Have you ever asked the question… “Why did God make me?”
Do you really want to know WHY you were born? What the grand, cosmic purpose of YOUR existence is? Well, I’ll tell you. You were born to be God. Yes, a child of God who IS a God, just as God is God.
That’s pretty shocking isn’t it! Blasphemous, even! But the BIBLE says it’s true! Are you willing to believe it? Or would you rather believe the “popular” thing, just because everyone else does? If the Bible IS the word of God, then you should be able to believe what it says!
So are you willing to examine it? To see if it actually does SAY these things? Because if it does, you have a choice to make; are you going to believe like you’ve always been taught, even when the Bible says that’s an outright LIE, or are you going to REJECT the lies and BELIEVE YOUR BIBLE??
Maybe I’m making all this up; if so, when you read your Bible you’ll prove that! But if I’m right… do you dare take the risk? If I’m right, you’re not saved, God isn’t pleased with you, and you aren’t going to heaven when you die – saved or not! Don’t you think it’s worth examining YOUR BIBLE to cement your beliefs, and prove ONCE AGAIN that they are true – IF THEY ARE!
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the SONS of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM; for we shall see him as he is.
That is a very plain scripture. What does it mean? What COULD it mean? We know it’s TRUE, for it’s the words of God, Himself. But what did He MEAN by it??
It says we shall be LIKE Him. If you were to promise your 3-year-old son that someday He would be LIKE YOU, what would you mean? Go on, think about it! WHAT COULD YOU MEAN, when you told a vastly inferior life form (your son) that it would one day be LIKE YOU?
Why, of course you’d mean that He would, in time, grow up to be your size, your shape, perhaps a little bit different in details, but in general, EXACTLY LIKE YOU! He would probably be as strong as you, wouldn’t he? As intelligent? Of course he would!
So if God promises that you will be LIKE HIM, because you are His SON (or daughter), WHAT CAN HE MEAN, if not that you are to be a GOD, as GOD IS GOD!
Psalms 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
At this point, it is important to explain JUST WHAT GOD DOES. What business is He in? Is He a farmer? A plumber? What does He DO for a living, how does He occupy His time? Did you ever think about it?
God is a CREATOR. His business is CREATING things, first and foremost. I’m sure He is a GOOD plumber, but His REAL WORK is creating. In fact, in the very first reference to God in the Bible, we see Him already at work CREATING things!
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
But that wasn’t enough! God wanted to create MORE, and BETTER things! And the ultimate part of His creation was to CREATE BEINGS LIKE HIMSELF! You see, of all of the things God has created, not one has ever been like Him.
Oh, like you, He can create something that will obey Him, like a fancy computer. He could even make a fancy, organic robot that would blindly obey His every word, because He could simply PROGRAM it to do so… but that wasn’t enough!
Let me try a simple illustration. Let’s say you programmed your computer to say “Good morning, Dave” when you logged in. Would that make you feel loved by the computer? What if you programmed it to say it loved you – would that make you feel better? No, of course not.
But what if – and this theme has been covered in many Sci-fi books and movies, but I’ll ask it again here – WHAT IF, you could give that computer program a CHOICE. What if it could decide, of it’s own free will, whether to LOVE you, or love someone else. Whether to like you, or hate you. And THEN, after that, if the computer said it loved you, it would MEAN something, wouldn’t it?? Of course it would! Because the computer CHOSE to love you!
But even so, you know that that computer can never be like you. It will never grow up and be able to be your equal in any way. So the love you get from a computer, even one with a free choice, would never feel the same as the love you would get from, or give to, say, your 3-year-old son.
You can have a relationship with him that you can’t have with your computer, because one day he will be LIKE you. He will UNDERSTAND you, and he can choose to love you, he doesn’t HAVE to because he is just programmed that way.
And so imagine when God created the heavens. They were, and are, very beautiful, but no matter how beautiful, after a few eons even the best view gets bland. And even before then, when God created the angels, they were unsatisfying for the same reason your computer was.
They had the free choice to obey or disobey God, but they could never become like God (Hebrews 1:5,13). They don’t even look like God. And they obeyed God because God simply wouldn’t tolerate it any other way. They had never CHOSEN to obey God because they preferred it,or because they loved His way of life. And so they, too, had left God empty.
No, the only thing that could TRULY SATISFY God, the Creator, was to create beings LIKE HIMSELF. That would be the ultimate satisfaction for any creator. And so God created Man, to fulfill His dream of having other beings like Himself in every essential particular – not just physically, but also with the very CHARACTER, the GOODNESS that He, Himself had.
Genesis 1:26-27 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. So God created man in his own IMAGE, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Notice that God said He was creating man to be like Him in TWO WAYS – in His image, to LOOK like Him – and after His LIKENESS, to THINK, yes, to BE like Him! And then notice that the creation was only HALF FINISHED on the day of Creation! Yes, God only made man IN HIS IMAGE on that day, it does NOT say that He made him after His LIKENESS!
Why? Because THAT PROCESS IS STILL GOING ON TODAY! We, physically, look just like God… however, our character is far different. But it isn’t finished yet! It is, even now, still being created! Our character must be MOLDED, through experiences, and mistakes, so that we can “have our senses exercised by USE to discern both GOOD and EVIL” (Hebrews 5:14), and so that we might “learn the exceeding sinfulness of sin” (Romans 7:13)!
Let me give you an example… when you were born, you didn’t know that fire was hot. But God did. In the process of this life, you have learned that little truth. Your mind, your character, your understanding of RIGHT AND WRONG, has been changed towards that of God a tiny bit!
Likewise, GOD already knows how sinful sin is. He knows how evil stealing, for example, is. But you didn’t when you were born. You may not, even now. But God does!
And when you UNDERSTAND why stealing is wrong, why the violation of ANY of the commandments brings harm and suffering, a large part of your CHARACTER will have become like that of God! That part of your character will be molded to the very LIKENESS of your Creator, the SECOND, AS-YET-UNFINISHED part of YOUR CREATION!
This life, YOUR VERY EXISTENCE, the REASON that YOU were put here, now, on this earth, is so that YOUR CHARACTER can be molded into the CHARACTER of God! So that you can one day TRULY BE HIS CHILD, because you will be LIKE HIM, and finally the second part of the creation started in Genesis 1:26 will be FINISHED!
And when that happens, you will be GOD, just like God is God. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you will be SUPERIOR to God, or kicking Him off His throne. It just means that you will be of the God KIND. You will be of the God SPECIES.
Genesis 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
When God created all the creatures, God created them to reproduce after their KIND, or species. Everything can only reproduce after it’s kind, and if it has a child, that child HAS to be of the same kind as the parent! In other words, a cow can only reproduce more of the COW kind! Little cows that will be in the IMAGE of the parent cows, and after their LIKENESS. These little cows will have the exact image of the other cows, but they will NOT have the power, the strength, or the wisdom of the parents!
God calls you HIS CHILDREN! He never calls a cow or a goose His child, He reserves that for MAN. Like everything, God reproduces after His KIND. His children are children of the very God KIND, a part of the family of God!
Of course, like the little calves, Man is helpless compared to God, but, also like the little calves, Man has the POTENTIAL, with his parent’s help and barring accidents and assuming that he works at it, to become like God because He is made in the IMAGE of God and is a part of the God KIND!
But you see, a baby calf will not have the CHARACTER of the parent cows! Much like you, when created it is in the image of it’s parents, but it is NOT after their likeness! It DOES NOT HAVE THEIR CHARACTER! In a sense, it will have no character at all! It won’t be proud, stubborn, or pushy, nor will it be nice, friendly or gentle!
It must LEARN those things, and it’s character will be built by it’s experiences. As it grows it will learn not to step in holes, to avoid barbed wire, perhaps to come when called, etc. In fact, in a very simplistic way you could say that even this calf’s senses will be exercised by USE to learn both good and evil.
And through these trials, and through guidance, experience, pain and suffering, it will learn CHARACTER and eventually it’s creation will be finished. In this way his character will be built into that of his parents, and he will no longer just be in their IMAGE, but he will finally have their character as well!
Similarly, God created mankind in HIS IMAGE. As I said, we look just like Him. But we aren’t made in His LIKENESS yet! We don’t yet THINK like Him! We, like the little calf, must LEARN through the pitfalls and suffering that we cause in this life what is right, and what is wrong, and learn to AVOID those mistakes!
We must LEARN to FORESEE the evil to come and make a different choice! Learn to SEPARATE the good FROM the evil. When we have fully learned that, the second half of our creation will be finished, and we will have taken upon us the LIKENESS, the very NATURE of GOD HIMSELF!
2 Peter 1:3-4 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
You can become a partaker of the DIVINE NATURE, and be a part of the GOD KIND, but only if you have ESCAPED the corruption in the world! Only if you have LEARNED how to tell right from wrong, and have patterned your CONSCIENCE after the conscience of GOD!
And if you do that, you will be WORTHY to have all power in the universe, just as God gave all power in the universe to Christ, after HE had overcome the corruption in this world and took His place beside His Father as a God! (Matthew 28:18)
Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me IN MY THRONE, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father IN HIS THRONE.
Christ promises you a seat beside Him in His throne, ruling the universe, JUST AS the Father gave Christ a seat beside HIM! Can you grasp that? Can you even dimly perceive the enormity of that awesome promise??
To be a GOD, AS GOD IS GOD!
No possible truth could be more shocking, or more astounding, than this promise of almighty God! And will you still accuse me of blasphemy, for this? Then I turn to the words of Jesus, when the Jews accused HIM of Blasphemy for saying that He, a physical, mortal man, was the son of God! How dare He!
John 10:31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, MAKEST THYSELF GOD.
This man Jesus made himself a GOD, even though He was just a man. How did He dare do this? Was it because He was “special”? Was it because He was under different rules than we are? Most definitely not!
The whole PURPOSE of Christ’s coming to earth was to show that there was NOTHING, not one dot or letter of the law that mankind COULD NOT HAVE OBEYED! Christ is our PERFECT EXAMPLE! We are to walk JUST AS HE WALKED (1 John 2:6)!
Christ made Himself equal with God, because He knew that HE WAS DESTINED TO BE A PART OF THE GOD KIND, a part of the God SPECIES, so long as He obeyed His Father’s commands, and bore the image AND the LIKENESS of God!
And the Apostle Paul commands, yes, COMMANDS you to do the VERY SAME THING!
Philippians 2:5-6 Let THIS mind BE IN YOU, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it NOT ROBBERY TO BE EQUAL WITH GOD:
Christ was in the FORM, the external appearance, the very IMAGE of God! Just like you and me! And HE KNEW that that meant that He was a part of the God KIND! And Paul was inspired to tell YOU to have THAT MIND in YOU! That mind which didn’t think it is ROBBERY to be EQUAL with GOD! What have you to say to THAT!
John 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture CANNOT BE BROKEN;
So there you have it. GOD SAID that the people who had the word of God, a term used interchangeably in scripture with the COMMANDMENTS of God, ARE GODS, because they have the LIKENESS OF GOD! Those commandments show the character, the MIND of God applied in ten basic principles which apply to all possible facets and situations in life, and if you follow those principles, you will be acting JUST LIKE GOD ACTS!
And if you do that, you will be no longer merely be fashioned in the IMAGE of God, but also in His LIKENESS, and you will FINALLY be FULFILLING YOUR DIVINE PURPOSE!
The very character of God is reflected in those commandments, and to obey those commandments is to ACT LIKE GOD ACTS and to take upon yourself the DIVINE NATURE, the nature of GOD HIMSELF!
And you will at LAST have begun to FIND the REASON God created you, and will be ready to perform the job for which YOU, out of all of mankind, YOU SPECIFICALLY were created – YOU will be ready to be adopted into the very FAMILY OF GOD and to help God rule the entire universe for ALL OF ETERNITY!
THAT, my friend, is the REASON God created you! DON’T LET HIM DOWN!