By Hope Bolinger, Crosswalk.com
One of the most common questions a person will ask on earth is, "Why have I been placed here? For what purpose?" This question directs the querier to look to the Creator. Why would God make us? Did he get bored in heaven and needed some entertainment? Did he NEED us?
Colossians 1:16: "For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him."
This article will dive into the four truths as to why God decided to create us. It will also lay the foundation for our purpose here on earth and open our eyes to the magnitude of God's love for us and his creation.
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What Prompted God to Create and Why?
Before we address the question about why God would create us in the first place, we need to negate some misinformation that doesn’t fit within God’s character. See, every other religion that does not have a Trinitarian God runs into an issue, because the creation of mankind either makes a deity’s character to be cruel, limited in power, or both. Let’s take a look at some of the possible misconceptions.
Misconception One – God Was Bored
We see this in the Greek pantheon especially (but with other religions as well). A god or gods got bored. They needed something to do. So they created humans for entertainment. This, obviously, negates the picture we have of a holy God in the Bible. A god who creates beings merely for his entertainment and who does not care what happens to these mortals does not at all fit the description of our Lord.
Misconception Two – God Was Lonely
Any monotheistic religion that doesn’t have a trinitarian godhead runs into this issue. Where a deity creates humans to fill the void of loneliness. These humans could do his bidding, and sacrifice to him so he could feel all wanted and warm and fuzzy inside. This would completely derail the biblical picture we have of God. God does not need humans. He has plenty of company within the Trinity. If we have an all-powerful God in Trinitarian form, he doesn’t need so.
So this begs the question: then why did he create us? This article will dive into four reasons as to why God decided the world could use a little bit of humanity.
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1. God Created Us Because it Pleased Him to Do So
Have you ever met an artist who just loved to create? It doesn’t matter if anyone sees their artwork or pays big money to obtain it? They just want to create for the sake of making something beautiful and wonderful.
Perhaps you have an artistic gift yourself whether you enjoy writing novels, painting, or sculpting with clay. The same applies to God when he creates. He delights in his creation. He calls his creation “good” in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2.
2. God Created As an Overflow of His Love
Are you familiar with something known as the dance of the Trinity? A perichoresis. Although a complicated biblical concept that we still can’t quite understand (as we still haven’t quite understood the Trinity itself), we can boil it down to this.
The Trinity submits to one another and pours out love to one another. From this love, the Trinity created.
Although this analogy eventually breaks down, think of a married couple who love each other so much that they want to create something with that love, an offspring. In a beautiful marriage, one could argue that a baby is a product of love and a couple submitting to one another.
Here are some verses that highlight this relationship we see in the Trinity.
John 17:1: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.”
John 16:14: “He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.”
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3. God Created Us for His Own Glory
OK, so God created us as an outpouring of his love and creativity. But certainly, we must have a purpose here on this earth. After all, God made Adam and Eve before humanity needed saving. So what was their purpose?
For that, let’s take a look at the famous Westminster Catechism. “Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”
Therein lies the third reason why God created. He created us to glorify him.
“Wait a second, Hope.” Someone may say. “You said God doesn’t need us. Why would he create us to praise him then? Doesn’t that seem a little selfish and needy?”
First of all, we worship God because he deserves our praise. He created us out of nothing, gives us purpose, and loves us without limit. In the barest essence, we give credit where credit is due.
Secondly, we worship and glorify God as an act of love. He has poured out his love for us so lavishly that we cannot help but praise him for it.
Let’s examine what Scripture says about glorifying God.
1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
We glorify God through our actions. We thank him for making us by obeying his commands. God knows what is best for our lives, and in glorifying him through our actions, we acknowledge this.
Psalm 115:1: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!”
We glorify God because we can do nothing apart from him. Glorifying him recognizes our need for him.
Revelation 4:11: “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
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4. God Created Us to Be Like Him
The very first chapter in Genesis gives us an indication for the fourth reason as to why God created us.
Genesis 1:27: “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
God created us to be like him. Why though? Why didn’t he make us like all the other animals he made on the previous days (and some on the sixth day)?
I can answer this in part from a writer’s perspective. As a writer, I pour a piece of myself into each character. As Anne of Green Gables states, “There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting.”
God places a piece of himself into our creation. He shows us our value by making us in his image and calling us to something far greater than ourselves—to be more like him.
After all, God is perfect, holy, beautiful, and who wouldn’t want their creation to reflect that?
In summary, God created us because:
- He enjoys the act of creation
- Creation happened as an outpouring of the love of the Trinity
- He created us to glorify and enjoy him forever
- He made us to become more and more like him
Think about these words for a moment. The same God who crafted the universe and all the intricacies held within believed the world ought to have a bit of you in it. Furthermore, he hand-crafted you in his own image. How amazing!
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