MAN created GOD or GOD created MAN...???what all you people say..???  

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is an excellent question.  If God is a cultural construct, He was created by man.  However, if we are to accept God's existence, then man created God.  How you answer this question basically tells whether or not you believe in God.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I really think that this is a matter of personal opinion. I believe that God created man but I also think that man has created the different ways in which we view God. So I guess I believe that both are true.

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I would argue that man created all contemporary versions of God, if that makes sense. Now, I personally don't believe that God created man, but I do think the idea that man created the current ideas about God can co-exist with the idea that God originally created man. Here's why:

Everything we know about the concept of God, in any religion, comes in book form. This is not to discount people who claim to have witnessed God, or miracles, or who feel God at work in their lives on a daily basis. That's a much more personal viewpoint. What I'm talking about is the construction of God-figures through organized religion. And indeed, no matter the religion, our information comes from a text or set of texts that helps define the nature of God.

Yet who wrote those texts? The Bible is claimed to be the word of God, but He did not set it down in his own hand. No, men wrote it. And edited it. And translated it. And re-translated it. And focused on particular scripture for their causes. For example, walk into a bookstore today, and you'll see several different versions of the Bible. In each one, man has created his own version of God, which may be slightly different than the one presented in the next Bible on the shelf. In fact, there's a group out there right now that aims to completely re-write the Bible, to refocus on Old Testament scripture. It's actually rather disturbing, especially if you do believe in the Bible as the word of God...then these people are simply manipulating it for their own purposes. They're called the Conservative Bible Project, & they advocate such things as "eliminating gender neutral language" and changing all references to "comrade" to "volunteer". They also want to add to the Bible, wherever they feel certain phrases are ill-defined or even left out. So they are absolutely creating their own image of God. Link to their website here:

http://www.conservapedia.com/Conservative_Bible_Project

So, I would argue that as of right now, man is creating God. Even some who claim to be working towards God's purposes are changing, editing, and manipulating the texts of religion for their own gain, to promote the image of God as they see fit. Thus, while God may have made men in his own image, man is now re-creating God in his.

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superhampster | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Let me start by saying that I myself am not overtly religious, but I have no issue with those who are. I think that if there is a God or god-like figure, then he may have created us. However, the important distinction is that man created religion. There has to be a distinction made between God and religion, as they're very different. While there may or may not be a God out there, I think that man created religion to suit himself and to fill the need for a spiritual conduit in our lives.

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riis | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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God is He. we are all made in His image we all have God in us. how i view him is different from how you view Him. i think time is passing us by as we try to prove a point that already proved itself centuries ago and still proves itself each and every morning. why dont we focus on on who God is to us, to me as an individual .as we as I cleanse my heart in prayer from all filth that is within us and get ready for His coming for not even a single sin enter the kingdom... .

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Man created (and recreated, and re-recreated) God. It is so obvious. The nature of 'God' changes as man changes. We attribute to God those things which we believe is good and spiritual. As society changes, so does God.

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I would argue that man created all contemporary versions of God, if that makes sense. Now, I personally don't believe that God created man, but I do think the idea that man created the current ideas about God can co-exist with the idea that God originally created man. Here's why:

Everything we know about the concept of God, in any religion, comes in book form. This is not to discount people who claim to have witnessed God, or miracles, or who feel God at work in their lives on a daily basis. That's a much more personal viewpoint. What I'm talking about is the construction of God-figures through organized religion. And indeed, no matter the religion, our information comes from a text or set of texts that helps define the nature of God.

Yet who wrote those texts? The Bible is claimed to be the word of God, but He did not set it down in his own hand. No, men wrote it. And edited it. And translated it. And re-translated it. And focused on particular scripture for their causes. For example, walk into a bookstore today, and you'll see several different versions of the Bible. In each one, man has created his own version of God, which may be slightly different than the one presented in the next Bible on the shelf. In fact, there's a group out there right now that aims to completely re-write the Bible, to refocus on Old Testament scripture. It's actually rather disturbing, especially if you do believe in the Bible as the word of God...then these people are simply manipulating it for their own purposes. They're called the Conservative Bible Project, & they advocate such things as "eliminating gender neutral language" and changing all references to "comrade" to "volunteer". They also want to add to the Bible, wherever they feel certain phrases are ill-defined or even left out. So they are absolutely creating their own image of God. Link to their website here:

http://www.conservapedia.com/Conservative_Bible_Project

So, I would argue that as of right now, man is creating God. Even some who claim to be working towards God's purposes are changing, editing, and manipulating the texts of religion for their own gain, to promote the image of God as they see fit. Thus, while God may have made men in his own image, man is now re-creating God in his.

To answer you I would say do you believe the Bible is the the inspired word of God. If not then man created God.

He is also then creating religion and his version of what he wants God to be for  him.

If you believe that the bible is inspired word of God then it does not matter what man does. God holds the future and the power and forever. God sees all, is all, is everywhere, is all powerful, an knows all. Matters not what man does. God will judge them all. So that what man does better be according to God's inspired word exactly as it was written unchanged if he does not want to be judge by that God! We are saved by grace only if we walk in his light, the son of that light is Jesus Christ he is God. John 1:1.

What do you believe?

http://ebible.org/asv/John.htm

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