- Religion and Philosophy
Does the Bible say that God created me?
This hub is strictly about what the Bible says. It is not to rehash the argument of creation vs. evolution. This is not about science, and it is not even about religion and it is certainly not about the age of the earth. If you accept that the Bible is true, then you will see that God did indeed personally create each of us as unique individuals. We are the best of his creation, the cream of his crop. Holding that honor gives every single person value, no matter who they are.
To compile what the Bible says about this topic, I used the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, of which I have the NIV version. This is one of my favorite study tools and you can learn more about it in my hub “How to use Bible Study Tools.” In the chain index, under “Creator”, there is subtopic “Creator of Man”. It is index #885. This is where I got most of my verses. There is also a subtopic for “Christ the Creator” #680 and Holy Spirit as Creator, #886, which I did not include in this hub.
I would like to encourage you to ask yourself three questions as you read each verse. "What does this say? What does this mean? What does this mean to me? This will help bring meaning and depth to the passage and will also help you remember what you read.
So let’s begin. The very first verse listed in the Bible that indicates that God created me is in Genesis 1:26 & 27. “Then God said, “let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Genesis 2:7 recaps the creation story with the added details of how God made man. “the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
To read the story of how Eve was made, we move on to Genesis 2:21 & 22. “So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.”
When we get to Genesis 5 we find the lineage from Adam to Noah starting out with this reminder “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man.”
As he stood at the door to the promised land, Moses, recapping their journey to the Israelites, he says “Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created man on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of?” –Deuteronomy 4:32
Next we come to Elihu, speaking to his friend Job in the middle of his great distress. Elihu, wanting to assert his worth so Job will listen to his words reminds Job that he is created by God. Job 33:4 –“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
David marvels at the honor God gave us when he created us. In Psalm 8 he says “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet….O LORD our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.”
Psalm 100 gives thanks to God for making us. Verse 3 “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”
In Isaiah 51:13, the LORD himself reminds us that he is our maker. “I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass, you forget the LORD your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror every day
Malachi pleads with the people “Have we not one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking the faith with one another?”-Malachi 2:10
Acts 17:24 – 29 – “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said ‘We are his offspring.’ Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone- an image made by man’s design and skill.”
And finally my favorite from Psalm 139 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
I have kept my comments to a minimum in order to let the Bible speak for itself. But from these verses it is clear to me that the Bible does indeed teach that we were indeed created by God. This encourages me to treat every person I come across with respect and dignity to the best of my ability and I hope it encourages you to do the same. Then they will know that we are Christians by our love.