Why Did God Create Us?

God created us for a specific and important reason. We will explore together why we exist the way we do.


Obed Ortiz

22 min read

Why did God create us? Obviously, He created us for a specific and important reason. But do we know the real reason we exist? We can search for it in the Bible or look it up on the internet, but the true answer will yet escape us. Is it such a mystery? It must be, seeing the answer is not clearly stated anywhere. The Bible tells us that we were in God’s mind way before anything existed. He knew our names, our characters, our frailties, and everything about us before anything was ever created.

“My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me When as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:15-16)

“For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.” (Romans 8:19)

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers… what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

“The God who made the world and everything in it… is not served by human hands, as if he needed Anything.” (Acts 17:24-25).

“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10).

We need to understand who God is in order to answer this question. God is an Eternal Being. This may be a simple thing to know because we hear it all the time. But do we actually understand eternity from the perspective of God? There is no other being other than His own begotten Son, who exists within the dimension of timeless eternity. The implications of eternity are far more reaching than we can imagine. Existing in an eternal dimension means that there is no past or no future. For God, all time is “Now”. He sees the past, the present, and the future all the same. It is all before His “All Seeing Eye” at the same time, simultaneously.

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8)

Since He sees everything all at the same time, that means He knows everything all at the same time. God cannot learn anything because He is the source of all knowledge. So, it should be no surprise to know that God knew us, way before the foundations of this world because He chose us before the foundations of the world. (Ephesians 1:4) But understand, that when the Bible says “… before the foundations of the world” it is conveying that message to humans who have no idea of time before the existence of this planet, much less, things regarding the existence of the cosmos. This universe was not created all at the same time. But from God’s timeless existence, all time is the same as the present. All creation, as far as scripture can reveal, exists within the confines of time, space, and matter. So although for us, all that exists appeared within a serial timeline, for God, everything appears to Him simultaneously because His existence is outside the confines of our time frame. For God, a thousand years are no different to Him as is a day. This is a man’s frail attempt to explain the timelessness of God. For God, eternity is no different from a day.

How does the eternal existence of God help explain why God created us? Well, knowing who God is, plays a very big part in our understanding of why we exist. You see, we were not the first beings He created. Again, we must understand things from two perspectives. The first perspective is from God’s timeless, eternal view. The second perspective is from our finite view which is subject to the boundaries of time. There are countless other galaxies containing an unimaginable number of planets out there. Evidence for this is found not only in scripture, but scientists all over the world have proved this to be true. The fact that there are planets out there means there are beings inhabiting them. Why do I say that? Consider this bible text.

“For this is what the LORD says-- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited-- he says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.” (Isaiah 45:18)

Understanding who God is, helps us understand that He who is changeless and is the same throughout all eternity has the same consistent behavior.

"For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore, you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob." (Malachi 3:6)

If God did not create this planet to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited, don’t you think He had the very same intentions for all the planets He created? God has creatures throughout the entire universe. These are those who rejoiced as they witnessed God creating things on this planet.

“When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:7)

Knowing that there are countless beings out there in the universe, existing way before we were created, gives us a bit better perspective as to how small and insignificant we are.

"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?" (Psalm 8:3-4)

Yet, scripture tells us that God knew us and loved us with an everlasting love. This can only be possible by a being that is eternal and all-knowing. Understanding God’s eternal nature will help us grasp the implication that from God’s perspective, all things came into existence within His eternal time frame which may have been but a moment. Yet, from the perspective of the creatures existing within the confines of time, things came into existence within a span of an unimaginable amount of time. God sees all time at a single glance. We see time in a sequential and chronological order, and even then, we only see what is immediately before our eyes within our specific visual spectrum. God interacts with His creation within the confines of serial time for our own benefit. Consider the 6 days it took for God to create things here on this planet. He then took a seventh day as a model of rest and remembrance. Yet we know that God never rests. He is never static. The six-day creation and the seventh day of rest impacted only one single planet out of the countless other planets out there. Since God is changeless, should we not assume that God gave just as much attention to all the other planets? The planets in our solar system will one day be filled with life too. Just like God did on this planet, He will likewise do with those. The six-day creation story, as told in Genesis, is a narrative told for humans by a human. It is a story from a human perspective. This is why each day is accounted for and logged. Since we only understand our reality in terms of time/space/matter this is how the story is constructed. But unlike the popular belief among Christian scientists that God created the entire universe in six days, this is not what scripture teaches. Scripture gives evidence that the universe was not created all at one time. It was created in a historical sequence that can be tracked chronologically. The six-day creation is a prime model of this fact.

The Luciferian rebellion occurred way before the six-day creation story. Scripture may not say this directly, but all we have to do is make some logical assumptions. Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan disguised as a serpent. That means that Satan has been already a fallen angel way before they were created. The story of the fall of Lucifer along with all the angels that followed him occurred long, long ago before this planet had life. The time span of this rebellion exceeded way beyond the time of human existence. From the time Adam and Eve committed the first sin until now, it would be roughly about 6000 years(This period is an approximation). From the time Lucifer and his angelic companions raised a revolt against God to the time they were evicted from heaven, an enormous amount of time had to transpire. Does scripture say this? Not directly, but it is inferred when we carefully follow the chronological events. There is a definite and extensive time sequence that brought about the existence of the cosmos. Proof of this is in our very own science as well as scripture. The Bible tells us to look at nature for it testifies to its creator.

"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." (Romans 1:20)

“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you, And the birds of the air and they will tell you, Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, And the fish of the sea will explain to you." (Job 12:7-8

"The heavens declare the glory of God, And the firmament shows His handiwork." (Psalm 19:1

"By faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible."(Hebrews 11:3)

When we look at the stars above, we see heavenly bodies that give off light. It takes light time to travel from point A to point B. The speed of light is known to be about 186,282 miles per second. Yet we see celestial bodies that are millions of light years away using our most advanced telescopes. Just this alone tells us that the universe is very, very old, otherwise, the visible light of these bodies would not have yet reached us. If God wants us to study His creation, He does so knowing that creation speaks the truth. We are just a small factor in the history of the universe.

God created all the beings in the universe firsthand. We call these beings “Angels” simply because they are not human. Many who don’t believe in the scriptures will call these beings “Aliens” because they don’t live on this planet. But these Angels/Beings have a home, a residence somewhere out there just like we do on this planet. They have an address just like we do. One-third of them left their heavenly residence due to their rebellion. They were created directly from the hand of God, not birthed from parents like we were. We need to understand this in order to understand why we exist the way we do. This is not something being said just to impress the reader. This is straight from scripture.

“When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven” (Mark 12:25)

“At the resurrection, people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven” (Matthew 22:30)

When the redeemed join the heavenly family, we will no longer be the same mortal humans we are acquainted with today. We will have the same physical bodies the angels currently have now. Angels do not marry; they are all brothers because they were all created directly by God. They do not have the capacity to produce offspring as we do. They were not commanded to multiply and reproduce. That’s why they do not marry. We, on the other hand, are unique in this entire universe. We have a different purpose than that of the angels in heaven. That’s why we are so different. The universe is intently watching our every move because we have an agenda far beyond our own understanding.

Why did God create us? Again, there is a need to explain a few more things before the answer to that question. Since God is all-knowing and knows the end from the beginning, He knew that one day, one of His most precious of all His creations would rebel against Him. He would cause a third of all the heavenly angels to rebel with him. God knew that He would be forced to evict those whom He loves so dear from their heavenly home.

"And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought." (Revelation 12:7)

"And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." (Luke 10:18)

He also knew that their new address would be on this planet earth. He also knew that the residents of this planet will live in a kingdom of chaos, pain, suffering, and death. Knowing all this before He ever created anything, He already had a backup plan. This backup plan was Jesus Christ. The very first thing God did before He created anything was that He gave birth to a Son, His only begotten Son. Unless we get past our own misconception of who God is, we will never understand why He created us. Most of us here on this planet believe that God has a co-equal that has existed with Him as long as He Himself has existed. This is not what scripture teaches. Scripture tells us that God’s Son had a birth date. Before God did anything at all, He gave birth to a Son.

“The LORD formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else” (Proverbs 8:22) NLT

“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;” (Proverbs 8:22-30)

“In this, the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9)

God’s only begotten Son was not the man that was born of a virgin in Bethlehem. If that were the case He could not be called His only begotten, for all men were born of human parents and all are His children. The fact that God sent His only begotten Son means He had a begotten Son to send already. Jesus was the Son of God before He was born as a man. The Bible tells us that He took on the form of a man.

"but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men." (Philippians 2:7)

That means He was not a man before. Before He came here in the flesh, Christ used to be in the form of God, made up of the same substance as His Father.

"who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God," (Philippians 2:6)

Christ’s pre-existence predated the creation of anything in the universe. He was there before the Father created anything.

Another misconception prevalent in the Christian world is the belief that it was Christ who created everything. Re-read Proverbs 8:22-30. It clearly depicts Christ speaking in the first person. Jesus says in reference to His Father “While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;”

But we see that in (John 1:3) referring to Christ the bible says that “All things were made (through Him) or (by Him).” If we dig a little deeper we realize that the Father used His Son as the means to create all things. This affirms the fact that it was God the Father doing the creating, and His Son was the channel by which all things came into existence.

"For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16)

There are many things we need to unlearn and relearn again straight from scripture.

God has many sons, all these sons are by creation. But God has only one single “Begotten” Son. He was begotten by birth. This is what the Bible teaches. Unless we believe that Christ is God’s only Son, we will always have it wrong.

"Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God." (1 John 4:15)

God had a Son before Jesus was born of Mary. The prophet Agur asked for His name during the Old Testament era.

“Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is the name of his son? Surely you know!” (Proverbs 30:4)

The question may arise, Why did God need a Son? Ah, now comes the real question. God, the all-powerful being who exists in eternity, in need of something? Yes, He needed a Son. Why? Because He knew that fallen humanity was going to need a deliverer. Well, couldn’t God accomplish this without a Son? Well, apparently, knowing everything from the beginning and considering all the scenarios and infinite possibilities throughout eternity, the only recourse was to have a Son. Why? Because only His Son would have been able to take on human flesh and die as a man. God the Father could not have done this because had He died, all creation would have been extinguished. Not only did God create everything, but He also sustains everything. Nothing exists without His sustaining power. The Bible teaches that there is no wisdom or knowledge in death.

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

So had God the Father not had a Son and would have Himself died, He would have never resurrected and all existence would have ceased and there would have been no one around to resurrect Him. So He needed a Son, one born of His own substance, to die for fallen humanity. Jesus died literally. From Friday to Sunday morning, the Son of God did not exist until His Father brought Him back to life.

"whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it." (Acts 2:24)

Jesus did not raise Himself from the dead as many would believe. Jesus said:

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19)

He was talking about His church. His disciples scattered when He was crucified, but after His resurrection three days later, His church was established. This is what the Father foresaw before the beginning of time and thus the reason why He needed a literal “Only Begotten Son”. This is the gospel that the Father “So loved the world that He gave His “Only Begotten Son”. Until we grasp the full context of John 3:16 we will never understand fully how precious the cost is for God to purchase our salvation.

Why did God create us? If we understand that God is eternal and knows the end from the beginning and know what He has done in light of all that has happened on this planet and how it was that what has happened here affects the entire universe, then we will understand that everything was intentionally foreordained. Nothing happens by chance in the presence of a God that controls every molecule, every atom, and every particle on its smallest scale. God is not responsible for sin, but without God, sin would have never existed. Since we know that sin came into existence, we also know that God made a provision for it and how to deal with it. The fact that we know what God did in order to redeem fallen humanity, is sufficient to say that this was the only way God could have accomplished it. We may say, God could have redeemed us in a million different ways. Well, we can have that conversation with Christ who had that same thought very briefly.

"My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." (Matthew 26:39)

As we know, the answer to that request was not very favorable. It is quite apparent that there was only one way the human race was to be redeemed.

In light of the things explained so far, why did God place us in such a vulnerable position in the middle of a war between God and Angels with such power and might that we can easily be extinguished just by proximity? Well, another little tidbit we need to understand is the fact that God has many other followers and observers exceeding our puny little numbers here on earth. And because God loves them just as much as He loves us, God developed a plan that would guarantee that rebellion will never ever be repeated again. Contrary to what many people believe, God never risked anything when He sent His Son down to redeem man. We may have read something like this somewhere, but understand that this would be impossible. God, who knows everything and is ignorant of nothing, cannot possibly risk anything, seeing He knows the outcome of everything beforehand. Risk is the intentional interaction with uncertainty. Uncertainty is a potential, unpredictable, and uncontrollable outcome; risk is a consequence of action taken in spite of uncertainty. Had Christ failed at anything His Father sent Him to do, God would not have sent Him. The only One that took a risk was Christ Himself, because as a man, He did not know the outcome of His own mission. In the book “Great Controversy” E.G.White said the following:

"Who can estimate the value of a soul? Go to Gethsemane, and there watch with Jesus through those long hours of anguish when he sweat as it were great drops of blood; look upon the Saviour uplifted on the cross; hear that despairing cry, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Look upon that wounded head, the pierced side, the marred feet. REMEMBER CHRIST RISKED ALL; "tempted like as we are," HE STAKED EVEN HIS OWN ETERNAL EXISTENCE upon the issue of the conflict. Heaven itself was imperiled for our redemption. At the foot of the cross, remembering that for one sinner, Jesus would have yielded up his life, we may estimate the value of a soul." {GCB, December 1, 1895 par. 22}

We must understand this from the perspective of the Son of God. There can only be a risk when full knowledge of the aftermath has not been revealed. From the perspective of God the Father, the risk was not a factor or not even a faint possibility. Risk is only applicable when the outcome is unknown. To say that heaven was imperiled is to insinuate that God’s plan may have had the potential to fail. I don’t disagree with E.G. White because, in the eyes of Christ, His risk was real. He was very much willing to give up His own eternal existence to save humankind. But from the perspective of God the Father who is all-knowing, His plan was perfect in every detail and risk was never part of the equation.

Why did God create us? The creation of humankind had a lot to do with the heavenly beings throughout the rest of the universe. It was for their benefit that He created us. It was because of them that we exist the way we do. The church is looked upon as the Bride of Christ. The woman (church) was created to have a head of authority over her. This was done to show the angels that we have a master who will redeem us from our fallen state. We were God’s response to Satan’s accusations. Satan accused God of being unfair and untrustworthy. He sought to elevate himself as one who can offer the universe a better government. In spite of being a creature himself, he wanted to be God. His arguments against God were so convincing that a third of all the angels in heaven were fooled by his artful logic and cunning misrepresentation of God’s love. He presented God as a tyrant and one who forced His will on others or face severe consequences. God’s response to Satan’s rebellion was us; a race of beings so unlike those throughout the rest of the universe; a people who are weak, mortal, fragile, imperfect, dependent on so many things just to stay alive, yet accomplished so much more than the prince of angels ever did. God made this race of humans more like Himself than even the angels. We are unique in that we are the only ones in the universe that procreate. Angels do not. We are like little creators. God showed Satan, who desired to be God, that inferior beings than himself were more qualified to be godlike than he. “Let Us make man in our image.” (Genesis 1:26) God created us to show the universe that God can do more with the weak than with the strong. Satan thought that we were going to be easy prey. He knew his power was way greater than our puny scrawny strength. But he didn’t count on the fact that God’s power is magnified by those who depend entirely on Him.

Another purpose we serve and a reason why God created us is due to the fact that the entire rebellion in heaven is between angels and God. The war in heaven was between Lucifer and his angels totaling a third of the angelic population vs. Christ or Michael the Archangel and His angels totaling two-thirds of the angelic population. This pretty much accounts for everybody and they were all involved in this battle. We know that in a court of law, there are defendants and there are prosecutors. So a neutral party is needed to decide who is right and who is wrong. The defendants cannot do this because they will obviously be biased and side with themselves. The prosecutors cannot do this for the same reason. Only a neutral party can accomplish this decision because they have no involvement in this altercation. This party is called the jury. The jury is handpicked to make sure they are unbiased and unprejudiced. They are to fairly judge the matter and submit a unanimous decision. We were created to be the jury of this heavenly court. It has taken approximately 6000 years in this process of jury selection. These will be the redeemed. These are those God has handpicked for the job of judging angels.

"Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?" (1 Corinthians 6:3)

Just as a judge sits in the front of the court and the jury sits in the front of the court alongside him, Christ also sits on His throne of judgment with His jury alongside Him.

"To him who overcomes, I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne." (Revelation 3:21)

This jury will have exactly 1000 years to investigate all the dealings of God and the angels.

"Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:6)

They will have access to all the books of records and will in the end justify God’s dealings with men and with angels.

"Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15)

God created us for multiple reasons, two of which I have mentioned. We were God’s response to Satan’s accusations and thus we were created to show the angelic universe that God indeed can rule fairly and we will confess that very fact. He also created us to be neutral parties to stand as jurors between the conflict of God and angels. There is yet another reason God created us. You see, the angelic host that rebelled with Lucifer was also evicted from heaven along with Lucifer. These all had a residence in heaven. When they were evicted, these residences did not suddenly disappear. These residences were left vacant. As we read earlier, God does not create planets or homes to be vacant. These heavenly homes will be occupied once more. Jesus told the disciples “In my Father’s house are many mansions……I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1-2) He’s telling us from the start that heaven already has many mansions. He is not going up to construct them, He’s going up to prepare them because they are already there, vacant waiting for the new occupants. Who will be the new occupants? We, the redeemed human race, will be those who will fill the vacancies that the rebel angels left behind.

“Heaven will triumph, for the vacancies made by the fall of Satan and his host will be filled by the redeemed of the Lord.” Manuscript 21, February 16, 1900 “God’s Love Manifested.”

Why did God create us? We were made to be angels. At the end of it all, we will be like them, just like Jesus foretold in Matthew 22:30. We were made to be the crowning jewel of all His creation. We are here to be the replacement for those who fell during the Luciferian rebellion. Our victory was submission to our creator. This was the theatrical stage the universe was so intent on watching. Throughout ceaseless ages, we will tell our story of how God redeemed us from sure destruction. But because He saw the end from the beginning, His plan was exquisite and flawless. Nothing was overlooked. We are now angels in training. We will rise from the lowest depths to the highest heights imaginable. But because of the part we played in this universal chess match, we will be elevated even higher than the angels. Each of the redeemed will be a representative with a unique story to tell. Beings from all over the universe will crowd in to hear our side of the story. Not so much because we are any more special than they, but because they want to hear firsthand how the God they love and worship was able to redeem us from sure destruction. They want to hear the story of God from our perspective. They watched us from afar for 6000 years. We have been the topic of conversation day after day throughout this vast universe.

“For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings.” (1 Corinthians 4:9) NIV

The entire universal population hung in the balance as the verdict was presented by the human delegates. Had any flaw been revealed in the dealings of God, with angels, and with men, these representatives of the earth would be compelled to truthfully declare their findings. If any truth were found in any of Satan’s accusations, God’s government would collapse. This of course will never happen. God foresees all things. This process is not for God’s sake, but for the sake of all the beings in the entire created universe. When the universe finally sees Satan unmasked and understands that God’s actions were fully justified and that Satan’s rebellion was due to the sin that first took seed in him, this will be the proverbial final nail in the coffin for sin. Sin will never ever show up again.

Why did God create us? We were God’s means of saving the universe by way of His Only Begotten Son