Why are we here? What’s the purpose of life?
Updated: Mar 22
One of life's biggest questions is, "why are we here, and what's the purpose of this life?" Our minds often make us question everything we know, like why do we have to come into this world where there is so much suffering and only a glimpse of joy. A person is born then gets an education and works till the end of his life (in most cases). But the same question remains in many people’s lives, "what's the purpose of all this?"
Many philosophers, authors, poets have tried to answer this question but I believe they were nowhere near to the correct answer at all.
In Platonism, the meaning of life is in attaining the highest form of knowledge, which is the Idea of the Good, from which all good and just things derive utility and value.
• Purpose in Life
The Bible is very clear as to what our purpose in life should be. Men in both the Old and New Testaments sought for and discovered life’s purpose.
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, discovered the futility of life when it is lived only for this world.
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NIV)
Solomon says that life is all about honoring God with our thoughts and lives and thus keeps His commandments. Part of our purpose in life is to fear God and obey Him.
Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:9-10, says that he wants nothing more than to know Christ and be found in Him, to have His righteousness, and to live by faith in Him, even if it meant suffering and dying.
Our purpose in life is to glorify God and be in fellowship with Him, have a good relationship with others, work and have dominion over the earth. The man’s fall into sin, fellowship with God is broken, relationships were strained, work seems frustrating, and struggle with dominion over nature. Only by reconciliation with Jesus and faith in Him, can purpose in life be rediscovered.
The purpose of man is to glorify God and obey Him. We glorify God by obeying and fearing Him. And keeping our eyes on the future home in heaven.
Victor E. Frankl in his book Man’s Search for Meaning wrote, “Life asks you the meaning of life by questioning you; you don’t ask life. It’s not what you expect from life, but what life expects from you.” The core of Frankl’s philosophy is that a man’s deepest desire is to find meaning in his life, and if he can find that meaning, he can survive anything.
• Why are we here?
We confess a fondness for the King James Version translation of Revelation 4:11: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. The wonderful phrase and for thy pleasure they are and were created reminds us that we each exist to give glory and pleasure to God. Until we do that, we don’t fulfill our created purpose.
All things were created by him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)
Being created for God’s pleasure does not mean humanity was made to entertain God. It gives Him pleasure to create. And it gives Him pleasure to have other beings He can have a genuine relationship with.
As we were being made in the image and likeness of God, we human beings have the ability to know God, and therefore love Him. He did not create us because He needed us. As God, He needs nothing. He did not feel alone or was looking for a friend. He loves us, but this is not the same as needing us. If we had never existed, God would still be God—the immutable, Great I AM.
Recognizing the complete sovereignty and holiness of God, we are amazed that He would take the man and crown him with glory and honor and that He would condescend to call us friends.
Why did create us? God created us for His pleasure so that we, as His creation, would have the pleasure of knowing Him.