Why did God make man?
We can see in the Bible that King David himself asked this question:
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
We can also see that God clearly, according to scripture, does not “need” us, or is in need of us, as follows:
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
We can also see that God has never been lonely in all eternity, so him creating us was not a remedy for his non-existent loneliness. He has always had the company of the Son and the Holy Spirit. We can see this in Genesis 1:26 where God says, “Let us make man in our own image.”
The creation of man was not because God “needed” to be worshiped either, because God is perfect in himself and worship would therefore be unnecessary. We can also see that God made us because he loved us first and wanted a relationship with us:
“The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.”
God clearly wanted to make us because he would love us.
So if God doesn’t need us then why did he make us?
The quick answer that is forwarded by scripture is “for His pleasure” and because He loves us “with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.” We can see this in Revelation 4:11 and Colossians 1:16:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
“All things were created by him and for him.”
He created us is because he “wanted” to create us, for us to take pleasure in him and he in us. God is personal, he wants creatures he can have a truly personal and genuine relationship with. Those creatures are us.
We are clearly told in Genesis 1:27 that we have been made in the “image” of God, therefore he has endowed us with love and morality, as well as the ability to have a relationship with him, to serve him, worship him, and have a happy fellowship with him.
But doesn’t that make God a megalomaniac and a egomaniac? Why is everything about him?
We can see in other verses why many people propose such a question:
“For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.”
If we delve into the Old Testament we can see that God instructed people to build a temple for him to dwell in their midst, he also instructed the people to sacrifice animals to him. It certainly begins to look as though God is indeed self-centered and arrogant, and wants everything for himself.
We can even see this in Matthew 6:9 where we are told to pray for His Kingdom before we can even pray for our own concerns, as follows:
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
In other words we are to revere God’s name and pray for his Kingdom before anything else.
This most certainly seems to conflict with the Christian doctrine that God loves us, and cares for us, and wants the best for us. In furtherance, there are essentially two types of pride, one is the arrogant type (the one we associate the word with), and the other one is to have a healthy view of oneself.
We can see this good type pride being evidenced in the Bible, this is best seen in Apostle Paul where he states that we can “boast in the Lord” (2 Cor. 10:17) as well as in the cross (Galatians 6:14). Here we can see that Paul was clearly proud of his faith and of the early Christians.
We can see that pride is the negative sense is clearly an unwarranted accusation of God. There is simply nothing bigger, better, greater, and more glorious than God. If God were a tyrannical, evil, and nasty character then he would clearly not be worthy of worship, in fact if he was such a God then we would not have a choice in the matter. However, God is clearly a very good and humble God. We must look at God’s true nature and true character. For instance being made in the image of God is an act of extreme love and kindness, and most certainly anything but arrogance on the part of God. What it means to be created in His image is to be endowed with many of his attributes, we are also created to rule creation with him, however, we are to also walk with him and worship him and make him the center of our lives.
We must also remember that all life comes from God, as seen in Genesis:
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
So God knows that there is no life without him, he is the sole source of life. We need to understand that to take part in life we need a “connection” with God. Christians know that God is the sole source of life, and our gratitude comes in the form of worship and having a personal relationship with him. To live in such a relationship with God is the very purpose of life.
The most important key point we should take away here is that God is very humble.
We can see this in both the New and Old Testaments. In the book of Isaiah and Psalms we clearly see this coming through:
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
“Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high, Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!”
(Psalm 113:5-6 )
God is clearly present with the “low of spirit” and the broken spirited, he also looks down from Heaven to have a look at us. As clearly evident we can deduce that God does care for us and loves us.
However, the most humble act of God was the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. God loved us so much that he was willing to come down from Heaven, endure torturous pain, and eventually death to reconcile us, an undeserving people, with himself. That is evidence of an extremely loving, caring and humble God.
So with regards to the question that God is arrogant and self centered is not true. The simple reason we are to worship, exalt, and honour him is because he created us, and because he is the very reason we actually exist in the first place.