What is humanity’s purpose here on earth?

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By BibleAsk Team


The purpose of man’s life is fellowship with the Creator (Jeremiah 31:3). Parents bring children to life for this same reason. God is our Heavenly Father and He yearns to have children to love (2 Thessalonians 2:16). Therefore, life is a chance given to humans to develop that love-relationship with their heavenly Father. But God Doesn’t force His love on us. He gives us the right to choose.

When God created humanity He created beings in His very own image (Genesis 1:26, 27). He had the highest intentions to give us the very best, which is why He gave us freedom. However, no one is quite free with the absence of choice. An example of that freedom was for the early humans to choose to live a life in paradise and eating of the fruit of its abundance, however avoiding the one tree of knowledge of good and evil.

We are given that same exact choice today, now having the knowledge of good and evil.

Good or Evil?

The outcome of each path:

  • Good = Love, Peace, Joy, Empathy, etc.
  • Evil = Hate, Pain, Sadness, Pride, etc.

The end of each path:

The devil made his choice long ago, and his end is final, which is why he wants to drag all of humanity with him. He was able to do this when he deceived Adam and Eve, but God in His inifinite love for us sent His son Jesus Christ to die for us and redeem us for Himself, thus restoring our choice to eternal life.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 3:16

War:

The reality is we live in a state of war. Whether we like it or not, the devil is at war and we’re at the final days of this great battle (Revelation 12:17). While our purpose is to freely choose how to live the life God has given us, the reality is if we choose good we have a responsibility in this state of war. If the earth is headed towards destruction, and God has offered a way out, in Love we can show others the path to eternal life.

Responsibility:

Now that we have discussed the purpose of humans, let us now discuss our responsibility.

1-To have a relationship with God

After Christ died for us, He gave us one additional gift, which was the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy spirit guides, teaches and fosters our relationship with God. Throughout the Bible we read about how God forms a relationship with humanity. We see this first illustrated in the creation story in Genesis, where Adam and Eve walked and talked with God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:8). The New Testament reiterates this purpose, with Jesus’ teachings and His sacrificial death emphasizing reconciliation with God (John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

Just as we are to honor our father and mother, we are to also glorify God in all that we do. The Bible emphasizes that the ultimate purpose of humanity is to glorify God. Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Additionally, 1 Corinthians 10:31 states, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

2-To serve others

The Bible calls for ethical living and love towards others. Micah 6:8 sums this up: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Jesus sums up our relationship to God and man this way, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets'” (Matthew 22:37-40).

Love to God makes keeping the first four of the Ten Commandments (which concern God – Exodus 20:2-11) a pleasure, and love toward our neighbor makes keeping the last six (which concern our neighbor – Exodus 20:12-17) a joy. Love fulfills the law by taking away the burden of stiff obedience and by making law-keeping a delight (Psalm 40:8).

As stated earlier, since the world is at war, our responsibility is to save as many people as we can. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 instructs: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Knowing the way to eternal life, we to must share it with those in our lives.

Conclusion

When God created humanity in His image (Genesis 1:26), He intended to give us the best, granting us the freedom to choose. This is the purpose. From the beginning we were given the choice of good and evil. Today, we still face the same choice now having the knowledge of good and evil. The outcome and end is clear in each choice:

  • Good = Love, Peace, Joy, Empathy … leading to Eternal Life
  • Evil = Hate, Pain, Sadness, Pride … leading to Destruction

The devil chose evil and wants to drag humanity with him. He deceived Adam and Eve, but in God’s love for us He sent His Son to redeem us and restore our choice of eternal life (John 3:16).

We are in a spiritual war, with the devil waging his final battle (Revelation 12:17). Choosing good means we have the responsibility to have a relationship with God and to show others the path to eternal life.

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