God & Man (A Purposeful Life)

CHAPTER 3
GOD & MAN

Here I would like to discuss about God and mankind. First let’s discuss about God. Who is God? Some say he is a power, others say he is the creator. Some believe he’s everlasting, wisest among all and many other things. But who exactly is God? Is he a power, creator, wisdom or any other things? No, what ever said are few qualities of God but really not God.

It reminds me of the story how five blind-men went to see elephant. The first one got the trunk of the elephant and said elephant is a long pipe, the second one caught the tail and said no elephant is like a broom stick, where as the third person caught the ears and determined elephant is a big fan, the forth one got the tusks and mentioned elephant is of two trumpets and the fifth one caught the legs and said elephant is pillar. They tried explaining among themselves depending on what they felt and they began to quarrel and a wise man came and asked what’s going on and they explained what each person felt, then the wise man said what you all saw is right but actually elephant is not just what all you felt but it consists of all what they felt. In the case of God it’s the same thing. As some think God is actually not just power or creator or just anything but he’s has all these characters. The main characters what God have are omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, everlasting. But is this God? No, but they are a part of him. Then who exactly is he? God- nobody can really give a proper definition but in the scripture through many parts certain hints are given. In Genesis chapter 1 It tells us all about the creation of the universe, creation of all forms of living things including man. In the book of Job from 38-41 God proves his wisdom, power and the beauty of creations, Where as in Isaiah chapter 40 his describes how big our God is and in Revelations he says he’s the alpha and omega the beginning and end. And there are many more places where God’s godliness is presented in bible.

Looking on to the world, how wonderfully have God made the earth? He made earth so incredible that even using the modern technologies we cannot unlock all the mysteries of the earth on how it all work. Imagine the number of different species of plants, animals, birds, fishes, reptiles, insects. How incredibly has God made each one of them! Think about the size of earth such a huge ball spins on its axis on an interval of 24 hours without any error from the time earth was created! The path that the earth revolves around the sun! Have you ever thought the distance what earth travels each day on revolving around the sun (2,575,200 km/day!) and the speed of the revolution of earth? (1,07,300 km/hr!). The speed and distance travelled by rotation of earth in its axis?(speed 1609 km/hr!) (distance 40,234 km). Can you imagine what happens if something goes wrong for sometime? What about the air blanket around the earth? How much energy is used in sun per second? The distance to sun? (149,597,890 km). The speed of light and time taken to reach the light from far away stars? The questions of universe keep on going and the more we learn the more we will understand how big our God is and his unimaginable Wisdom and knowledge. He has not just made an earth and sun but so many other stars, planets, satellites, galaxies, nebulas, shooting stars, comets and so on! Can we imagine who he really is?

The best part I really like is even though God is so huge he still made the smallest things. Picturise this. How does God the creator of all these who sits above the universe see each one of us? I mentioned earlier the universe itself is so vast that we cannot even imagine the size. And God who made all this such big person living above all this, looks down into earth and to his eyes we are so many times smaller than how we see microbes through microscope! Yet he made us, he knows each one of us, he knows even the inner thoughts of our heart and knows far more better than what we know ourselves!

God despite of his incredible size he still made the smallest things in the world. As we all know there is a hidden world of microbes around us which are invisible to naked eye but still God made them. He made the atoms and the protons, neutrons and electrons inside. Imagine the power of God his wisdom and knowledge! how incredible is he! And now what does man know about him? Absolutely nothing. Nothing in this world can phantom what he is or his wisdom is. Yet he made us.

The planet earth dates back to millions of years old and the universe dates back several millions years back. Even using modern technologies we cannot clearly mention the age of universe. But God he was here far too long before all these. He was here before time! He is here now and he will be there forever! That’s what it’s said in the book of Revelation “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:13 NIV).”

Now think about what man is? I have given an outline in chapter 1 about the human body. But comparing to God how big is man? I mentioned above our size is so small compared to him. In Bible it says “Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust. (Isaiah 40:15 NIV).” Imagine how much more smaller are we when compared in person!

Looking geographically into the world we can divide the people according to the regions like Americans, Asians, Europeans, Australian, African, Scandinavian etc. again Considering each continents depending on the number of countries people can be further divided. For eg when you call some one Asian he can be an Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Japanese, Arabians etc. But when we focus into each country depending on the regions people can be further described such as in India, people in Northern India are called North Indians where as in South are called South Indians. Again looking into the regions according to what language the people speak they can be further determined like Keralite, Tamilian, Andra etc once again in each of these area depending on the tribes, rituals etc people can be further divided.

Politically and economically People are mainly divided as developed, developing and people from third world countries, religiously depending on the religion and faith people are further divided as Christians, Hindus, Muslim, Buddhist, Jainism, atheists etc. Again health wise people can be classified healthy, strong, weak etc.

God has created humans but in so many varieties. When we look in families people are different. Father will have different characters to mother and children the same with mother and each child. That’s called the personality of the person. Again when we look into society we see people of different characteristics. Some are rich, some are poor, some are philosophers, theologist, wise, Some are good people who does good things for the society by helping poor and needy, some are kind, some help the poor by giving financial aids, some by food, some help the sick, some take care of orphans and so many other kinds. There are people who does neither help any one nor harm any one, there are crooked and wicked people. There are people who boasts about themselves, money, strength their abilities, family background etc. Likewise there are many different kinds of people in the world.

All humans have the same body design except to the universal discrimination of male and female but as I mentioned there are many kinds of people on the characters. But the Bible says even if you think you are so rich or you have all the wealth of the world, whether you are a renown person or anything, you are only equivalent to a breath. If you cannot take the next breath to what you exhale then regardless of who you are you are no longer called by your name, but will be termed as a dead body. “You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. (Psalm 39:5 NIV).” Hence as apostle Paul said “Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:31 NIV).”
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. (Proverbs 27:1 NIV).”
Because you are living today because of his grace and not by your abilities.

And what God expects you is “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:3-8 NIV).”

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