Why did God create the earth, including Lucifer and the tree in the garden?
Why did God create the earth and all that is in it? In short, He did it for His own glory. Let’s review a couple of passages which help demonstrate this:
- “For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him” (Colossians 1:16).
- “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:36).
All things occur because God purposes it in the counsel of His will from eternity. All things are held together by God and are for God. The whole earth is His. We are His. And everything that is created is purposefully created to point to God in His glory. “The Heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). In creation, God has made His invisible attributes available for us to see (Romans 1:20).
In addition, humans fulfil God’s purpose to glorify Himself. We are called to live lives to glorify Him (Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12). We share in God’s glory when we become Christ followers. The Holy Spirit transforms us into the image of Jesus through the continuous process of sanctification (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18). As we change from glory to glory, we point to God and witness to His majesty on earth. As some men in the past had written, “The chief end of mankind is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
Did God create us because He was lonely or wanted to be worshiped?
God created us out of His good pleasure. Though many would say that God created us for fellowship, for worship, or for other reasons, the Bible does not explicitly tell us why God created us beyond for His own glory. We do know that God was not lonely. We see multiple times in Scripture that God was perfectly delighting in Himself. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were in glory from eternity past and were delighting in each other’s presence. At Jesus’ baptism, we see a reference to the Father’s delight in His Son, with whom He is well pleased. When Jesus prays to the Father in John 17, He references the time He spent with the Father before the world began. Jesus was at the Father’s side, just as He is now.
Though God is jealous for His glory and tells us repeatedly to not worship any other god, He does not need our worship. God does not need anything from us. Yet, God is a loving and compassionate God. He seeks to dwell with us. In the Garden of Eden, God walked with us. In Exodus, God gave specific instructions for the construction of the temple so that He could dwell with His people. God’s pitched His tent with us by taking on human flesh (John 1:14, 17).
Why did God leave the tree in the Garden?
The Garden of Eden was the place where God had perfect fellowship with mankind. When that fellowship was broken due to sin, God could not allow sin to be in His holy presence. He established an angel to guard the entrance to Garden so that Adam and Eve could not enter and thus bring sin into the Garden. Furthermore, God established a covenant with Adam and Eve that they may eat of any tree of the Garden except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:17). If they eat from such a tree, they would surely die. The death that occurred at the moment of transgression was both physical and spiritual. Mankind would decay physically as a result, but also have a spiritual death (apart from God’s grace). The tree of life would not be accessible to mankind (Genesis 3:24). Only by trusting in Jesus Christ and His sufficient work on the cross would give us access to eternal life. In Revelation 21, we are told that the new creation has the tree of life in the centre of the city, and God and man are both present in the city. In that city, there will be no more tears and no more death. We have access to that tree of life, but it first requires us to trust in the one who died on a tree so that our sins would be forgiven.
Why did God create Lucifer?
God created Lucifer or Satan. If all things were formed out of nothing, then so was the angelic realm. The account of creation in Genesis 1 reveals that God created all things and made a moral declaration that what He made was good.
Folks speculate as to how Satan, the angelic being, became evil and so powerful. Some quote Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 as evidence that Satan sought his own glory over and above God’s glory before the fall of man. However, both passages should be understood in light of their surrounding context as prophecies against Babylon and Tyre. The truth is that there is no Biblical text that explains the process or reason why Satan went from good to evil, but we know that he did. We know that Satan fell like lightning from heaven (Luke 10:18), but what occurred beforehand, we can only speculate. Was there a cosmic battle? Perhaps. Some believe Revelation 12 supports a cosmic battle.
God has an eternal purpose for all things that happen. We may try to look into the mystery of His hidden will, but we come up short. Satan does not take God by surprise. The horrendous evil that he exhibits and causes on the earth is foreknown by an omniscient God. Yet, we see throughout Scripture that God turns the tables on evil and Satan. The biggest evidence of this is the death and resurrection of Christ. Through Christ’s atoning work on the cross and the faith that unites us to Him, we are set free from the deserved wrath of God and the dominion of the devil.
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