I went to a BBQ for lunch after church one day, and as I was there alone, I sat back and listened to the conversations around me. A young girl, in her early teens, implored of her Christian father, “Dad, I don’t understand why God made us if He knew that Adam and Eve would sin, and we’d all end up in such a mess. Why did God do that?”
I smiled, waiting to see how the father would explain this tough question to his daughter. Without skipping a beat he said to her, “Darling, God made us because He was lonely and He needed us.” I was shocked by his dreadful answer and before I could catch myself I said to him, “God does not need us. That is simply not true.” Needless to say, things didn’t end well. The father in this situation was the host of the BBQ and a well-respected man in the church, and I was a woman alone who dared challenge him. He did not react graciously and barely spoke another word to me from that time on. I had injured his pride and he stuck to his belief that God created us out of a need for companionship. I find it hard to comprehend that people can claim to know God, to be mature Christians, yet not understand His nature and attributes.
One of my all-time favourite novels is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It is a story that hit me on such a deep emotional level that I felt broken by it for months afterwards. The main character is a brilliant man called Victor Frankenstein, who longs to know the secret of life. Thinking he has discovered it, he builds a creature fashioned from old body parts, and when it is finished and he realizes what he has created, he flees in horror, hating his creation. The story from that time on is one of cat and mouse; the eloquent yet monstrous looking creature seeking revenge on his creator for not only creating him, but then rejecting and despising him, and the creator fleeing with horror from what he has fashioned. It is a heart wrenching book that hits deeply. Our God is not a Victor Frankenstein. We were not created as an experiment, nor as companions by some poor lonely soul.
Let’s assume for just one moment that God decided that He was lonely and He wanted a companion. Now let’s be rational about this. What is a companion? A companion is one who serves as a friend or a partner; a peer. Dictionary.com defines a peer as one who has the same legal status, and as a person EQUAL to another in abilities, qualifications, age, background and social status. In order for God to create a peer, they would have to be of equal power to Him, and then in doing so, He would no longer be the one true God. Deuteronomy 4:35 tells us ‘To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lord is God; there is no other besides him’, and again in Deuteronomy 6:4, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” Deuteronomy 32:39a, has God Himself telling us, “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me”. God has never created anything, or anyone, equal to Himself in power, intelligence, might, holiness and perfection. He made all created beings lower than Himself. To assume that God made man as a companion is to elevate man’s status to one which is not only undeserving, but also deeply unbiblical. Maybe people have confused God’s love for His creation as need, but that is wrong. God has need of nothing; He is totally complete within Himself and of Himself.
So why did God make us? The answer is simple, yet difficult for us to comprehend. When we look at the mess this world is in, and make the judgment that it is chaotic and out of control, it is hard to reconcile that a loving God would create us at all. But when we acknowledge that we serve a sovereign God, all things make sense. God created us because creating gives Him pleasure, and also, because He is a personal God He wanted us as His creation to experience the pleasure of knowing Him. RC Sproul argues that we are “His creatures who have been made in His image with the responsibility of mirroring and reflecting his glory and His righteousness to the whole world” (Now That’s A Good Question, p. 4). We were created by God for His pleasure and for our pleasure also. He created us with the ability to know Him and have a personal relationship with Him. So whilst God does not need us, He does get pleasure from having created us, and for receiving our praise, adoration and obedience. Revelation 4:11 tells us that we are to worship Him, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Our response to all of God’s creation should be one of worship and praise to the Creator.
The thing is, it is such a privilege to have been created by God for His good pleasure. While life is at times revolting and appears to be random, it is not. God is sovereign over all things, and we can relax in His care and do what we were created to do; give Him pleasure and to derive pleasure from a relationship with Him. While we may not be peers of the Almighty God, those of us who know the Son, are called friends of God. That is the one of the most magnificent truths we will ever know, and it should spur us on to know the Almighty God in deeper and deeper ways.