Why am I created?

For a few, this question has no meaning, perhaps because they do not like to think they were created. The world and life has no meaning, no purpose outside of that they choose to give. Which I hope does not sound as self-centered or depressing as it looks.

For those who generally do not understand the impossibility of atoms and molecules getting together to form complex proteins, carbohydrates and fatty acids, here is a video by the world renowned James M. Tour, who is an American synthetic organic chemist, specializing in nanotechnology. Tour is the T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and Professor of Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, Texas, United States.

This video really amazed me. How casually is it taught in schools all over these days that life just began from some primordial soup! Utter nonsense, you will realize, after you have watched the video by this organic Chemist. It is a bit technical, but really worth it.

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The Bible teaches us that God is love in the community of Godhead from everlasting to everlasting. This love is radical, self-sacrificing, gracious, unmerited, everlasting etc., which we may not completely understand in our present lifetime to describe it well.

New Testament writers call this ‘Agape love’. God created everything out of this love for his glory with a purpose. (Isaiah 43:7) He created man in his image and to have dominion over all his creation and care for it. He charged them to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. (Gen1:28)

This is what it means to be human in God’s sight.

God, man, and the rest of creation were in perfect unity, peace, and complete flourishing in harmony with each other just like it is in the Godhead from the beginning. This is beautiful. This is Shalom as old testament prophets call it.

This shalom is God’s purpose for all creation.

Cornelius Plantinga explains shalom as “…the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfilment, and delight…Shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness and delight — a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Saviour opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom he delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.” 

In shalom, we have an invitation to partner with God, to care for, and work the garden as his image bearers. (Gen 2:15)

This we call Cultural Mandate.

I wish Shalom for you, dear reader.

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A contradictory Zoo

The Hyderabad Zoo, like many other Zoos across the country, faces its greatest threat from visitors, who tease the animals, throw them junk like bottles and plastic trash with food, and in general create nuisance for others and the animals.

I was glad to see that this Zoo is really very beautiful. It has huge enclosures, spacious green open spaces, and enough of distance between the animals and humans.

Figure 1 Baboons and humans

Figure 2 Baby Jackals

The entire Zoo is situated next to a huge water body which maintains its greenery and abundant flora and fauna. How incredible to see the variety of creatures God has created, I thought to myself. The intelligent designer is truly outstanding, and I regretted not getting my Nikon.

As we neared the Tiger enclosure, I saw the magnificent animal jump into the water-filled moat around its enclosure. It soon came out holding a plastic water bottle in its jaws, and I realized that someone in the crowd had thrown the bottle into the water on purpose to attract the tiger. What a sight, to see the National animal being subjected to such indignity.

Why do I treat animals with respect and dignity? Because I believe what the Lord said:

God created human beings; he created them in His image, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

(Genesis 1:27-28 MSG)

That is why the park authorities put up tis board at the Hyderabad Zoo which said:

Figure 3 At Hyderabad Zoo

Why do people in general then treat animals so poorly? Has it got to do with what people are being taught in school?

I believe the Theory of Evolution has had a huge impact in influencing our worldview right from a tender age.

Evolution theory says we are evolved animals.

Unfortunately, people believe that and so start behaving without any respect for any authority, resulting in abuse of these magnificent wild animals.

The Zoo also seems to be sending contradictory messages, supporting the Theory of Evolution:

Figure 4 Deer mouse, living fossil?

This board shows a contradictory belief system to the one the Zoo authorities are so desperately trying to project, one that God created you and me and all creatures.

The six ruminant families are Bovidae (cattle, sheep, goat and antelope), Cervidae (deer), Tragulidae (mouse deer). Moschidae (musk deer), Antilocapridae (pronghorn), and Giraffidae (giraffe and okapi). They are in the suborder Ruminantia because they all have the unique ruminant stomach.

Most of the public are unaware that there are literally hundreds of different types of animals and plants which are alive and well and which are essentially unchanged from the way they appear as fossils. Such facts make it difficult to believe that these forms were separated by those imagined millions of evolutionary years.

These well researched links below make for a fascinating read.

http://creation.com/living-fossils-comptonia-limulus

http://creation.com/living-fossils-enigma

Hope this article makes some of you question evolutionary ‘assumptions’ and start thinking for yourself on these vital questions of life’s origins. Have a great time. Do feel free to share this article if you wish.