God Made Us
[Thought Starters for Man: God's Handiwork October 17, 2012]
1. Better and better, or worse and worse. Which is it? Think of all the advances in human life today. Open-heart surgery for an inborn infant? Travel to Mars in a space ship smart enough to look around and take pictures? The transformation of information thanks to the computer? The removal of diseases such as polio from the world? Gains in life expectancy? Isn’t mankind getting smarter? healthier? Aren’t we enjoying the benefits? Why do we make such a vivid protest against those who say we’re slowly evolving into marvelous creatures? What is at stake with the creation model opposed to the evolution model?
2. Human origins. Now that you’re here on earth, alive and functioning, what difference does it make where you came from? How do our origins guide our lives? What is it about evolution that makes some people feel better? What blessings does belief in creation bring? How does the Creation belief modify the way you care for your body or guide your thought patterns? Why did God let Satan meddle with our genes so that we are no longer perfectly formed?
3. God’s plan. Is work a curse that we’ll never have to think about in the earth made new? If so, then why did God give Adam and Eve work to do even before they sinned? What work did He assign to His just-made human beings? How did Adam and Eve work to take care of the job God gave them? After sin, did men and women continue to have a work plan made by God for each individual? In what ways were you and I made “in the image of God”? Do we look like God? Think like God? In what ways is being made in God’s image a blessing to us?
4. Relationships. Why do you think Jesus created the world before He created mankind? Did Adam live long enough before Eve was created to feel lonely? Why did God choose to create woman from the body of man? What did Adam think about this new creation placed by his side? Did they have any problem following God’s command to become “one flesh?” Why or why not? How concerned is God about the way we build and maintain relationships with other human beings?
5. The fall. Do you ever cry out to God, “Why, Lord? Why do You keep allowing sin and suffering in this world?” Instead of “the fall,” what do evolutionists believe is going on in the world? How do you answer an evolutionist who believes mankind is still evolving into an ever more perfect state? Does evolutionary thought have any benefit to the ordinary human being? What about the idea that we were created in the image of God? Does that belief affect our daily living? How? Of what benefit is the theory of evolution to Satan and his plan?
6. Restored. We all deserve the curse of eternal death. Why does God offer us eternal life? We are riven with sin. Why does God want to live with us through eternity? Given that we have fallen so far from God’s vision of perfection, why does God even bother with offering us a way to be restored again to His plan? Does He want to put up with our selfish ways through eternity? Do you carry on a constant warfare against evil ways in your life? Or have you mastered sin and sent it scurrying away? How can you and I be confident in our daily lives that God has provided for our salvation and that His love envelopes us every day? every hour?
7. Into eternity. Can you and I once again live a life that reflects the image of God? How? Since we have all been tainted with sin, how will the unfallen beings be able to relate to us? Will they be afraid to be our friends for fear we’ll tumble to disgrace and start things all over again? Are we permanently marred by sin? Can we be cured of our selfish ways and enjoy fellowship with those who inhabit the universe without sin? Do you still have sin in your life? Does God offer you freedom from every sin? Forever?