The BIG Why ~ why did God create the universe?
Being a daddy, a Deacon, and a Sundayschool teacher, I have heard the question on more than one occasion. Not only children but even adults can struggle to understand why God created the world.
Recently I read the following on a Christian (non Orthodox) blog I follow. This blog often has some edifying posts and I was particularly interested in this latest entry and stricken by the great difference between their understanding of cosmology and the Orthodox understanding of it.
God, who is perfectly good, just, and wise, created the universe (all time, space, and matter). Human beings were the greatest part of His creation, for He made humans to represent Him on earth.
To elaborate on this snippet, the author revealed that they were recently asked to summarize Christianity to a group of high school students, some of whom knew little about the Christian faith. He attempted to write a quasi-creed in the form of a narrative. The bold sectio
n is what he considered as doctrine, we can infer the other is his commentary.
The Orthodox response is much more positive than this. We are more than representatives of our Lord. God created all of this for us, so that we could share in His love. One of the texts is use in my classes does a wonderful job of explaining this point:
God always abides in love. As God the Father loves God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, so God the Son loves God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, and so God the Holy Spirit loves God the Father and God the Son.
God is love (I John 4:8).
Living in love is a great joy, the highest blessing, and God wished that all other living beings should receive this joy. For this, He created the world. God first created the angels and then our earthly world. The Law of God by Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy
Parents can appreciate this as they understand having children is one of the greatest expressions of love. We have children so that they can share in our love and so that we can share in their love. It is no wonder the fathers of the Church connect the incredible mysteries of the Church with the family. Yes, every Orthodox family is a Church, in the truest sense! Our family abides in the love of God and we must strive to make our home a home for our Saviour.