Anyone who regularly reads this blog knows that I ask a lot of questions about the nature of God and religion. As a skeptic, I have a lot of doubts about the existence of God and the human perception of God. Most of the discussion or debate I have on this blog centers around creationism and its relationship to science. But it occurred to me today that when we speak of creationism and evolution, we’re really skirting around a bigger philosophical question. Creationism and evolution are questions addressing how everything came to exist, which is an important question to ask. But there’s an even bigger question hanging over that logistical one: why was everything created?
I’d never really considered this before, because as an atheist and a scientist I believe that there is no why. If there is no God, and the universe is a system of logical and quantifiable laws, then why becomes a non-issue. But, if there is a creator, then surely we were created for a reason. This idea gets lost in the debate, and it’s something I would like to pose here in all earnestness. I am genuinely interested in hearing from religious people their thoughts on why God created man, the earth, and the universe. We can talk about how the earth and life were created until we’re blue in the face (and we often do), but if you’re going to argue that there is a supreme being who created the universe and everything in it, I would like a motivation to go along with that.
So I ask you, people of the internet, what are your answers? Why did God create the universe? Why did God create man? And, without being facetious, it would be wonderful if answers did not include lines such as, “He works in mysterious ways,” or “It’s impossible to comprehend God.”