1. Why am I here?
Genesis 1:26 NKJV
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [a]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
I quote Dr. Andreas Köstenberger: “Why Are We Here?
1. Genesis is the beginning of a love story: God fashioned us and loves us.
2. God wants us to live in his presence; he is our loving heavenly Father.
3. God made us for a purpose: he made us to be like him and wants us to reflect his glory.
4. God put us in charge and commissioned us to rule the earth for him
5. We are dependent on our Creator and should trust him.
6. God made a beautiful, orderly universe.
7. God prizes unity and harmonious relationships.
8. God made humanity male and female, and he made marriage for life.
9. God delights in children and families.
I like Dr. Kostenberger’s simple explanation of why we are here, but I must share my thoughts on this. The way I see people through my theological view is that there are only three groups of people on planet earth: a. People created in the image of God, yet not in any form of covenant with Him. b. The children of Israel or the Jewish people who have an eternal irrevocable covenant with God given by God to Abraham c. The born-again church of the living God, the bride of Christ.
So, let’s revisit the question WHO AM I?
Well, evolutionists state that we are simply the apex of a theoretical process: (You know, a chance group of cells that emerged from the goo, and by survival of the fittest, lo and behold a human ‘evolved’ into this highly complex adapted organism – through chance mutations in the primial goo, through every known life form, that we are supposed to somehow deduce, that YOU became You, from the goo through the zoo, to become a highly intelligent, ever improving life form.
That whole line of reasoning takes way more faith than I can muster, and has zero actual scientific evidence to support it.
No, we are created by the Creator of the universe, the God of all love and light, as the crown centerpiece of His creation, in His very image and likeness. This truth gives every human ever born, inherent worth, dignity, and infinite potential.
The answer to life the universe and everything is not 42, like the supercomputer in ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ suggests, rather it is to know God, and find our completeness in Him.
2.What is my purpose? I am intrigued by an ancient quote from the Westminster Catechism: ‘Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy him for ever. [b] We are created: longing in our deepest heart of hearts for our Creator. There is a hunger in the heart of every person that only the presence of God can satiate.
3. Where am I going? Either to heaven, if we are born-again, in right relationship with God through Jesus, or to a place of eternal damnation and torment the Bible calls hell. In light of this, we read: Philippians 2:12 KJV
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling
4. What do I do with my life?
‘Responsibilities given to human beings at creation
1. To procreate/ multiply.
2. To cultivate the land and guard it.
3. To name the living creatures.
4. To eat from all plants.
5. Not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
6. To rule/ be in charge/ have dominion over other creatures.
7. To marry and procreate/ multiply.
8. To care for the environment.
9. To obey God.
I like to see things directly from the Scripture, so lets read Gen 1: 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over [g]all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that [h]moves on the earth.
According to these verses the five-fold responsibility of humanity is:
1. Be fruitful and multiply
2. Fill the earth and subdue it
3. Have dominion over creation
I like Dr. Babcock’s description of ‘dominion’ so I quote:
/But is this what Genesis, Chapter 1, means when discussing mankind’s role in relation to God’s creation? The key lies in the Hebrew word translated as “rule” (radah), which is found several times in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.
An examination of three of these additional uses of the word helps us to better understand the fuller meaning to “rule” or have “dominion over.”
First, let’s take a closer look at Genesis, Chapter 1. God’s command to each type of created being _ including mankind _ is to “be fruitful and multiply.”
Mankind has the responsibility, as God’s charge on earth, to assist creation to fulfill God’s command. Mankind is to rule, as a steward, so that the creations of the world (including animals, plants and resources) are fruitful and multiply. For mankind to rule in such a way that depletes resources is contrary to God’s intention for creation that all life should be fruitful and multiply.
A second use of the Hebrew “radah” (to rule) is in 1 Kings, Chapters 4 and 5. Here we find King Solomon reigning over Israel. In 1 Kings, Chapter 4, King Solomon is said to have dominion over all the lands west of the Jordan River. As the passage progresses one might expect King Solomon’s dominion over these lands to mean that he exploits wealth from the subjected areas.
But just the opposite is said in the next verse: “So Judah and Israel lived in safety, every man under his vine and his fig tree, “¦ all the days of Solomon” (1 Kings 4:25). According to this usage, the king’s dominion is equated to stewardship _ providing safety, prosperity and abundance.
The third use of the Hebrew word for rule/dominion is found in Ezekiel 34:4. In this passage, the prophet is chastising the people of Israel for exercising an inappropriate dominion over their resources. Ezekiel explains that the Israelites have fed themselves while not feeding their flocks (Ezekiel 34:2-3).
The implication is that when people overly use their resources and do not allow God’s creation to be fruitful and multiply, they are acting in a way contrary to the “rule” intended biblically.
So what is a biblical response to the world and our environment?
First, based upon a study of the word “to rule,” I would argue that mankind is charged with the role of steward.
Second, mankind is to use the resources and gifts given by God, but this use is to be tempered through the conservation of limited resources. The Bible calls all of God’s creation to be fruitful and multiply _ essentially the idea that mankind has the responsibility to ensure the world has abundant resources.
Third, while we have dominion over all the world’s resources, we should seek to develop and encourage the use of renewable and sustainable energy. In biblical times, this was shown through the idea of eating from the herd while ensuring the herd’s abundance _ be fruitful and multiply (the modern idea of herd management).
Today, this may best be shown in our energy policies _ developing wind, solar, tidal, geothermal and nuclear power. Good stewardship often means making hard decisions that weigh long-term goals against short-term needs.
Fourth, it is evident from Genesis, Chapter 1, that mankind is the peak of God’s creation. We have the role of chief steward _ but we are also said to be created in the image and likeness of God. As such, we have both creativity and intelligence. The Bible calls each of us to use these gifts while working with the environment to ensure long-term abundance./