Sixty-four percent of Americans believe they were created by God. Can this be proven? If so, why did God create human beings?
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A June 2005 Harris Poll asked this question: Which of the following do you believe about how human beings came to be? (A) Human beings evolved from earlier species. (B) Human beings were created directly by God. (C) Human beings are so complex that they required a powerful force or intelligent being to help create them. (D) Not sure/Decline to answer.
The results are very telling: 64 percent of respondents chose “B,” agreeing that human beings were created by God.
It is interesting that so many believe they were created by God. But do they base their belief on “faith”—or have they proven beyond all reasonable doubt that God exists?
And if the existence of a creator God can be proven, then why did He create mankind? Why was man born?
Consider the earth and the many specific requirements for life to exist. Our planet must be the right distance from the sun—too close would incinerate all life; too far would freeze all life. Look at the balance of the elements in the air we breathe. If oxygen content were at a higher level, there would be an explosion every time a match was struck. The placement of the moon, the thickness of the earth’s crust, the size of the earth—these and many other variables must be in line to sustain life on earth. Some might argue that if the “right” conditions exist, life would “naturally” result. But is this likely?
Astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross, author of the book The Genesis Question, calculated the odds of having 123 variables come together in the right amount for life and the earth to exist. The answer to this equation: one chance in 10 to the 139th power! In other words, there is no chance of this ever happening without God.
There is a concept called “irreducible complexity.” It describes a system that cannot have any part removed and still function correctly. A common household example of this is the mouse trap; take any part away and it will fail.
There are many examples of this in nature as well, such as the proteins that work together to make the cilia in our lungs sweep mucus toward the throat for elimination. Take just one of the proteins away, and the cilia will no longer work. Other examples are the retina in the human eye and an Australian termite that is actually four creatures in one. All systems cited here could not have “come together” gradually—irreducible complexity demands they had to be designed and created in full function to ever work.
These are only some of many examples proving God’s existence. For further proof, read our booklet Does God Exist?
If man were created, then there must be a reason why he exists. What purpose does God have for humanity? Why were we born?
The Bible reveals that God created birds, cattle and all other animals after their own “kind” (Gen. 1:24-25). Yet, God created man after the God kind: “And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness…So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He them” (vs. 26-27).
Other verses show that man will someday inherit “all things.” Notice: “But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that You are mindful of him? Or the son of man, that You visit him? You made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of Your hands: You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him” (Heb. 2:6-8).
“All things” means just that—the vast universe! The Weymouth translation renders verse 8 as, “You have put everything in subjection under his feet. For this subjecting of the universe to man…”
The apostle Paul gives further details in Romans 8: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption [decay] into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption [sonship], the redemption of our body” (vs. 18-23, New King James).
God created man after His “kind,” intending that he inherit the physical creation. Yet, the last sentence of Hebrews 2:8 states, “But now we see not yet all things put under him.” When will mankind receive its inheritance? What are the steps necessary to inherit “all things”?
Our physical existence is just the beginning. Read our book The Awesome Potential of Man to understand the wonderful and tremendous purpose that God has planned for humanity.