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Why would God want to create humans when he knew we would be sinners? What would he get from us?
Thank you so much for this great question. You've already shown a great understanding of what the Bible teaches. God's motivation to save sinners really gets to the heart of what the gospel is about.
The first thing you need to understand is that God is self-sufficient. One of the Bible writers said this:
"The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything." (Acts 17:24-25)
God doesn’t need anything to make himself happy or fulfilled. In himself, he is fully happy.
Why is this? God is a Trinity. Although there is one God he is made up of three persons. This may be difficult to get our head around, but the result of this is that in himself God has enough love. The Father, the Son and the Spirit loved each other for eternity; he had no need of anything else. So when he created us, it wasn’t as a needy God who required something from us.
So why did he create us? He created us so that we might share in the love that he had. The relationship God had was too good to not be shared. He sought to share that love with each of his created beings. His reason for creating us was not for his own good. Rather it was for us to share in his good.
This love cost God dearly. God the Son had to die on a cross bearing the punishment for our sin and the Bible makes clear that this caused real genuine pain. It cost God to love us. But this just shows his love even more.
We were his enemies. We had utterly rejected him, and yet the only way he could ever respond to us was love. The Bible says this, God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8).
Perhaps the best illustration of this is parents. A husband and wife (hopefully) already have a great relationship before their child is born. They don’t need the child to heal their already damaged relationship. But having created an atmosphere of love in their home they desire to bring in a new life to share in that family of love.
Except what God did is more than this. It is as if the husband and wife knew in advance that the child would run away from home and refuse to have anything to do with them. They knew their child would commit hideous crimes and the only way for them to restore the relationship is for one of them to take the punishment the child deserved. If we knew this would happen, no one would have a child. No one except God.
Knowing this makes a huge difference to how we respond to God. If God was just a needy, lonely God, who created us to please himself, we may find it hard to truly love him. But God’s love is utterly selfless. He doesn’t need us, but we need him. He created us to know him and love him and we will always feel empty if we don’t.
In light of that, we should each commit to knowing this God. If our very existence is to know this God, we must come to know him. And if he was willing to create us, even though he knew it would result in death on the cross, we have all the more reason to love him in return.
In summary, God had no other motivation in creating us than that we might share in his love. He knew that we would sin, but he still went through with it. As we said before: God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8).
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Romans 5:6-11
- John 3:16
- 1 Timothy 1:15
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