Creation, Why God Made The World
In Part 1, we examined how God made the world, now I move onto the next question, why? The fact is, God is totally self sufficient and self satisfied in Himself as trinity. He certainly did not need to create a universe let alone fill it with creatures who rebel against him at every turn. So why did He?
The bible tentatively answers the question in the following way.
- The ultimate answer to this and every other question is For His Glory. This is the complete overarching tenant of scripture. The end for which all things happen is to ultimately give God glory. Ultimately, I believe that everything in the universe is created and will inact itself out such that God receives the maximum amount of glory possible.
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36
- The next reason that God created the world is For Jesus Christ.
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for
him. Colossians 1:16
The verse pretty much says it all. One of the reason’s that the Triune God created the world was for Christ, but not only for Him, but also by Him.
- The final reason so that God can demonstrate His attributes. This is probably the most specific reason and the one that will take the most explanation.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
God has many attributes, holiness, grace, love, mercy, wrath, justice, omniscience, omnipotence etc. Now some of these can be clearly seen regardless of creation, however some can only be seen in the context of creation. Take the attribute of love, as described in the verse above. In one sense, God can show love within Himself as Trinity, but the love He has for us is a different love, it is a love for a father to his utterly rebellious son. A clearer example is the attribute of God’s justice. God cannot demonstrate justice unless there is something to be judged. Same with grace. If nobody had sinned, nothing could ever perceive or receive God’s grace. Also read about God’s call to Moses in Exodus 6 & 7
So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD. Ezekiel 38:23
God created the universe so that His attributes could be seen and ultimately He would get more glory.
This is a very quick look into the ‘why’ of creation. In a sense the bible is a bit quiet on the subject. Like many things, it never comes out and just says: “the reason for such-and-such is…” Now, in part, it is true that it would be a little idle to speculate on a subject the bible is directly silent on. God knows what He is doing and that should be enough for us. Yet, the bible is not completely silent. We can piece together a theology of “Why God…” from various clues left in scripture. Just be careful however. It is never wise to speculate further than what is clearly written down in the text.
For a little more reading on this subject, I recommend this excellent alternate source at CARM
The Doctrine Of Creation
Part 1: Creation, How God Made The World
Part 2: Creation, Why God Made The World
Part 5: Creation And The End Times