11# Human Purpose

The Human Condition Vernon L. Harper

God is spirit, invisible, omnipresent, filling all space and time but not limited by space and time. God cannot be perceived by any physical organ of perception. We are told that…

"No one has seen God at any time" 1 John 1:18 and, "who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be everlasting power. Amen." 1 Timothy 6:16.

The creator of time and space, the eternal infinite, glorious God can never be directly perceived in creation. God does at times reveal himself through a Theophany which are observable manifestations of deity. An example of this is when God appeared to Ezekiel in the Ezekiel chapter 1.  A Theophany is a way for God to reveal something of himself to humanity, but no Theophany reveals the fullness of the Deity as the above scripture attest. (We will explore the ramifications of Jesus, God in the flesh, being perceived by humanity elsewhere, but here we are only establishing God’s original relationship to creation) 

God created the universe but cannot be directly perceived in the universe. Although what can be known of God can be clearly seen and understood through creation (Romans 1:20) a direct and personal perception of the Deity is not possible. This begs the question why would God construct creation in such a way that He, its creator, could not be directly perceived in it? With all of the care God took in constructing everything by the expression of His love in action why would God then create life without the ability to have direct, complete and continuous access to Him? 

The answer is God created the material world for humanity and then made humanity in His image and likeness to represent Him in that material world. In the previous post Genesis 1:26-28 describes to us how humanity was created in the image and likeness of God and then given dominion over the earth and told to subdue it. As God is spirit who expresses His light as creativity and preservation throughout the universe, humanity was originally created as God’s spiritual agent to express God's light through creativity and preservation in the earth.

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