Why did God make the world and us? Was he lonely? Was he bored?

These are brilliant questions.  Really important too!  If we don't know WHY we're made, how can we know HOW to live our lives to the full?

Let me start by asking another question: Why would a happily married couple choose to have kids?  Having kids isn't easy you know!  

First there's pregnancy, or the adoption process, - both of which are pretty complicated, risky and painful in various ways!  Then after that there's usually lots of stinky nappies to change, sleepless nights, lots of crying, lots of sick, wee and poo to sort out.  

Later on it still has challenges.  Tantrums, strops, more mess, more noise, more stress, arguments, bills to pay, things to buy, risks to worry about, challenging behaviour to deal with.  And what age am I talking about now???  From what I've heard, there's no end to it even when they're adults!

So why on earth would a sensible and happy couple, deeply in love, ruin all that bliss by having kids?  People do it all the time too.  What are they thinking?

Well, if they have any sense (and not all adults do), and if they've thought it through carefully (again, not all adults do that either), they probably decide that having children to share their love with is somehow WORTH all the pain, all the risks, all the stress, all the mess, all the poo, all the wee, all the bad behaviour and all the cost to sort it out.  It's WORTH IT.  Why?  Because happy couples usually have SO MUCH LOVE that they want to SHARE THEIR LOVE with even more people by having a family.

So it's not because people get lonely or bored.  Or at least it shouldn't be.  The best reason is LOVE.

And I think that's why God created us.  Let's take a look at what the Bible says in the creation story...

Genesis 1:26-28...

Then God said, ‘Let US make mankind in our image, in OUR likeness, SO THAT THEY MAY RULE over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’

27 SO God created mankind IN HIS OWN IMAGE,
    in the IMAGE OF GOD he created them;
    MALE AND FEMALE he created them.

28 God BLESSED THEM and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’

God wasn't lonely.  Did you notice he says "Let US make..."?  He's not alone.  This is because the Bible says God IS LOVE (1 John 4:16).  Saying God is LOVE is another way of describing the TRINITY: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit.  God is like a perfectly happy united relationship with so much love that he can't keep it to himself.  So he chooses to create!  And he chooses to create PEOPLE like you and me to love and for us to love him back.  He wants to share everything with us and for us to do life WITH HIM and never without him.  That's what the Bible is all about.  Life WITH GOD.  That's his plan!

So you and I have been created by God because he LOVES US and wants us to KNOW HIM and LOVE HIM and ENJOY LIFE WITH HIM both now and forever in a world without sickness, suffering or death.  That's why Jesus came to die for us.  God has never given up on his big plan for the people has has made.  And he hasn't given up on his plan for you either!

So not lonely or bored but because he loves us and wanted us to love him back, be just like him and to rule with him over everything else he created.  

What do you think about that?  I think it's amazing!  God didn't NEED to create us but he WANTED to.  We on the other hand NEED God.  He's our Creator.  We can't really live without him.

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