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.
Let’s examine in detail what the Bible says about who created the earth and why. Click the highlighted words for an explanation. [?]
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.”—Genesis 2:19.
Mankind’s original home was delightful. The Bible says: “Jehovah God made to grow out of the ground every tree that was pleasing to look at and good for food.” (Genesis 2:9) Adam and Eve had everything they needed and more.
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.
Let’s look more closely at how the Bible explains God’s purpose for humans. [?]
God wants humans to live forever, not to grow old and die. Match the statement about everlasting life to the Bible verse that best confirms it. Click an item from each group to match them. [?]
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
God promised to bless Adam and his offspring. (Genesis 1:28) Adam rebelled against God and lost his blessing. However, God will keep his promise to Adam’s offspring, and we can benefit from it.
It’s true that Jehovah has the power to enforce obedience. However, he created humans with free will. He wants humans to follow his instructions out of love for him, not because they’re forced to do so.—Deuteronomy 30:19, 20.
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
Many believe that the earth came about by blind chance. But the intelligence behind its beauty and design leads many others to agree with the statement: “Every house is constructed by someone, but the one who constructed all things is God.”—Hebrews 3:4.
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.
This belief is common, especially among those trying to understand why suffering and evil exist. Yet, the Bible shows that God created the earth “to be inhabited,” that is, to be a permanent home for the human family.—Isaiah 45:18.
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.
It’s true that God has given us free will and the ability to choose our own path in life. Yet, history proves that humans cannot succeed if they reject his direction.—Jeremiah 10:23.
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
That’s right. Jehovah has always proved to be completely trustworthy.—Psalm 33:4.
It’s true that people often cannot reach their goals because of circumstances beyond their control. But in contrast to humans, Jehovah has the wisdom and the power to achieve everything he has set out to do.—Luke 1:37.
It might be difficult to trust in Jehovah, especially if you’ve often been let down by others. However, the Bible assures us that Jehovah “will not prove false or change his mind.”—1 Samuel 15:29.
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 “did not create [the earth] simply for nothing, but formed it to be inhabited.”—Isaiah 45:18.
Very good. God created us with the desire to live forever on earth, and he promises to “satisfy the desire of every living thing.” (Psalm 145:16) Knowing God’s purpose can help you to gain a greater sense of purpose in your own life.
- 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
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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.
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