Why Did God Create People?

God did not need us.

Some people have said, “After creating our world and the animal life, God found Himself lonely, so He created man!” That’s a sweet and heart-warming sentiment, but it’s simply not true. God is independent of mankind. God does not need the rest of creation for anything. “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of Heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things” (Acts 17:24–25).

God asked Job, “Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under Heaven is Mine” (Job 41:11). No one has contributed to God anything that did not first come from the God who created all things. “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine” (Psalm 50:10–11).

God created us because He wanted us.

Our lives are not some meaningless creation made by a disinterested Creator. Even though God does not need us, He is still intensely interested in our lives. He deeply and tenderly loves us beyond comprehension—not because He has to (out of need), but because He chooses to (out of love).

“The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).

He chose to make humankind in His image.

Because so many believe in the theory of evolution, many think that humans are simply better-developed animals. In our public schools, pupils are taught that man evolved from the lower animals, and that all of life developed over a vast expanse of time from a single life form that came into being from an unknown origin. Yet, this theory is being hotly challenged more and more in the scientific community.

One reason so many will subscribe to the theory of evolution is not because they have honestly researched it or have become intellectually convinced. They believe it because they think that it relieves them of responsibility before a holy God.

Yet, the Bible attributes the origin of man to an act of direct creation by God: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).

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