Why God left man until the sixth day

By Paulo Coelho

A group of wise men met together in a castle in Akbar to discuss God’s works; they wanted to know why he had left creating man until the sixth day.

‘He wanted to get the Universe sorted out first so that we could have all its marvels at our disposal,’ said one.

‘He wanted to experiment with animals first so that he wouldn’t make the same mistakes when he created us,’ argued another.

A wise Jew turned up at the meeting. He was told the subject of discussion: ‘In your opinion why did God create man only on the final day?’

‘Very simple,’ said the wise man. ‘So that whenever we were afflicted by pride, we could reflect that, in the Divine scheme, even a mere mosquito had priority over us.’

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  1. agnieszka says:

    Oh Dear Paulo,
    Where You “find” these stories?
    You really want us to think hard and….
    I love it ! ! !
    Reading about intuition, the first thought that came to my mind reading this story was:
    we were created on the sixth day because
    we're God's intuition – “the sixth sense” (?)
    :-)

    But that is not the only thought.
    I think that all these men are right, in a way,
    but
    the last one shows the most important thing of all –
    that, WE SHOULD BE HUMBLE BEFORE GOD.

    For me this is one of the most precious virtue of all,
    but also the most difficult.
    The world is getting in the wrong direction many times only because – people feel that they're God, that they have all the power,
    so there's no need to believe in God.

    I think that world would be a better place if we were more humble, more truthful, more lovable.

    love
    Agnieszka

  2. Marie-Christine says:

    Sufi prayer
    “O Lord, when I pay attention to the voices of animals, the sounds of the trees, the bubbling of water, the chirping of the birds, the howling wind or the crashing thunder, I perceive in them evidence of your Unity, I sense that you see the supreme power, almighty, the supreme wisdom , supreme justice.

    O Lord I recognize you in the trials I am enduring. Allow Lord your satisfaction to be my satisfaction. May I be your Joy, that Joy which a Father sees in his son, And May I recall You with tranquility and determination, even when it is difficult to say that I love You.”

  3. Marie-Christine says:

    plenty of mosquitoes in my garden.

  4. Joanne says:

    Dear Mr Coelho,
    As God is the creator – I’m sure HE had his reasons to leave the creation of wo(men) for the 6th day. Usually I do not ask WHY but rather I accept everything that HE planned or plans for us all. All I do most of the times is accept whatever I come across as HIS will for me.
    Thank you for such inspiring words
    greetings
    Joanne

  5. agnieszka says:

    Oh Dear Paulo,
    Where You “find” these stories?
    You really want us to think hard and….
    I love it ! ! !
    Reading about intuition, the first thought that came to my mind reading this story was:
    we were created on the sixth day because
    we’re God’s intuition – “the sixth sense” (?)
    :-)

    But that is not the only thought.
    I think that all these men are right, in a way,
    but
    the last one shows the most important thing of all –
    that, WE SHOULD BE HUMBLE BEFORE GOD.

    For me this is one of the most precious virtue of all,
    but also the most difficult.
    The world is getting in the wrong direction many times only because – people feel that they’re God, that they have all the power,
    so there’s no need to believe in God.

    I think that world would be a better place if we were more humble, more truthful, more lovable.

    love
    Agnieszka