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Why did God create the world? People often ask “Why did God create the world?”. It is a mess, with suffering, problems and injustice. We will examine the question, but ultimately, we must be satisfied with the answers God supplies!
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the L ORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. Some things we can know, they “belong to us”. Other things we cannot find out!
Ecclesiastes 8:16-17 When I applied my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that is done on earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night, 17 then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it.
God created the world because He chose to! Romans 9:19-21
You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
The existence of the universe declares the glory and righteousness of God Psalm 19:1-3; 50:6 Romans 1:20
Psalm 19:1-3; 50:6 (19:1-3), The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. (50:6), Let the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is Judge.
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. The world is evidence of God’s attributes, and He expects us to seek Him out (cf. Acts 17:27)
God created human beings with free will, so we would choose to serve Him Genesis 1:27 Genesis 2:16-17
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. “In His own image” certainly includes free moral agency, and the ability to make moral decisions
Genesis 2:16-17 And the L ORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” With the command is the reality that man could choose to disobey!
God wants people to choose good, but we have all gone astray Ecclesiastes 7:29 Romans 3:23
Ecclesiastes 7:29 Truly, this only I have found: That God made man upright, But they have sought out many schemes. Why blame God for the messes and suffering on earth? God is not at fault for the evil that exists.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. If you want to know who to blame for suffering, just look in a mirror!
God did not want us to suffer for our sins, so He planned to save us through His Son Genesis 3:15 Ephesians 1:7-10
Genesis 3:15 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
Ephesians 1:7-10 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
Conclusion God created the world, and mankind as a blessing and wonderful gift. Man tried to foul it all up, by disobeying and sinning against Him. However, God has “saved the day” in devising His great scheme of redemption, accomplished in His Son.