Lesson 2.3

Why Did God Create Humans?

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.

Begin Lesson

In this lesson, we’ll consider two Bible teachings that help us understand why Jehovah God created humans:

  1. God created the earth to be a permanent home for the human family
  2. God wants us to live forever on earth

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.

This video clip shows why God created the earth.—Psalm 115:16; Isaiah 45:18.

Let’s examine in detail what the Bible says about who created the earth and why. Click the highlighted words for an explanation. [?]

Isaiah 45:18

“The Creator of the heavens, the true God, the One who formed the earth . . . did not create it simply for nothing, but formed it to be inhabited.”

The earth exists because Jehovah God formed, or created, it.

God had a purpose in creating the earth. He did not create it with the idea that he would later destroy it.Ecclesiastes 1:4.

Jehovah created the earth to be a home for humans, and it is perfectly suited to that purpose.

To Think About

What appeals to you most about Jehovah’s preparation of the earth?

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.

God made the earth, not just for Adam and Eve, but for all their children as well. They were to work together as a family to expand the Paradise until it covered the entire globe. (Genesis 1:27, 28) They would carry out this work under the loving direction of their Father in heaven, Jehovah. Slide the circle to change the picture. [?]

Let’s look more closely at how the Bible explains God’s purpose for humans. [?]

Genesis 1:27, 28

“God went on to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. Further, God blessed them, and God said to them: ‘Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it.’”

Jehovah made humans different from the animals. We can display love, exercise free will, and even be friends with our Father in heaven. (Psalm 25:14) This indicates that God did not intend for humans to live merely a short time independent of him.

The first man and woman, Adam and Eve, were to fill the earth with their children. The earth was designed to be humankind’s permanent home.Psalm 115:16.

Adam and Eve had fascinating work to do. They were to expand the Paradise over the entire earth. They would also have dominion over the animals.

Sadly, Adam and Eve chose to live independently of God, and the results have been tragic. (Proverbs 21:30; Jeremiah 8:9) Click the picture to see the comparison. [?]

You might ask: ‘Has Jehovah given up on his original purpose for humans to live forever on earth?’ Watch this video clip for the answer.

Pick the best answer. According to the Bible, how will Jehovah fulfill his promise that people will live forever in Paradise on earth?

That’s right. As their loving Father, God wants humans to live. (Jeremiah 29:11) Jehovah has always kept his promises, so we know that his purpose for mankind “will have sure success.” (Isaiah 55:11) This includes his purpose to have good people live forever on earth.—Psalm 37:29.

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.

Summary of Section 2

Jehovah created humans to enjoy life on earth forever and to know him as their loving Father. He will accomplish his purpose.Isaiah 55:11.

Review

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?

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?

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.

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.

Dig Deeper

People naturally find delight in living on the earth and try to live as long as they can. Which conclusion seems most reasonable?

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.

Wouldn’t you agree that most people want to live, not die? God created us with the desire to live. (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Why would a loving Creator give us that desire if he had no intention of fulfilling it?1 John 4:8.

Lesson Summary

  1. God created the earth to be a permanent home for humans
  2. God created humans to live forever under his loving direction. He will accomplish that purpose

What’s next?

Go to the Next Lesson

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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