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The purpose of creation




The purpose of creation is a topic that puzzles every human being at some

point in his or her lifetime. Everybody at some time or another asks

themselves the question "Why do I exist?" or "For what purpose am I here

on earth?"


The variety and complexity of the intricate systems which constitute the

fabric of both human beings and the world in which they exist indicate that

there must have been a Supreme Being who created them. Design indicates

a designer. When human beings come across footprints on a beach, they

immediately conclude that a human being had walked by there some time

previously. No one imagines that the waves from the sea settled in the sand

and by chance produced a depression looking exactly like human footprints.

Nor do humans instinctively conclude that they were brought into existence

without a purpose. Since purposeful action is a natural product of human

intelligence, humans conclude that the Supreme Intelligent Being who

created them must have done so for a specific purpose. Therefore, human

beings  need to know the purpose for their existence in order to make sense of

this life and to do what is ultimately beneficial for them.


Throughout the ages, however, there has been a minority among humans

who have denied the existence of God. Matter, in their opinion, is eternal

and mankind is merely a chance product of accidental combinations of its

elements. Consequently, to them, the question "Why did God create man?"

had and still has no answer. According to them, there simply is no purpose

to existence. However, the vast majority of humankind over the ages have

believed and continue to believe in the existence of a Supreme Being who

created this world with a purpose. For them it was, and still is, important to

know about the Creator and the purpose for which He created human



The Answer


To answer the question "Why did God create man?" it must first be

determined from which perspective the question is being asked. From the

point of view of God it would mean, "What caused God to create human

beings?" while from the human point of view it would mean "For what

purpose did God create humans?" Both points of view represent aspects of

the intriguing question "Why do I exist?" In the following pages, both

aspects of the question will be explored based on the clear picture painted

by divine revelation. This is not a topic for human speculation, because

human guesswork cannot possibly produce the whole truth in this matter.

How can human beings intellectually deduce the reality of their existence

when they can hardly understand how their own brain or its higher entity, the

mind, functions? Consequently, the many philosophers who have speculated

on this question down through the ages have come up with innumerable

answers, all of which are based on assumptions which cannot be proven.

Questions on this topic have even led a number of philosophers to claim that

we do not really exist and that the whole world is imaginary. For example,

the Greek philosopher Plato (428-348 BC) argued that the everyday world

of changeable things, which man comes to know by the use of his senses, is

not the primary reality, but is a shadow world of appearances.1 Many

others, as was previously mentioned, claimed and continue to claim that

there is no purpose for the creation of humans at all. According to them,

human existence is merely a product of chance. There can be no purpose if

life evolved from inanimate matter which only became animate by pure luck.

Humankind’s supposed ‘cousins,’ the monkey and apes are not bothered

with questions of existence, so why should human beings be bothered with



Although most people put the question of why we are created aside after

occasional brief reflection, it is extremely critical for human beings to know

the answer. Without knowledge of the correct answer, human beings

become indistinguishable from the other animals around them. The animal

necessities and desires of eating, drinking and procreating become the

purpose of human existence by default, and human effort is then focused in

this limited sphere. When material satisfaction develops into the most

important goal in life, human existence becomes even more degraded than

that of the lowest of animals. Human beings will consistently misuse their

God-given intelligence when they lack knowledge of their purpose of

existence. The degraded human mind uses its abilities to create drugs and

bombs and becomes engrossed in fornication, pornography, homosexuality,

fortunetelling, suicide, etc. Without knowledge of the purpose of life, human

existence loses all meaning and is consequently wasted, and the reward of an

eternal life of happiness in the hereafter is completely destroyed. Therefore,

it is of the utmost importance that human beings correctly answer the

question “Why are we here?”


Humans most often turn to other human beings like themselves for the

answers. However, the only place that clear and precise answers to these

questions can be found is in the books of divine revelation. It was necessary

that God reveal the purpose to man through His prophets, because human

beings are incapable of arriving at the correct answers by themselves. All of

the prophets of God taught their followers the answers to the question “Why

did God create man?”


Judeo-Christian Scriptures


A survey of the Bible leaves the honest seeker of truth lost. The Old

Testament seems more concerned with laws and the history of early man

and the Jewish people than with answering the vital question concerning

humanity’s creation.2 In Genesis, God creates the world and Adam and Eve

in six days and ‘rests’ from His work on the seventh.3 Adam and Eve

disobey God and are punished and their son Cain kills their other son Abel

and goes to live in the land of Nod. And God was ‘sorry’ that he had made

man!4 Why are the answers not there in clear and unmistakable terms? Why

is so much of the language symbolic, leaving the reader to guess at its

meanings? For example, in Genesis 6:6 it is stated, “When men began to

multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the

sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair; and they took to wife

such of them as they chose.” Who are these ‘sons of God’? Each Jewish

sect and each of the many Christian sects who followed them have their own

explanations. Which is the correct interpretation? The truth is that the

purpose of man’s creation was taught by the prophets of old, however,

some of their followers - in collusion with the devils - later changed the

scriptures. The answers became vague and much of the revelation was

hidden in symbolic language. When God sent Jesus Christ to the Jews, he

overturned the tables of those merchants who had set up businesses inside

the temple,5 and he preached against the ritualistic interpretation of the law

practiced by the Jewish rabbis. He reaffirmed the law of Prophet Moses and

revived it. He taught the purpose of life to his disciples and demonstrated

how to fulfill it until his last moments in this world. However, after his

departure from this world, his message was also distorted by some who

claimed to be among his followers. The clear truth which he brought became

vague, like the messages of the prophets before him. Symbolism was

introduced, especially through the "Revelations" of John, and the Gospel

which was revealed to Jesus was lost. Four other gospels composed by men

were chosen by Athanasius, a fourth century bishop,6 to replace the lost

Gospel of Jesus Christ. And the 23 books of writings of Paul and others

included in the New Testament outnumbered even the four versions of the

gospel.7 As a result, New Testament readers cannot find precise answers to

the question "Why did God create man?"8 And one is forced to blindly

follow the contrived dogmas of whatever sect they happen to belong to or

adopt. The gospels are interpreted according to each sect’s beliefs, and the

seeker of truth is again left wondering, which one is correct?


The Incarnation of God


Perhaps the only common concept to most Christian sects regarding the

purpose of mankind’s creation is that God became man so that He could die

at the hands of men to cleanse them of sin inherited from Adam and his

descendants. According to them, this sin had become so great that no human

act of atonement or repentance could erase it. God is so good that sinful

man cannot stand before Him. Consequently, only God’s sacrifice of Himself

could save humankind from sin.


Belief in this man-made myth became the only source for salvation,

according to the Church. Consequently, the Christian purpose of creation

became the recognition of the ‘divine sacrifice’ and the acceptance of Jesus

Christ as the Lord God. This may be deduced from the following words

attributed to Jesus in the Gospel according to John, “For God so loved the

world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should

not perish but have eternal life.”9 However, if this is the purpose of

creation and the prerequisite for everlasting life, why was it not taught by all

the prophets? Why did God not become man in the time of Adam and his

offspring so that all mankind would have an equal chance to fulfill their

purpose for existence and attain everlasting life. Or did those before Jesus’

time have another purpose for existence? All people today whom God has

destined never to hear of Jesus also have no chance to fulfill their supposed

purpose of creation. Such a purpose, is obviously too limited to fit the need

of humankind.


Everything is God


The Hindu scriptures teach that there are many gods, incarnations of

gods, persons of God and that everything is God, Brahman. In spite of the

belief that the self (atman) of all living beings is actually Brahman, an

oppressive caste system evolved in which the Brahmans, the priestly caste,

possess spiritual supremacy by birth. They are the teachers of the Vedas10

and represent the ideal of ritual purity and social prestige. On the other hand,

the Sudra caste are excluded from religious status and their sole duty in life is

“to serve meekly”11 the other three castes and their thousands of subcastes.


According to Hindu monist philosophers, humankind’s purpose is the

realization of their divinity and -following a path (marga) to emancipation

(moksha) from the wheel of rebirth - the reabsorbtion of the human soul

(atman) into the ultimate reality, Brahman. For those following the bhakti

path,12 the purpose is to love God because God created humankind to

“enjoy a relationship - as a father enjoys his children” (Srimad

Bhagwatam). For the ordinary Hindu, the main aim of worldly life lies in

conforming to social and ritual duties, to the traditional rules of conduct for

one’s caste - the karma path.13


Although most of the religion of the Vedic texts, which revolves around

rituals of fire sacrifice, has been eclipsed by Hindu doctrines and practices

found in other texts, the absolute authority and sacredness of the Veda

remains a central tenet of virtually all Hindu sects and traditions. The Veda is

composed of four collections, the oldest of which is the Rigveda (“Wisdom

of the Verses”). In these texts, God is described in the most confusing terms.

The religion reflected in the Rigveda is a polytheism mainly concerned with

appeasing deities associated with the sky and the atmosphere, the most

important of which were Indra (god of the heavens and rain), Baruna

(guardian of the cosmic order), Agni (the sacrificial fire), and Surya (the

Sun). In later Vedic texts, interest in the early Rigvedic gods declines, and

polytheism begins to be replaced by a sacrificial pantheism to Prajapati

(“Lord of Creatures”), who is the All. In the Upanishads (secret teachings

concerning cosmic equations), Prajapati merges with the concept of

Brahman, the supreme reality and substance of the universe, replacing any

specific personification, thus transforming the mythology into abstract

philosophy.14 If the contents of these scriptures were all that human beings

had to choose from for guidance, one would have to conclude that God hid

both Himself and the purpose of creation from humankind.


God is not the author of confusion, nor does He wish difficulty for

mankind. Consequently, when He revealed His final communication to

humankind one thousand four hundred years ago, He ensured that it was

perfectly preserved for all of the generations of human beings to come. In

that final scripture, the Qur’an (Koran), God revealed His purpose for

creating mankind and, through His last prophet, He clarified all of the details

which man could comprehend. It is on the basis of this revelation and the

prophetic explanations that we will analyze the precise answers to the

question "Why did God create man?" in the coming pages.



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