We want to present to you what the Bible says about God’s purpose in creating the Earth. Ah, yes, we do believe that the Bible shows very clearly that God created the Earth and we have recently published two articles demonstrating the Bible is a book of truth. So, we are not going to do it again here. But we will give you links to those articles at the end of this account so that you can, if you wish, read those as well. Our object in this article is to show you why God says He has created the Earth and everything on it.
He directed the prophet Isaiah to present Him to Israel like this.
11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. 12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. Isaiah 45
And this revelation to Israel is equally relevant to all humanity as is shown throughout scripture. Here, for example, is a description of God by the Apostle Paul.
15 …, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. 1 Timothy 6
I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that the Creator is all wise and powerful since the whole universe is His work. Furthermore, it is wholly logical that the Creator would have some object in mind in doing so great a work which, He declares through the prophet Habakkuk this time,
14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Habakkuk 2
So He created the planet Earth to be full of glory and beauty for His satisfaction, but He wanted more than this. God wanted it to be “filled with the knowledge of” His glorious work. That clearly means He wanted people to exist that would see and appreciate His work. What sort of creatures did the Creator design? He tells us from the start that He had decided they should be like him in many respects calling them ‘man’ as he confirmed in his word.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27
So what was it that God wanted men and women to do in response to the knowledge of His work and purpose?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. … …
It did not stop there for the next verse goes on …
,,, ,,, 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. Mark 12
God wanted the Earth to be filled with men and women that love Him and one another. Aah, you say, then He has miserably failed. But wait a minute. Think about this. What must go with love for it to exist? It requires free will. For love is a person’s response, they need to be able to choose and therefore they must be to free not to love. Free to reject others, to hate one another, to be unkind, to be selfish, and much more as well as to exhibit the good attributes that are love. The contrast between love and the uninhibited freewill of man in action, called in the scriptures “the works of the flesh” are clearly to be seen in the world today and plainly described in the scriptures. For example,
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5
The “works of the flesh” can be very ugly in the extreme as can be seen today in the many trouble spots around the world, and, if we are honest, are in evidence in some measure, in all of us. But when men and women listen to the “Spirit” through the words of God, the teaching of the Lord Jesus, and the example of faith men and women in the Bible, we see a total contrast.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5
Thus we see that men and women at large have a choice. They can live a life focused on their own will, guided by their own judgement, or they can look around at the amazing natural world from the tiniest creature to the vast universe and be moved by the wonder of it all as was the Apostle Paul to live as God wanted us to live according to His wishes.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Romans 1
The Great, all-powerful, wise God is invisible, as is His power. But His work of creation, when seen by an unbiased mind, is the evidence that He is there and His amazing mind and wisdom designed and created everything; setting the unchanging myriad of rules that enable the Earth to support the multitude of life forms, amazingly dependent upon one another, so that men and women can live there and fulfil His purpose.
We rejoice that God cares for those who recognise there is a God having learnt from the Bible His desire and purpose, and strive to please Him and has instructed the Angels to support them.
6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34
However, there is a big BUT. God, of course, knew the battle those who strive to please Him have to fight against their nature of flesh would be a huge struggle.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17
We can see from the scriptures that God clearly understood the kind of creature He was creating in man. He knew also that He had the power and wisdom to finally free the Earth of wickedness and evil and fill it with His glory, at the same time raising those men and women who love Him and the works of His hands to glorious eternal life.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. Psalm 37
This is a big subject that we have started upon, but our article has reached its limit, therefore, we have brought our article to an encouraging conclusion. The faithful followers of Jesus can look forward to the day that Jesus promises …
4 … God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21
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We are eager to tell you more about the hope that Jesus promises his followers and there are many articles on our website that do that. So, please feel free to have a look at them now, or during a future visit. Especially, if you want to see some of the evidence for The Truth Of The Bible. As mentioned at the outset, we have two articles in this series which do that. Just click one of the boxes below to go to one of them.