posted on Sep, 16 2006 @ 09:51 PM
I looked into this and did a word study one time. I won't remember all I found out but I'll try too. This is a good question but the right words
need to be used to answer it properly, so I hope I use them.
First off we are not a sick joke that God has pulled.
God is complete, there is nothing lacking in Him, so He didn't make us because He was lonely or bored. He didn't make us because He's on some ego
trip. He lacks no thing.
We are to show forth the awesomeness of God. Now this showing of the abundance of who God is, is not for His benefit. He already knows who He is and
He already knows what He Himself is capable of. So He is showing who He is too others beside Himself. He's not making Himself into something
AWESOME(He already is AWESOME), He's making us into something that is awesome. From the Bible we learn that there are angels and mankind. So the
angels and mankind are being shown who God is and the extent of who He is(but this will take all of eternity).
He made us to be an expression of Himself. He made us to have a share in His universe.
He made us because He loved us. Time is a creation of God's, so outside of time there is eternity, which is an existence, but not a measured
existence. So God has always been and He has also knows everything all at the same moment, so we have always been in and on the mind of God. Even in
eternity past, before we existed, He knew PEADY, benevolent tyrant, Ersatz, probedbygrays, dbrandt etc. So we are from the "imagination" of God.
We are also part of a plan. A plan of God's(of which right now we only see a little of , for it will take all of eternity to reveal this plan and
the wonders it will consist of. Most of the things that will take place in eternity cannot even be imagined by us), to build and construct a glorious
creation that is constantly, and for all of eternity, expanding in every way shape and form(but without any sin or wrong or pain).
So He made mankind for a purpose that is significant and that brings life to us and our being into the fruition God has planned for each of us. He
was/is thinking about us.
Now having said all that there are a couple of important points. God wants each person to be a part of this plan of life. He has made a
provision that enables that to happen through faith in Christ. There are many words to describe Jesus Christ. One of them is that He is a choice. A
choice that people are confronted with and must make a decision on. To choose not to receive Christ is a choice.
God also made a choice to make us. We are made in a way that ultimately will be the best at expressing who God is. But temporarily a problem arose
with the rebellion and disobedience that mankind choose over believing God. But it was a problem that had already been taken into account for.
One thing I've noticed from posting on ATS is that people do not comprehend what the idea of who God really is. Now I'm not saying that I fully
know who God is, because that will take all of eternity to find out, but we can begin down that road and start to know who He is. Our idea of a
"GOD" is lacking, when in truth the word GOD is who He is. God means an infinite being. Being finite we can only see the tip of the iceberg of who
The most important thing there is to know about who God is has already been revealed to us. That thing is that the love of God for us is so great,
that He did not let anything stop His plan for us to be ended.
This love is demonstrated in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ in our place.
When mankind fell away from a relationship with God, He could have let our decision of disobeying Him, take it's course. That would have been
everlasting seperation from Him. And He would have been just in doing so. But His love for us, was/is so great that it was/is stronger than the pain
and horror of death. Now the death I'm talking about is the death that comes as a result of sin. He didn't want any to face that, but the law says
that is how it has to be. So for all of eternity past while we were on the mind of God, something else was also on His mind, the death that He
Himself would one day experience and totally satisfy, so that we wouldn't taste a small part of it.
We can think about this eternal, everlasting death but noone has fully felt it yet, nor can we comprehend it. But God can and did and much worse.
See when a person would experience this it would/will be horrible, but for God it was way worse than we can imagine. He had to go a step futher in
solving the sin problem. Since no man can pay for sin, since all men and women are affected by sin, the only perfect sacrifice was God Himself,
because He is sinless. So Jesus, God Himself, came to earth in the form of a human, yet still God. And at a moment on the cross He cried out, "My
God My God why have you forsaken me?" It was at that moment that all the sin of all time was placed on Him.
Now if I were to be seperated from God for my sin, I would only have the weight of my own sin to bear, I don't have to endure Hitler's sin. But
Jesus took upon Himself, every person's sin who ever existed. And I'm not talking about them being lumped on Him in one neat package. I'm talking
about each individual sin He felt, as if He had done them. I stole a balloon from the dime store when I was 3. He took that upon Himself. That and
all the other 95,000 sins I've committed He felt each one. Now add in individually, each person's individual sins. He felt each one. He suffered
for each one. He bore the pain and grief of each one. No one else has ever or will ever bear every individual sin and suffer for them all.
We can't even begin to imagine that. I have also heard that a mere human could not have stayed alive for that suffering. It would have caused a
quick death, a death insufficient for the payment required. So that's another aspect. Since Jesus is God He could stay alive while all the sin of
the world was placed on Him.
That's a good thing for us, but it should also make you realize something. Something that was so intense that it would have prematurely brought
physical death to a mere human, was put on Jesus and He stayed alive to fully pay for it. Jesus had to be human to pay the price the law demanded for
sin, but at the same time He had to be God to bear up under the weight of the sin and remain alive so it could be fully paid for. The crucifiction of
Jesus was excruciating physically, mentally and emotionally.
Even those in hell will not go through what Jesus endured on the cross. That is not meant to mean hell is a nice place, just that Jesus suffered more
than anyone ever will.
Also people are born with a sin nature. I sinned when I was little and I will unfortunately sin again in the future. Jesus who knew no sin , had
sin placed upon Him on the cross. Imagine one moment not knowing what sin felt like and the next moment He felt billions upon billions of sins(each
one) and all the grief and shame they bring with them. That would be overwhelming.
Finally Jesus who is God, at that moment was seperated from God, something He never experienced before ever. God seperated from Himself. The thought
of that doesn't make sense to us and seems impossible, yet it happened, and He felt it in every way that it could be felt.
So on the cross there was a love shown by God for people that is greater than we can now comprehend. That is another reason He made us, to show His
love for us to the entire universe.
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