Why God Created Us
We Are a Created Being
I know, for many people, I am making an assumption here. Many people believe that we simply evolved from animals, that we are just a higher adaptation of the animals around us. Yet, as I look at the order and the vastness of the universe, I can’t imagine that it all happened by chance. When I look at the human race and how complex and wonderfully we are made, it would take a lot more faith to believe that we are just a higher class of animals than to believe that there is a God that created us as we are. There is no way that the universe could have just happened or that we evolved from animals. So I have to believe that God created us and that He created us for a reason.
God Tells Us How and Why We Were Created
Genesis 1 gives us the story. After God created everything, except the human race, Genesis 1:26 (NIV) says: “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’”
Two very important facts are recorded here.
1. God created us in His own image.
2. We are to rule over the rest of God’s creation.
We Were Created In God’s Image
God did not create us as small gods with unlimited power like He has. But He did share His qualities and abilities with us. He created us as free creatures with the ability to make decisions, to create and establish our own destiny. We are free to act, think and be anything we want, within the limitations He as set upon us. God will not interfere with what we want.
God did not create us as servants. He had already created the angels. These were His servants. They waited on Him “day and night.” Rev. 7:15 (NIV): “they are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in his temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tent over them.”
We Are the Rulers and Caretakers of All Creation
We were created to rule over all the rest of God’s creation. We take care of the earth, not because it is “Mother Earth,” but because it is God’s creation. God also gave us all the plants and animals to care for. But they were also placed here for our nourishment. We are not “fellow creatures” with the animals. We are their masters. We are to manage them for God and for ourselves.
We Are God’s Unique Creation
We were created as a truly unique creature. Genesis 2:7 (NIV): “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” The KJV says that man became a “living soul.” We were created as a combination of physical matter and a God-given spirit. These were united so tightly, that if they are separated, we will die a physical death.
It is our spirit that connects us with God. It is the part of us that is aware of the spiritual world and reaches out to God. It is the part of us that is eternal. Our spirit will exist forever. This is what makes us separate and distinct from the animals.
God’s Reason for Creating Us in This Way
Why did God create us in this way? The answer can be found in the response that Jesus gave when the teacher asked Him: “Which is the greatest commandment in the law? His answer is found in Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV): “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Notice what is central in these verses. It is love. Everything in God’s universe is based on love.
Other verses also reveal that God has great love for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV): “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Or look at this verse in 1 John 3:1 (NIV): “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” And finally this verse, 1 John 4:8 (NIV): “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
There can be no doubt that God’s connection with us is through His great love. These verses tell us that God created us to have this same ability to love. Why did He do this? It is because love is not love unless it is shared. True love must be received and not just given.
Love Can Only Be Given By a Truly Free Creature
One very important fact about love is that it can only be given by one who is truly free. Love cannot be commanded, it can only be freely given. A servant can do loving things, but only one who is truly free can freely love.
God created us as free creatures. You are free to live as you want to. You are free to love God. You are also free to reject God. You are free to love others or to hate others. You are free to create or destroy. True freedom means that we can do the opposite of what God created us to do.
Some Have Chosen To Misuse Their Freedom
The reason why there is so much evil in the world is that some people have chosen to misuse their freedom and center their lives on themselves instead of on God and others. They have chosen to destroy instead of create. When God decided to create us as totally free creatures, this is the chance that He took. See the article on “Why Is There Evil In the World?” to get a better understanding of this.
This Is Why God Created Us
God created us as free creatures so that we could share in His great love. God shares His love with us and we share our love with Him. This is our purpose for living. This is why God created us. Are you fulfilling your purpose in life? Are you living a life of love? Are you sharing your love with God? Are you living up to the full potential of your life?
God loves you and wants the best for you. He designed you so that you could receive the most excellent life that He could offer. But you have to reach out and accept it. And you must accept it on God’s terms. To understand how to do this, go the section: “Introduction to Salvation.”