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Why did God create humans? Why are we here?
Thank you for this important question regarding the purpose and meaning of life. It is one that many people ask at some point in their lives. The three elements of your question are all linked. Let us look at the first point about why God created us and I think the answers to your other two questions will become clearer as a result.
When creating man God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness". (Genesis 1:26). This is key to understanding the purpose for which God made us. God made us like Him, not unlike Him; He made us loving, communicating, responsive beings. As you read the first couple of chapters of Genesis we don't read of God emphasising His greatness and man's insignificance. We don't have a picture of a lord or king ruling over servants but rather we are presented with a God who so loves mankind whom He created that He gives them a beautiful paradise to live in, gives them authority over creation, grants them freedom (setting them only one restriction) and most importantly of all spends time with them, communing regularly with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. God created us in His likeness because God wanted communion with man, fellowship with man. In other words God created man first and foremost to have a relationship with Him.
Prior to God creating man God had existed as Father, Son and Spirit in an eternal, perfect, loving relationship, enjoying each other's company and conversation. God created us out of an overflow of that relationship. Often when we experience something wonderful in our lives one of our natural responses is to want to share it with others. The Father and Son were so enjoying their communion together, finding so much delight in it, so benefitting from their relationship that they wanted others to share in it. So God created us in His likeness so that could happen.
Unfortunately after a little while Adam and Eve thought they knew better. They were persuaded by the devil that actually there was something more satisfying than being in relationship with God and they rejected that relationship by breaking the one restriction placed upon them. Rather than finding greater freedom they actually found that it led to a life of bondage to sin, a life devoid of the satisfying relationship that God intended them to have with Him. We know the reality of this sin bondage in our own lives often by bitter experience.
Yet God was not surprised by this turn of events. He had a plan in place that anticipated this rejection response; a rescue plan that meant that as human beings we could again have this relationship with God and His Son which sin has taken away from us. It involved sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross, so that He could pay the penalty for our sin and by so doing open up the possibility of us being able to know God again if we will come in repentance and faith to Him.
If we were created for a relationship with God then the reason we are here is to experience and enjoy that relationship. The apostle Paul, one of the most prominent of the early Christians, wrote: Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I might gain Christ (Philippians 3:8). He had discovered that there was nothing greater, more important, more satisfying than knowing God and being in relationship with Him.
What is life about? Christ said on one occasion "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly" (John 10:10). Christ came that we might have the life of God, eternal life. Later on when defining what eternal life is, what this abundant life is that He came to give us, He stated: "And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent" (John 17:3). Eternal life, abundant life is about knowing God and His Son Jesus Christ, it is about being in relationship with God.
In summary the reason God created us, the reason we exist, the purpose of life is to know God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. We can know the God the Father through coming to His Son. Christ alone can deal with the sin that separates us from the Father. It is through faith in Christ that we enter into a personal, permanent relationship with God the Father and Christ Himself.
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Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- John 10:1-18
- Philippians 3:1-10
- John 14:6-7
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