Why Did God Create Man

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In the beginning God created the Heavens and Earth. Genesis 1:1. If you are a believer you know how the world began. You don't doubt that God created man in his own image, but there are those who are seeking answers.

So why is it that God created life when man did not ask for it?

Simple. God did not create man for our benefit, he created man for his own glory. How could man have asked for anything when he did not exist? When there isn't existence there isn't any choice. We have been given choices and 'free will' because we are here on Earth. All that is created is in God's image not ours.

Since we are created in his image, it is 'free will' that has given man the capacity to imagine; but he did not tell us to act poorly to our brothers and sisters. It is written in James 2:8 that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. In James 4:11 it is written that we are not to slander one another nor pass judgment on each other. When we do that we are criticizing God's law. We are supposed to obey his word and live by his teachings.

There are those who do not believe and they ask , " why did man create God?" This question has been challenged multiple times and it isn't that the Atheist are trying to ask, "why did man create God?" What they are trying to say is , " Why do we as Christians have to be so judgemental?" Since the Atheist is often asked, " why they do not believe," they will use a argumentative question that will always get a rise from a believer. But its not our place as Christians to place judgement on others? In Matthew 7:1-5 we are not supposed to be judgemental and not hypocritical. Matthew 18: 15-17 We are supposed to lovingly point out a sin and not force our words of understanding upon anyone in hopes they will repent.

So what is in this for God?

All that God wants from us if we are believers is to dwell in us and be active in our lives. He wants us to develop ourselves and draw closer to him that is all he asks. From Genesis to Corinthians it talks about worship and prayer. Psalms 100:2 talks about worship through singing. Colossians 3:16 tells us to dwell in Christ with thankfulness in are hearts.

You see God asks us to come in prayer. He doesn't care if you are standing, sitting, bowing or have your eyes closed or open. Ecclesiastes 5:2 lets us know that we should not be hasty with words, but be clear and to the point. God hears all that we say and see all that we do.

Why bother to pray or worship?

Because God will hear your voice when you pray. Even people who do not believe have called upon Christ at one time or another. They will exclaim out loud, "Oh My God!" or "Jesus Christ." when they have been shocked or are in terror. There are times when we believe our prayers have gone unanswered; but sometimes God only wants us to draw closer to him. in Mark 11:21 it tells us to have faith in God.

God is also not egotistical . He does not need us to worship him. We need to worship so that we can find joy. His grace enables us to escape the bondage of sin. So we can have salvation that he is waiting to give us. John 4:23-24 is only asking that we worship him in spirit and truth.

We as Christians need to begin to really worship the Lord and understand the word before we get into a boxing match with non-believers. When we are in the presence of God we are saved by Grace. If we learn to walk like Christ, we can also lead others to believe.

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lone77star 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

@AEvans, beautiful! I like your point about God not being egotistical, too. Wonderful.

Genesis 1:26-27 teaches us that God created us in His image and likeness, certainly. But what is that image and likeness.

Genesis 5:3 tells us, "And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth."

Seth was born in the image and likeness of his father, Adam, as a Homo sapiens male.

But God is not Homo sapiens. God is a non-physical, spiritual and immortal source of creation. He has no ego and He is full of grace. So, when we were created, we were non-physical, spiritual and immortal sources of creation, without ego and full of grace, for that is the image and likeness of the Father above.

Genesis 2:7 talks of man being created again, but this time from the dust of the ground. Certainly, dust has nothing to do with God's image and likeness. So, we're witnessing in this second chapter of the Bible a separate and unique creation. Man thus has a dual nature -- immortal spirit wrapped in Homo sapiens flesh. The flesh is a temporary vehicle -- what Yehoshua, in the Judas Gospel, likened to a cloak.

Genesis 6:3 reiterates this sentiment when it says that man is "also" flesh. If he is also flesh (mortal), then he is something else, too.

The real child of God is the immortal spirit sleeping within each of us. The major barrier to awakening that sleeping, true self is ego.

Ego is arrogance. Ego is ignoring God's law and becoming selfish and self-righteous. When Christians fight with others, they are speaking through ego rather than the Holy Spirit. I've done this, to my own shame. But I'm still learning.

The antidote to ego is humility. So many Christians think they have humility, but they're ignoring so much ego. Anyone can have humility on one vector of thought, but can remain full of ego on every other topic. Take for instance the topic of biblical interpretation.

Some Christians don't think they're interpreting scripture. That's sad, because it's all interpretation until we get the full Truth from God Himself. And those Christians, in their arrogance, try to correct others about their interpretation of scripture. I still have a lot to learn, but some think they know it all. And that makes it hard -- very hard -- for them to learn anything new.

They may be on the path, but they've stopped in their tracks. We each should remain hungry for knowledge and humble that we do not yet know it all.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

lone77star: I like your response. You have also provided me with more knowledge. I agree all of us should continue to remain hungry for knowledge and humble that we do not know everything. We are constantly learning from each other, church and research. That is a beautiful thing! :)


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Bonijun37 4 years ago from Lakewood,WA

The best research I know is reading my Bible. In God's Word I find peace, contentment, love, answers, Everything I need to have a fulfilling life. It is all in there for us enjoy. It can show us our deepest needs, it convicts us of what we are doing wrong and shows us how to make it right with God. I love my Bible and I read if every day. Study to show thyself approved unto God, and workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. II Timothy 2:15


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Julianna,

This is indeed a giant matter to consider - why does God, the infinite and eternal divine spirit, have any interest to create man . . . hairy little creatures, fearful and belligerent . . . what does He get out of it, what's His point? Some theologians have asserted that this is in fact why Lucifer rebelled - because he counted it an insult to the angelic host that God determined to create man and choose to love him . . . they conjecture that (now) Satan concludes the creation of man to be a great blunder, an ugly mistake by God.

The Scripture says that "God is love" . . . I think many take that as a poetic turn of phrase, but I think it is a factual declaration; God is Father, Son, and Spirit, He is a flawless unity of relationship and the Bible tells us that the perfect bond of that unity is love. But, love requires something to love, and recipient of the benevolence and sacrifice and care that love provides - and so, God created man.

Many think it an unattractive feature of the God of Abraham to desire our worship, they think of it in terms of God getting puffed-up by men groveling at His feet reciting "you're so great, you're so great" again and again - but this is not what the Bible means when it speaks of worshiping God. When we worship God in truth we are celebrating His love, we are participating in His grace and kindness, etc . . . God desires our worship because God desires that we share in His love and goodness.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Bonijun37: I agree. We are constantly learn what God laws and plans are for those of us who do believe. It is wonderful to be able to share our ideas and opinions too. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

MickeySr: It is huge and not one that can truly be answered in a few sentences. Thank God all of us can learn and draw from it. We are able to share our words with others so that many understand the word of God. God is definitely love. :)


kelleyward 4 years ago

Really enjoyed reading this hub. You have inspired me to start writing hubs about my Christian beliefs.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

kelleyward: Sometimes the easiest things to write about are the ones that we truly believe in. Looking forward to your hearfelt words. :)


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Mala Srivastava 4 years ago from India

Amazing and beautiful hub.


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vrbmft 4 years ago from Yucaipa, California

Hi AEvans.

Enjoyed your hub and feel at home in the presence of someone who believes in God and who has decided to STOP judging whoever it is and for whatever reason. I am always amazed at how many denominations make it a point to judge all those who do not follow their specific pathway. The history of the "church" is riddled with violence toward believers and non believers. I have given up trying to figure that piece out because to figure it out, I would have to make judgments on those who inflict such violence!! I just make a commitment to myself to live in the image and likeness and yes, it is a journey to discover what that image and likeness is. I have benefitted a great deal from my 12 step recovery program and the serenity prayer says it all for me. Anywho, thanks for sharing once again, so much of who you are. In my experience of daily life, God is so blooming present ALL OVER THE PLACE, it is beyond me that others cannot see or experience God. Also "Daily Prayers For Busy People," and "More Daily Prayers for Busy People" are two books that have contributed a great deal to my daily practice and growth spiritually.

Thanks again. Like your "99" score!

Vern


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Mala: Thank you so much. For those who believe I hope my thoughts based on what I have learned gives them a better idea from my perspective of why god made man. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

vrbmft: Good to see you too! I don't understand why people have to judge each other either. We are supposed to embrace and love and never pass judgement on anyone. It is senseless, but just like you I choose to live in the image of God or try to anyway. :)


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The Bard 4 years ago from London, England & San Pablo City, Philippines

You are viewing things from a biblical point of view. Perhaps God created man to give conciousness to the Earth. Without man the Earth in all it's beauty would be unappreciated. The lions, the tigers, the apes and the whales do not awake every morning thinking what a beautiful world we have. They awake in order to survive. Only man awakes and appreciates the beauty of the earth - only man has that conciousness. Only man for all his faults appreciates the world around him, and without him the world may be a better place, but who would care? Yet man does care about the world he lives in, does try to make it a better place, and does make mistakes. I propose that God made man to appreciate his creation. Would an artist paint a picture if nobody could see it? If God created man it was because he wanted his world to be loved and cherished. Why create anything if it cannot be shared? Why create a dog with a limited brain, when you can create a man - with all his hang-ups - but will love and cherish and protect the world he lives in. Without man, the world will exist and just orbit the Sun - but without man, who would care? it won't even have a conscience.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

The Bard ~ why create at all . . . what does God, the infinite/eternal spirit, get out of a universe with a planet filled with lions & whales, etc, and men to appreciate it all - what's the ultimate point & purpose of God creating a material reality at all?


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The Bard 4 years ago from London, England & San Pablo City, Philippines

You asked the question: Why did God create man? I've attempted to answer it.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

The Bard: If there wasn't man nobody would care, because none of us would exist. If only every man/woman had the same conscience to look at the beauty around them and cherish every moment they are here. But sadly not everyone feels the same way you and I do about the beauty that surrounds us. I do value your comment :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

MickeySr All of us are supposed to enjoy it. Just my thoughts. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

The Bard: I believe you you answered it well.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Julianna ~ I fully agree with the idea that we are supposed to enjoy the world God has put us in . . . I guess I'm just thinking that then the question becomes why did God create at all, anything - like, why did God create the world and put us in it to enjoy it . . . but, perhaps that's just me, I think about things too much perhaps.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

MickeySr: You don't think abut things to much. Just like all of us we think deeply, that is what makes us who we are. I have always wondered why we call trees, trees and why the color of the sky is blue. Who said it was blue? It could be red, purple or orange but we call it blue.

God created this beautiful earth for us to enjoy it while we are here. It calms you. When you look at a tree look at every leaf. It isn't just a leaf God's hand is on that creation.


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allpurposeguru 4 years ago from North Carolina

Interesting that MickeySr points out that Lucifer may have rebelled in disgust at the creation of man. I have thought for a long time that God created us in response to the fall of Lucifer. He had a rebellion on his hands, and before he could crush it, he needed to prove that love is stronger. What better way than to create a weak being. If the first man and woman voluntarily loved God enough to resist temptation, so much the better. But if they, too, fell, God could redeem them and demonstrate that they would come to voluntarily love him without coercion.

Two opposite theories! That underscores the wisdom of your basic answer: we don't know why God created us, and we have neither the knowledge, nor the wisdom, nor even the right to question him.

We can choose to love God, ignore him, or hate him. That choice may be the extent of our free will, because everything else appears to result from the consequences of that choice. Whatever anyone chooses, everyone--eventually even Satan--will confess that Jesus is rightfully Lord and that God is good, just, and loving in all his decisions.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

allpurposeguru: Your perspective on why god created man, is a good one. I agree we do not have the knowledge, nor the wisdom, nor the right to even question. All of us who believe need to be thankful we are here to discuss his love for us.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I enjoyed your hub, Julianna, and all the comments that followed. It is a good question, but one that only God will be able to answer. We have no way of comprehending the mind of God, therefore, we could not know the why. But we do know that He did, and we know that He obviously had a reason. If we spend our lives searching for ways to become closer to Him and to that knowledge, I believe that that will be pleasing to Him.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

homesteadbound: It is very pleasing to him when we only seek him. Sometimes there are things we may never know but maybe one day when we get to where we are going; he will give us the answer. Life is a journey and right now we are only passing through. :)


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dayakthinker 4 years ago

God created men because God can't stand enjoying this world all by himself. Then he creates women to make this world more beautiful than ever.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

dayathinker: Now I like that answer! What a beautiful statement. :)


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dilipchandra12 4 years ago from India

This hub is really interesting and meaningful. I like this hub, a very good read. Thanks for sharing :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

dilipchandra12: Thank you! :)


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Teylina 4 years ago

Good job, AE, as usual, and I am, of course, 'cause I'm still catching up. But I have make a point I may have missed in what you wrote or a comment; if so, apologies.. The Bible also mentions what God is in attributes: Love, Justice, Wisdom, and Power -- I think, without going to look it up. So that would mean he created us with those attributes. What's happened to them and how we personally accept and use them is free will and not to be taken lightly. Thanks for an interesting write. Up --of course!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Teylina: You are correct. You don't have to go back and read you knew it and it was clearly stated. :)


jomine 4 years ago

Happy to see somebody who knows what was in God's mind, when he created humans. A little doubt though, why god, the perfect being, who needs nothing, needs to glorify himself? Was he lacking confidence? Was he trying to impress someone? Or was he like the bullies with complexes, who terrorize little children, to mask their insecurity? And did god revealed all this to you or you just assumed that the book you are told is from god, is indeed from god?


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

jomine: God is within my heart and there are so many things he tells me when Iisten. God never tries to impress anyone and doesn't lack confidence at all. We the human race determine which direction we will take he gives the tools and guide us if we believe. :)


jomine 4 years ago

Sorry if I'm slow to learn, I still didn't get it. If god didn't want to impress why he wants glory? If he lacks nothing, why he need praise?

So if god is in your heart, why is he not in everybody else's? Why the god in Muhhamed Atta's heart ask him to flew a plane on to WTO?

And is it not a little egotistical to claim, god is in you heart and hence whatever you say regarding god is correct while others are wrong, because the god in your heart is the right one? And why is it that the god in your heart tell you, only those things, which are taught to you?


jomine 4 years ago

"If we believe"

Believe what? Believe in our heart or believe in those people who say their book is from god or believe in those people who say what they say is right because god is in their heart? I've not heard from god, from what you wrote I assume neither have you. So you either believe what your heart says or believe those people who says bible is god's word, whoever that might be. The latter is more probable because your heart only knows that which are taught to you by the same people, so then it turns out that you do because you are taught to do so.


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

Jomine ~ (if I may) did not create man and call us to worship Him because He lacks or needs anything, the ideas of of 'glorify' and 'praise' have become corrupted in our self-aggrandizing, self-absorbed hearts . . . when God calls us to glorify Him He calling us to celebrate His unity & truth, when He calls us to praise Him He's calling us to enjoy His love. When we, in our fearful and arrogant minds, think of worshiping another we instantly think in terms of forced servitude and tyrannical oppression, we think of graduating worth, etc - but God is love, His interest is not in using His power to push others around to make Himself feel like a big deal . . . He is the only genuine big deal, the only necessary deal, He lacks and needs nothing.

He created all and calls man to worship and glorify and praise Him because He is manifesting His love, He is calling us to unite in, share in, and celebrate and enjoy His love . . . and meanwhile, we shake our fist at Him and mock Him, pulling at our bottom lip surmising, that if He even exists, why doesn't He do things alone the line we (who have done so well with how things ought to be here on earth) think things ought to be. He is love, and we simply are too selfish and fearful and arrogant to 'get' love, so we assume His interest must be (as ours is) to make-out like He's the big boss pushing His weight around demanding worship & praise and then we condescendingly mock those who do receive His love and celebrate it, assuming their just too frail and ill-informed to know that we've all figured-out that there really isn't any god after all.

It's kind of one of those deals like, when we grow-up and look back at our parents' discipline we come to recognize that they weren't being mean, it's not that they didn't understand, etc, they were in fact sacrificially providing for us and had great care in training how to be the people we should be and to make it on our own, etc. We, now, are little punks, musing how God, if He even exists, ought to run His universe . . . we imagine that our own reasoning and sense of fair-play and comprehension of love is sufficient to evaluate and judge the way God has established things to be in His own creation - and all this amidst a history and consequence of our own reasoning and sense of fair-play and comprehension of love that has been so strikingly demonstrated in both our public and private stories. God calls us to praise Him because He is calling us to unite in Him to share in His love - praise isn't forced menial drudgery, it's a celebration of love.


jomine 4 years ago

Thanks MickeySr for taking the time to reply, but you are contradicting yourself. You simply say god does not want praise but he created us to praise him


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MickeySr 4 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

jomine ~ I'm sorry I wasn't more clear . . . I'm saying that God did create us to praise and worship Him and that He does want us, and calls us, to praise and worship Him - but my point is that what we understand 'praise' to mean is a false notion from our own corrupt hearts and not what God is about at all. When we think of praising and worshiping God, we think of (as you suggest) a needy God who desires ongoing accolades, we think of us just kneeling before Him repeating 'you're so great, you're so great, you're so great' endlessly - my point is that God calls men to praise Him, but that praising God is in fact celebrating and enjoying the love and goodness and benevolence, etc, that He is.

Praising God isn't repeating 'you're so great, you're so great, you're so great' to a needy, deficient deity - praising God is delighting in the beauty of His creation, it's offering aid to our neighbors, it's caring more about others than we care about our possessions, it's being thankful for all we enjoy, etc, etc. Calling us to worship Him means God is calling us to be like Him, to celebrate His love.

Like, say I made the best margarita ever, with the finest tequila, fresh limes, gourmet sea salt, etc, and I waved you over to me to give you some . . . you could say I was just wanting to show-off and expecting you to go on and on about what a good margarita maker I am, etc - but perhaps I honestly just wanted you to enjoy something that was very good, perhaps I just wanted to share something wonderful of mine with you. God is love, and He knows He's love, and He knows how great love is . . . so He made men to share His love and He calls us to join Him, to praise Him as the love that He is - He is calling us to celebrate love . . . it's just that it is Him, love is what God is, He has to call us to enjoy Him when He calls us to enjoy love. And our corrupt response . . ? . . 'what a bully, what a needy tyrant - making us worship Him'. It's like we're drowning in mud and a man with fresh water and a clean towel is reaching to pull us out, and our response is 'who does he think he is, all clean and helpful and everything?!'.


jomine 4 years ago

Hi MickeySr,

A small difference, we ARE the margarita. You can share the margarita with me or with your pet, because of love, but what about the margarita? You did not made it out of love for margarita, but out of love to you and others. Also what is love? When I share love, I'm not sharing anything but a willingness to accommodate and share, a feeling of attachment. It is to someone/thing that exists, but not conceived.

And one of my questions is still unanswered, how do you or anybody knew what god thought?


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bgamall 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Predestination is clearly taught in the Bible. Free will is a slave according to those teachings.


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Interesting perspective. :)


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FrankCurzi 3 years ago from Auburn, Washington

Using the Bible for proof of God is no different than using DC comics as proof that Batman exists. God is not in your heart, blood is. I wonder, why didn't you quote some of the other passeages the infallible creator of everything penned out 2,000 years ago. Such as: "So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. (From the NIV Bible, Revelation 2:22-23)" Sounds you you caught Jesus in a good mood, or, simply cherry pick which of God's passsages you see as worthy of acknowledgement.


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

FrankCurzi: Thank you for your thoughts . Catching Jesus in a good mood? Highly unlikely, but seeing heaven I have experienced that first hand. Thank you for taking the time to read and also quote passages back to me.


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-Z- 3 years ago from Everywhere, USA

God didn't create man. Man created God. And so it goes.


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AEvans 3 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Thanks for the reply; but Man could not create God since God had been her first. You have your beliefs and I have my beliefs and miracles. My miracles were not man made they were heaven sent. After all he just sent you to me to question him. :)

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