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Offline melliff

Why are we here
« on: February 23, 2019, 06:42:49 AM »
I am told that religion answers the question "Why are we here?".  I can't find the answer in the Bible. Or have I missed it?



Offline davetaff

Re: Why are we here
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2019, 01:07:29 PM »
Hi Melliff
Well come and thank you for you question I think the answer lies in Genesis.

. 26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth           

We were created to have dominion over the earth to look after it and tend it unfortunately it has not turned out that way has it that's why God says in revelations.

.   Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth 

So as we see from the above instead of looking after God's creation there are those who are destroying it it's interesting that a prophecy written 2000 years ago is coming true in our time.

Love and Peace
Dave

Offline Indonesia

Re: Why are we here
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2019, 04:10:57 PM »
I am told that religion answers the question "Why are we here?".  I can't find the answer in the Bible. Or have I missed it?


Hello.
Good question. There are answers in the bible.
You could listen to as many peoples views as possible including your own and pray to God for the answer.

Offline Indonesia

Re: Why are we here
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2019, 04:15:54 PM »
Davetaff said :
.   Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth 

So as we see from the above instead of looking after God's creation there are those who are destroying it it's interesting that a prophecy written 2000 years ago is coming true in our time.



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 My questions:

In what way are people destroying the world. Through them developing industry for instance and not remaining as they were before?
How does that make everyone individually responsible and what can they do ?
Can the human race resolve the earth being destroyed?

In what terms are people destroying the earth. Physical or morally ? In the latter case are people hurting each other and God's plan. ?

Offline Deborah

Re: Why are we here
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2019, 05:22:35 PM »
I am told that religion answers the question "Why are we here?".  I can't find the answer in the Bible. Or have I missed it?
The Bible isn't a book of simple answers to questions like this. One reason is that the answers aren't simple! Instead, the Bible tells a story, beginning in Genesis with the first humans and ending in Revelation when God will reign over all. In between, we discover how humans messed the whole thing up (Old Testament) and how God set about putting it right again (Jesus, in the New Testament).

The Bible is an awfully long book to read, though, so summaries can be helpful. The (very) short answer to "why are we here?" is "to glorify God and enjoy Him for ever."
Dave also makes a good point - God originally intended the human race to be the stewards and guardians of the rest of His creation. We were meant to be God's representatives on earth (resembling Him in many respects). Things went badly wrong, of course, so we cause at least as much damage as good. Industry and technology don't have to be bad things; but we have used them carelessly and destructively.
"My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27)

Offline melliff

Re: Why are we here
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2019, 06:00:35 AM »
The (very) short answer to "why are we here?" is "to glorify God and enjoy Him for ever."

You make us sound like God's groupies.  What about those that don't believe in God?  Why are they here?

Dave also makes a good point - God originally intended the human race to be the stewards and guardians of the rest of His creation. We were meant to be God's representatives on earth (resembling Him in many respects). Things went badly wrong, of course, so we cause at least as much damage as good. Industry and technology don't have to be bad things; but we have used them carelessly and destructively.

God, being all knowing, must have known that his creation would make a mess of it, so why do it?  Surely God could have created stewards and guardians that would do a perfect job?

Offline Deborah

Re: Why are we here
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2019, 09:22:18 AM »
You make us sound like God's groupies.  What about those that don't believe in God?  Why are they here?

I did say that was a very short answer! "Glorify God" is a phrase that needs explanation - it means primarily 'live in a way that honours God'.
And we're all here for the same reason. Those who choose to ignore God are not fulfilling their intended purpose, and they have to invent another one.

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God, being all knowing, must have known that his creation would make a mess of it, so why do it?  Surely God could have created stewards and guardians that would do a perfect job?
Of course He could have done that. He could have created a race of robots. But He didn't. Might be worth pondering the possible reasons for that decision.
"My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27)

Offline davetaff

Re: Why are we here
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2019, 01:50:47 PM »
You make us sound like God's groupies.  What about those that don't believe in God?  Why are they here?

God, being all knowing, must have known that his creation would make a mess of it, so why do it?  Surely God could have created stewards and guardians that would do a perfect job?


Hi Melliff
I think the answer to your question is Love and freewill God wants to love him of our own freewill this is true love God cannot force us to love him it would not be love but programming.
It all has to do with creation the last thing God was to create was man in his image this will only be realised in Christ at his second coming when he is joined to his bride the church and they become one as stated in Genesis.
True love comes at a great price think what it has cost the human race but there is no other way it must be a freewill choice from the heart.
God's Sabbath rest is Christ's millennial reign when he hands everything over to Christ to finish the creation if  its not so it would mean God had failed and that's unthinkable God has not fail it's jest that he has not finished his creation.

Love and Peace
Dave