When you complete this lesson, you’ll understand God’s original purpose for humans and learn why we can be sure that God’s purpose will be accomplished.
1. God created the earth to be a permanent home for the human family
The earth is uniquely suited to support life. Let’s see how this fact helps to identify Jehovah God’s purpose in creating the earth.
To Think About
What appeals to you most about Jehovah’s preparation of the earth?
The earth’s position in space
The amazing variety of animals
The Paradise garden he made for the first humans, Adam and Eve
Jehovah placed the earth at just the right distance from the sun to make life possible. The moon helps to regulate earth’s climate and shines radiantly in the night sky. What a testimony to God’s love, wisdom, and power!
The variety of animals stimulates our curiosity and fills us with delight. Jehovah arranged for humans to take care of the earth and its animals. For example, Jehovah did not name the animals he had created. Instead, “he began bringing them to [Adam] to see what he would call each one; and whatever the man would call each living creature, that became its name.”—.
Summary of Section 1
Jehovah lovingly prepared the earth to be a beautiful and permanent home for the human family.
2. God wants us to live forever on earth
Jehovah did not intend for humans to live out brief lives on earth independent of him. Instead, he wants us to enjoy life on earth forever and to know him as our loving Father.
Pick the best answer. According to the Bible, how will Jehovah fulfill his promise that people will live forever in Paradise on earth?
God will give everlasting life to those who choose to obey him
God will destroy everyone and start over
God will force people to do what he wants
Now let’s review some key points to help you remember what you’ve learned.
Review 1 of 3
Which statement best describes why the earth exists?
The earth came into existence by chance; it’s up to humans to give it a purpose
It was created to be a beautiful home for humans
It was designed as a testing ground to see who would deserve to live in heaven
That’s right. The placement of the earth in the solar system, along with the abundant variety and beauty of living things on the earth, shows that God wants humans to live happily here.
Review 2 of 3
Which statement describes Jehovah’s original purpose for humans?
People would live on earth for a time and then die
People would live independently of God
People would live forever in happiness on a paradise earth
Adam and Eve did die, and people are still dying today. But that is not what Jehovah wants. The reason why we suffer and die is explained in the next lesson.
Correct. If we live our lives in harmony with God’s loving direction, we will have eternal life.
Review 3 of 3
Pick the correct statement about Jehovah God and his promises.
God will do everything he has promised
The world has changed too much for God to keep his promises
There’s no way of knowing whether God will keep his promises
People naturally find delight in living on the earth and try to live as long as they can. Which conclusion seems most reasonable?
God has no purpose for humans
God created people to live forever on earth
God designed humans to live for a time and then die
- God created the earth to be a permanent home for humans
- God created humans to live forever under his loving direction. He will accomplish that purpose
You’ve learned that Jehovah wanted good things for the human family. So what went wrong? Lesson 3.1, “Why Do Suffering and Evil Exist?,” will explain what happened.