Bible Question:

Why did God create man? Is it because He is lonely?

Bible Answer:

We are never told why God created man. Scripture is absolutely silent on the issue. We can guess and there are some passages that come close but we are never told exactly. There are two major opinions among theologians.

First Opinion

The first opinion is that He created us so that He could have fellowship.

. . . that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. (NASB) 1 John 1:3

The passage never says that we were created to have fellowship with God, but the result of being a Christian is love for God and eventually we will spend eternity with Him. Fellowship is the development or result of a relationship. Is that what God wanted? Does He love us? The answer is yes (John 3:16). But God is not lonely. Scripture never says that. The reason He wants time with us is that He loves us.

Second Opinion

The second reason given by theologians as to why God created us is to give Him glory. The following two verses are often quoted.

Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. (NASB) Is. 43:7

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (NASB) 1 Cor. 10:31

The first passage refers to the nation of Israel (see Is. 43:1). Isaiah 43:7 then says that God created the nation for His glory. God does not say anything about anyone else; however, God may have created us for His glory too!

1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us what our purpose on this earth should be, but it does not say that is why we were created. Our purpose on this earth is to give Him glory. At first, this may seem strange to us that we are supposed to give God glory. We can ascribe our sinful, self-centered motives on God, but we forget that we are sinners and He is holy. We think this way because we are sinful. We are not God. A holy being deserves our honor and glory. We would be wrong for us to not give honor to a divine holy being. We would reveal our self-centeredness by refusing to give Him glory. Listen to this tremendous passage.

Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is He who sits above the vault of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. He it is who reduces rulers to nothing, Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless. Scarcely have they been planted, Scarcely have they been sown, Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, But He merely blows on them, and they wither, And the storm carries them away like stubble. “To whom then will you liken Me That I should be His equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power Not one of them is missing. (NASB) Isaiah 40:21-26

We are mere grasshoppers compared to Him. It is arrogance for us to not give Him glory. Should the grasshopper consider himself to be greater than God and deny Him honor?


Yet, God says that we can be His friend. Abraham was his friend.

. . . the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God. (NASB) James 2:23

I want to be God’s friend. How can we be Jesus’ friend?

You are My friends, if you do what I command you. (NASB) John 15:14

This is the mark of a real relationship with God. It starts by believing, trusting, or depending on Jesus, our God, for the forgiveness of our sins (1 John 3:23). Our love relationship is evidenced by obedience (1 John 5:3). That is the beginning and future of a friendship with God.