Creation: The Purpose
What is the Purpose of Creation?
I propose that the purpose of creation is to produce god-like beings with the power to interact with the Almighty God, and rule over His Creation in eternity. Allow me to explain.
The history of ancient Israel records that in the first creation God produced a race of beings called Angels. These were god-like beings, almost equal in stature to God Himself. When some of these angels rebelled, God changed their leader’s name from Lucifer to Satan, cast them out of His Presence, and created Adam and Eve to fill their position. God placed His new creation in the “Garden of Eden,” and warned them not to take the knowledge of good and evil. Satan hated Adam and Eve. In his first attempt to destroy this new creation, he visited them in Eden and enticed them to take the forbidden knowledge. Prior to taking that knowledge, Adam and Eve were described as being “naked;” meaning they were exposed, child-like, innocent beings, without guile, and vulnerable to being misled. The knowledge of good and evil gave them the power to judge right from wrong, making them god-like beings with the ability to contest authority. God condemned Satan for his dastardly deed, and made the following revealing statement:
And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. Gen. 3:22-23.
The knowledge of Good and Evil, made Adam and Eve perceptive beings, capable of challenging the power structure. To avoid conflict in heaven, God clothed our ancestors in mortal bodies and banished them to experience death / exile on the Earth. The earth’s ecology is predicated on death. It prevents the planet from becoming over-populated with vegetation, insects, animals, and humans; yet, allows for renewal through rebirth, or “resurrection. “ The earth is God’s incubator of souls for the next life.
God’s Eternal Plan for Adam and Eve, and their Descendants
The Almighty God is described in the history of ancient Israel as all-knowing; therefore, Satan’s rebellion, deception of Adam and Eve, and his attempt to destroy them in death, had to be part of God’s eternal plan. It is my position that Satan was allowed to fall in order to reveal the consequences of rebellion against God. However, humans are the ultimate target of God’s Creation. By allowing Satan to corrupt Adam and Eve, causing them to be exiled into death on earth, God has allowed humanity to experience the punishment for rebellion, prior to being given a loyalty test in the second life. In addition, we have been given the ability to create sentient offspring and, like God Himself, experience the difficulty of trying to co-exist with an offspring / created being who has free-will. That experience, plus exile for the transgression of our ancestors, will make humans circumspect as we pass from this “Valley of the Shadow of Death,” and return to life in Eden. For a more detailed explanation of these events visit the link: Life vs. Death, the Ingenious Design of a Loving and All-Knowing God.
God, Moses, and the Twelve Tribes of Ancient Israel
In God’s first interaction with the ancient Israelites, He provided Moses with a set of laws that are commonly referred to as the “Ten Commandments.” The first portion of those laws, instructed the Israelites on how to honor and interact with God.
I am the Lord thy God which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shall have no other gods before me. Ex. 20:2-3.
The rest of these admonitions are revealing; however, because God has severed His interaction with humanity, they are not applicable to modern humans. In the second portion of the Commandments, God instructed the Israelites on how to behave in order to experience a peaceful existence. Like the first portion of the “Commandments,” these laws are no-longer in effect; nevertheless, they are a valuable guide to all of humanity, on how to behave while in exile / death here on earth.
The Earthly Commandments
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. Ex. 20.
Though these commandments are no longer in effect, I think everyone would agree that they are an excellent prescription for a peaceful existence in death, here on earth.
It is important to note that the very first of these earthly commandments deals with the family, and instructed the Israelites to “honor thy father and thy mother.” As the first portion of the commandments admonished the Israelites to honor their heavenly Creator, the second portion instructed them to honor their earthly creators. I am convinced that following the commandment to “Honor thy father and thy mother,” will engender peace on earth, and prepare humanity for a harmonious relationship with their Heavenly Creator in the next life.
What was God Thinking?
I will use my personal experience, to help the reader understand the Mind of God. I have been married to my wife Josephine for forty-five years. Over those years we created three children. At one point, all three rebelled against our authority. They rejected the concept of “Honor thy father and thy mother,” and challenged our position as parents. Their rebellion caused a great deal of tension in our home, and each had to be informed that if they did not want to submit to our authority they would have to leave. Fortunately, they have recovered from their mistakes, and peace has been restored in our home. My experience as a parent has allowed me to understand the difficulty of creating and living in harmony with a being who has free-will. It is my position that the purpose of our exile on earth, is to let us know what it is like to be God, and that the God of Peace will not tolerate rebellion or strife in His Domain.
God is your Heavenly Creator, your parents are your earthly creators.
What did Satan do? He rebelled against his Heavenly Creator.
What did Adam do? He disobeyed the instructions of his Heavenly Creator.
What did Judas do? He betrayed his Heavenly Creator to gain acceptance by the religious leaders in Jerusalem.
What do disobedient children do? They rebel against their earthly creators, disobey their instructions, and betray them to gain acceptance by their peers, teachers, gang leaders, a girl / boyfriend, psychiatrist, or, in some cases, their religious leaders etc..
Know this; your relationship with your parents is the biblical metric for assessing your standing with God. “Honor thy father and thy mother….”
A Family is not a Democracy.
If a father, regardless of his abilities, is not the head of the family, there is no family. There may be something else, and it might facilitate a living arrangement, but it will not be a family.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
There is an additional aspect to the Divine Wisdom of this Commandment. Our relationship with our parents is a harbinger of how we will behave when we enter life. If we are rebellious and disrespectful to our earthly creators / parents, we will find it difficult to submit to the Divine Authority of our Heavenly Creator when we pass from death into life. Honoring our parents in this life, will prepare us for a loyalty test in the next. Those who pass that “Day of Judgment,” under the Kingdom (government of God chosen for the Twelve Tribes of Ancient Israel,) will receive eternal life.
To Achieve Inner and Universal Peace
The key to human existence on earth is; large self-sufficient families, and small weak government. Do not honor any ideology, political party, government leader, religion, or intellectual cult, “Honor thy father and thy mother.” If everyone on the planet follows that Divine Commandment, we will achieve inner and universal peace.
What is the Purpose of Creation?
God’s Purpose in creating humans. is to produce god-like eternal beings, test their loyalty, and give those who pass that test the power to interact with the Almighty God, and rule over His Creation in eternity.
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