I have just ordered some books from Amazon that deal with the question of militant atheism personified by Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. Today I do not want to discuss "Did God make Man?" but "Why did God make Man?"
The answer is given in Paul's sermon on Mars Hill. where I stood early last year alongside the Acropolis. "God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us." Acts 17:27.
This closeness of God to us is something we neglect at our peril. We are like the ostrich who buries its head in the sand. We imagine that because we cannot see God, he cannot see us. The prophet Jeremiah tells us, "I, the Lord, search the heart and examine the mind to reward a man according to his conduct according to what his deeds deserve." Jeremiah 17:10. In Psalm 139 David tells us that we cannot hide from God. We might think that in the vast universe we would be too insignificant to be noticed. We fail to recognize that space is silent. Our sins boom like a beacon across infinities of time and space.
Is there any hope? Jeremiah also tells us, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you ... and bring you back from captivity. " Jer 29:13-14.