Q & A with Dr. Craig: Was Jesus Wrong?
Conversation with William Lane Craig
Kevin Harris: Let’s turn now to some questions that we get a ReasonableFaith.org, Dr. Craig. We take time doing these podcasts to answer some questions that we get.
Dear Dr. Craig, my question basically is in regard to the mind of God and his creation. That is, why did God create us? What is the meaning and purpose of life? Why am I here? What does God want me to do with my life? In other words, why did God create me?
This gentleman who is asking this is 17 years old. He is a Christian. He is seeking God. He says your work has really helped him in his relationship with God. But here is a 17 year old young man who is asking about some age old questions on the meaning and purpose of life and why God created us.
Dr. Craig: These are the most fundamental questions that a person can ask. I remember as a 16 year old before I came to know Christ in a personal way, I was deeply troubled by the question of the meaning of my existence and why I was here. I think that the answer to that question from a Christian point of view is beautifully expressed in the Westminster Catechism when it asks, “What is the chief end of man?” And the answer is: to glorify God and enjoy him forever. The purpose of our existence is to know God. In being in a personal relationship to God, the ultimate source of infinite goodness and love, we find the fulfillment of human existence. It is what we were made for. Only an infinite good could satisfy our deepest longings for infinity, forever. Any finite good, no matter how wonderful, after enough time would become boring and cloying and even annoying. Only an infinite good could satisfy our deepest longings forever. That is what God is. So God has created us to know him and to be in relationship to him, to enjoy him forever.
Now what is interesting about that is that it means that God didn’t create us out of any need in himself. It wasn’t as though God was lonely without creation and needed company and so created us. God, in the tri-unity of his own being, is in eternal fellowship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit – an eternal fellowship of love and knowledge and will. The wonder of creation is that God would make finite persons in his image and invite them into this intra-trinitarian relationship. Not for his benefit, but rather for the benefit of those finite persons themselves. So God created us for our good, that we could have the wonderful good of knowing him, the infinite source of goodness and love; not out of any need or want on his own part…
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