How and Why God Created Us

Heidelberg Catechism: Question 6: Did God create people so wicked and perverse?

Answer: No. God created them good and in His own image, that is, in true righteousness and holiness, so that they might truly know God their creator, love Him with all their heart, and live with Him in eternal happiness for His praise and glory.


Observations: According to the Catechism we ‘have a natural tendency to hate God and our neighbour. (Q&A 5)’ But that was not how God originally created humanity. Originally ‘God created us good.’ We tend to think of ourselves as pretty ‘good’ now, but the truth is, as Jesus said, ‘No one is good, except God alone. (Mk 10:18)’ However, God originally created us ‘in His own image.’ The catechism then explains what it means to be created in God’s image, ‘that is, in true righteousness and holiness.’ Like God is righteous so we were created righteous. Like God is holy so we were created holy. Then the catechism gives four reasons why God created us. Firstly, God created us so that we might ‘truly know God our creator.’ God wants us to know Him, that’s why he created us, so that we might know Him. Secondly, God created us so that we might ‘love Him with all our heart.’ God desires to have a personal and intimate relationship with us. That is why God created us with free will, so that we can choose to love him. Thirdly, God created us so that we might ‘live with Him in eternal happiness.’ God desires to spend all eternity in relationship with us. In fact, this relationship brings us happiness, not the fleeting circumstantial happiness, but the deep fulfilment that comes from living out our true purpose in life. Finally, God created us ‘for His praise and glory.’ The purpose of knowing God, and loving God and living with God is so that we might bring Him glory. Our purpose is to proclaim God’s goodness and grace, to recognize his majesty and power.


Application: If this is how God created us and why God created us the big question is this how and why we are living? Are we righteous and holy? Of course the answer is no (see Q&A 7-8), but in Jesus God declares us righteous and holy, and through the Holy Spirit we are becoming righteous and holy. And is the purpose of your life to know God, to love God, and to live with God for his praise and glory? My prayer is that increasingly that will be the case.


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You created me to be good, to be righteous and holy, just as you are good, righteous and holy. But Lord, I choose to do what is not good, I chose myself instead of You, I am unrighteous and unholy. And yet You sent Your Son, Jesus, to die in my place, and through faith in Him You declare me righteous and holy. And You sent Your Holy Spirit who lives in me and who is making me more like Jesus. And now I desire to know You, and I am growing in my love for You, and my hope is that I will live with You forever. Lord, may my life be for Your praise and glory, now and forever more. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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