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  • Donald Layton Poplin on Genesis 6
    why did GOD make heaven and earth
  • GiGi - in Reply on Genesis 6
    Hello Donald.

    As Rev 4:10-11 states, God created all thins for His pleasure. Elsewhere in Scripture it says that God created everything for His Glory (can't find the verse right now). In another place it says that God created the earth to be inhabited.

    So here we have in Scripture these purpose for creation. He did not need to create because He is complete withing Himself in need of nothing outside of Himself. But He did choose to create everything other than Himself because it pleases Him to see His glory displayed in all of creation and in His plan for the beings He created. God was benevolent in creating the universe and all living things, not out of pride or conceit. He desired to share Himself with beings He created, not because He needed these relationships, but because He wanted to have others outside of the Godhead benefit from His love and goodness. And in doing so, He glorifies Himself in creation as He exercises His attributes to their fullest.

    I often think about what it means that He created for His glory. This is not well-defined in Scripture. I guess if He wanted us to know in full His reason for creating all things, He would have elaborated more in Scripture. Maybe we will understand this more in eternity. We are limited creatures. He is infinite Creator. So we cannot expect to comprehend all of Who He is and His purposes. But knowing that He and His purposes are absolutely good helps us to trust His actions.

    Hope this helps.
  • RichFairhurst - in Reply on Genesis 6
    Rev 4:10-11 states:

    10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

    This is confirmed by God saying at the end of the first 5 days that God saw that it was good. At the end of the 6th day when He created the beasts and especially man in His likeness He said it was very good. The 7th day He rested from all that He created and blessed it. He was satisfied and pleased with creation and put his blessing over all of it.

    The fall has brought the curse and dissatisfaction and wrath as the serpent intended, not God. If Satan can no longer have the pleasure of God and the blessings God spoke over His creation, he has made it his sole purpose with everything in his power to make sure no one else can have it.

    God put enmity between two seeds in the curse of the serpent, the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. This was prophetically spoken to make a separation between them in God's new creation, like when he spoke light into existence and separated light and darkness on the first day of the old creation. Cain couldn't stand Able being blessed for offering a blood sacrifice when he wasn't for his earthly offerings. Cain killed Able, which demonstrated Cain was born of the seed of the serpent with his focus on earthly things and hatred of anyone being blessed when he wasn't. Able was of the seed of the woman by faith offerng a sacrifice in the likeness of the one who's resurrection is the beginning of the new creation, Jesus Christ.

    We can overcome the fall, curse, dissatisfaction and wrath God intends for the devil and return to the rest where God is satisfied and pleased with us. But the only way to do that now is to become His new creations in Christ and let the old creation pass away
  • Mishael - in Reply on Genesis 6
    Because God is Love. He wanted us on earth to be loved and give love back to God (because we want to). Also, to give love and be loved by our fellowman.

    God gave us freewill so it could be our desire to worship and love God. Facts are, Satan was in the garden too, and planted seeds of doubt in the first couple.

    Our lives become a lot simpler when we live our lives within the love of God and leadership through Jesus.

    Someday we can live in that place that is not corrupted by Satan's jealousy and his purpose of hurting the objects of Gods love.
  • Free - in Reply on Genesis 6
    Dear friend Genesis 1:1

    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

    2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

    3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

    4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

    5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

    6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

    7And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

    8And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

    9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

    10And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

    11And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

    12And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

    13And the evening and the morning were the third day.

    personally I think He would be in a light, or see the light.

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