WHY ARE WE EVEN HERE, ANYWAY?

Here’s a good one from Lee! 

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I was thinking about this point (hence the title above) as an end-of-year exercise and posed the question to myself: why would God even need or want to create us? Certainly, we clearly come amply bundled with a whole set of problems (sin) that God must continually deal with in each of our lives. When I look at life from my limited point of view, my first reaction would be: if I’m God, why would I even want to subject myself to the many messes we – each one of us – create for ourselves and others around us? And endure the anger and disrespect we often direct at our loving God.

As I thought more, it occurred to me that, by Themselves, the triune godhead, could be perfectly happy (emphasis on “perfect” here) with one another. As part of that godhead, Jesus knows exactly what God the Father is thinking and desiring; what will make Him happy. But even with all that perfect knowledge of one another, I kept coming around to the thought that life for our Lord might somehow be boring if each person of the Trinity knows exactly what’s going on with the others in that Trinity. I actually felt pretty ashamed that I could even consider that thought: that somehow existence could be boring for the Creator of all that is. But if God wasn’t bored, then why would He (they) go to the lengths that He (They) did?

As I pondered this thought, it occurred to me that quite probably God created first the world for us to live in, then created mankind, purely out of love. In researching this topic, I found an interesting article (www.bible.org) and it contained a wonderful thought. To quote: “In general, Scripture teaches us that God created the world and all that is in it for His own glory and because He desired to share His life with others.” I have been long aware of the first part of that quote but had never considered that latter portion of the quote. God is full of love and goodness, and can create anything imaginable. So, it appears that He set out to create all that we see and know just for us. Because He wanted to share us in on all that He has and all that He can do, and, even more importantly, share us in on HIM!

Many wise philosophers have spent centuries considering this question: why are we here? And countless volumes have been written on the subject. Consider the works of Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Rene Descartes, and Immanuel Kant, for instance. One web site I came across in researching this topic posed the question along these lines: “Our presence in the universe is something too bizarre for words. The mundaneness of our daily lives causes us to take our existence for granted—but every once in a while we’re cajoled out of that complacency and enter into a profound state of existential awareness, and we ask: why is there all this stuff in the universe, and why is it governed by such exquisitely precise laws? And why should anything exist at all?”

Maybe the answer is just this simple: we’re here because God loved us and wanted us to be able to be with and enjoy Him. All the riches and pleasure that we so enjoy just comes with the package, but the real treasure to be found is God Himself. It seems more than plausible that God did this creation thing (including creating us) purely out of love. I don’t know about you, but that answer is infinitely more appealing (and sensible) to me than one that says all this happened “by chance and the passage of billions of years.” To me, the latter sounds more like an off-the-cuff copout rather than the stuff of serious thought and meaningful, soulful consideration of the reality all around us.

Lee Pierce

 

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