never will. But God is also independent in the sense that no one else is like Him. He is unique and cannot be compared to anything or anyone in all of creation.So, it does ask the question:
If He is independent and doesn’t need anyone or anything, then why did He create man?
This is a question not easy to ask and even harder to answer. Only one thing makes sense, and it’s not particularly comfortable:
For His glory.
Because of this statement, many people consider God a narcissist. If he created man so that man would glorify Him, then He is full of Himself and must consider Himself the center of the universe.
Here’s the reason why that’s okay:
He is the center of the universe.
And the sooner we can accept and embrace this, the better off we are. Seriously. He is the center of all, and He deserves all the glory and all our praise. But He also created us because He wanted to love us. He wants to pour out His love on his creatures. Creating us for this purpose is hard for us to handle. The reason is because we want a logical explanation for everything.
Love isn’t logical.
Why would God love us? Let’s go back further. Why would he create us at all when He knew (if He did know, you might say—fodder for another discussion) that man was going to sin or fall from grace, as many fondly refer to it?
If He knew that His perfect Adam was going to sin and that their relationship was going to be broken and that this sin would be passed on to every generation after him, why would God do it? Why would He go through the heartache of sending His son, Jesus, to earth to become a man, suffer the imperfection of the world, and then die on the cross? Just to save us?
The answer is love.
Is it logical? No. And for His glory? Didn’t He go through a lot of trouble for that to happen? Yes, He did. And well, let’s take another thing into consideration: History.
Let’s face it. It is all about Him. It is His story, and we are actors in it. It is all about Him. We can accept it or not. If we do, we will definitely be better off in life. If we don’t, we are smashing our heads against a wall and will eventually crack it. Our heads, not the wall.
God is an independent being. He needs no one. But He chooses to have a relationship with us.
It was a light bulb moment for me when I discovered what the whole thing is about. It isn’t new. You probably already know. It took me a while. The purpose for the whole thing, for God creating earth and then man and then establishing a relationship with him? This is it, simply put, but as complex as anything we can fathom:
God wants to have a people and for Him to be their God.
That’s it. I am so on board with that. What a privilege.
I welcome your comments.
Trying to figure out all the things to say about God is like diving into the ocean and trying to pick up all the grains of sand in the bottom. Of all the oceans, not just the Pacific or Atlantic. Impossible. That’s where the saying fathomless has to come from. Stay tuned while we continue on with God’s attributes.