For people who grew up in the Christian tradition, and who consider themselves Christians, the proposition that one God created the world is elemental. If you believe that God created the world, certain consequences flow from that fact. I find it more credible that the world was created than the proposition that the world formed spontaneously from chaos. Frankly, both conclusions require faith to accept, but I think it takes more faith to believe that the world formed out primordial goo or from a bang than to believe it was created.
We know from experience that buildings do not form by themselves; they are the product of an architect and a builder. So, it is not much of a leap to consider that the world did not form itself; it must have had an architect and a builder. If human beings have intelligence and creative powers, and if we did not create the world (I hope there is no doubt we did not!), then it stretches credibility for me to think that the world was not also created by One of greater intelligence and creative power than men.
The Bible says that men are created in the image of God. We, therefore, have some of the attributes of God, including the power to create. When people create things, they do it for some purpose. Everything man-made has some purpose, even if it is nothing but the intrinsic value of creating it. We do not have to take much of a leap, therefore, to consider that God created the world for a purpose, and He created us for a purpose.
We have our own will and ability to create and, therefore, to establish our own purpose. We are like gods in that sense, but we are foolish to think that we are the be all end all.
When we create things, we take pains to protect those things that we create for our purposes. We have copyright, patent, trademark and other laws to protect what we create and to insure that those things produce their intended result. We are able to enforce those intellectual property laws against people who use them contrary to our purposes. God, too, has a purpose for His creation, including us, and He has the ability to enforce the laws that are established to ensure that His creation produces His intended result.
“The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” (Ps. 33:11)
God created a universe so big that we cannot see the end of it with the strongest telescope; He also made every detail of the universe, details so small that we cannot see them even with the strongest microscope. The same God who formed time, space, the universe and everything in it intimately knows each one of us.
“O Lord, you have searched me and you me, You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.” (Ps. 139:1-3)
God not only has a purpose for the universe that He created, He surely has a purpose for each one of us. We should, therefore, seek to align our purposes with God’s purpose. The rewards promised to us for seeking God’s purpose are great. Jesus instructed His followers to “‘seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)
The consequences of not aligning our purpose to God’s purpose is catastrophic. People who do not know or obey God’s purpose will be shut out of His presence forever. (2 Thes. 1:7-10) If God created the world and all that is in it, including life itself, being shut out from His presence is not where we want to be.
If you are not sure where you stand today, today is the day to seek God and align yourself to God’s purposes.