Question: Why did God create human-beings, but specifically, what’s in it for me as a person? I have visited many Christian websites, but their explanations don’t seem logical to me. They say that it was for his own glory, or that it was for us know God, and the like. These are applicable only after we are born. My main complaint is that human-beings are not given an option at all whether or not to be born into this world. Given an option I would prefer not being born at all rather than first being born....then have two find my way through with my life. If we had not born at all, then there would be no miseries, no temptations, no sins...no need to attain salvation. Can you clarify some of these issues for me? Why shouldn't I think that not being born would have been better than being born at all?
Answer: I appreciate that you looked around a bit before submitting your question. Christian sites do indeed cover many relevant topics, but your particular investigation probes behind the scriptural revelation, and as such, a biblical site’s existing documents might not satisfy. The fact that you have difficulty in finding a specific answer may in itself be an indication that you have cast a question in a way that there is no satisfactory answer. Nevertheless, I will respond.
The first problem is that you have rejected the biblical reason behind creation, yet you are consulting a Bible-based ministry that upholds such beliefs. So let me state this plainly. God did indeed create us for his own glory, but this reason cannot (as you assert) be applicable only after we are born, because “reason” or “causation” must come before any action. Therefore, the fact that humans exist proves that there was indeed a preexistent reason and cause. In this, your complaint simply makes no sense. I suspect this is why you have not found satisfactory answers at biblical websites. We tend not to address obscure philosophical constructs, preferring to build from God’s scriptural revelation.
I do agree, however, that we were given no choice in the matter of our births, but if you are complaining about that, this is also illogical. Think about this for a minute. How could a non-entity decide whether or not to become an entity? This is what you are postulating by complaining that we did not have a choice in the matter of our creation. By way of contrast, God is the only entity who always was an entity. He alone is “The Self-Existent One.” This gives him the right make decisions for the rest of us.
You question turns more answerable when you say, “Given an option I, would prefer not being born…” because herein we enter a reasonably accessible (albeit hypothetical) realm. Most mature thinkers grapple with ideas like, what if I were never born or would it really matter if I killed myself? After all, I did not ask to be born, and I do not want the responsibilities associated with life! These are legitimate issues, but the fact that we are still alive to pose them is a de facto vote that God is right, and every day we cast that same vote with our continuing existence. This also bolsters the notion that God’s creative opus is a healthy and congruent outpouring of his love. Sadly, the gravity of such questions becomes apparent as we examine the statistics for suicide—not to mention the toll of lost lives as people numb themselves against reality. These speak to Satan’s success in deceiving the world, and in these we can see his power in the vortex of sin.
You are not the first to ask these questions, by the way. Many biblical personalities have visited the depths of despair…but without abandoning God. Listen to Job, a man well favored—then well tested—by God.
“After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. And Job said: ‘Let the day perish on which I was born, and the night that said, “A man is conceived…. “‘Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire?...Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul… [And after much dialogue with God, Job acknowledges his sovereignty and power.] I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.’” (Job 3:1-3, 11, 20, 42:2, ESV)
I appreciate your honesty. Your question makes it clear that you would have rather not been born than to face life’s many challenges—or even its joys! That, of course, is your option, but I am a little confused. You have certainly thought about many godly things, and you are you have a pretty good knowledge of what the Bible says. Additionally, you have an energetic curiosity. These run counter to the notion that “life is not worth it.” So, my friend, you are a paradox to me. What I will do then is to close with a few observations as to why life is worth the bother.
The great Christian thinker, G. K. Chesterton said, “All men matter. You matter. I matter. It’s the hardest thing in theology to believe.”
Talk about insight! Our value to God and to our fellow humans is a theological fact…but it is counterintuitive. We do not feel valuable. We feel sinful. We do not see ourselves as a theological imperative because our eyes are stained by sin. But we are an imperative! As such, we should proceed with confidence and with joy.
Your life matters—plain and simple. This is a foundational Christian belief. God went way out of his way to become one of us. He became an infant, was born in a Bethlehem stable, walked among us, went to a cross, and died the most painful and shameful death the Roman Empire could devise. Why? Because you do indeed matter...no matter how you feel about mattering.
And since your life matters, it matters what you do with your life—and what your attitude is toward your life makes a difference. If you see life as a gift that God is placed in your care, you will grow in a sense of stewardship. It is a precious thing, this human life. We should ask, how can I best use it for God? Not, how can I get out of it?
Finally, not only do we all matter to God, but also we all matter to each other. Both the saved and the unsaved alike are woven together under God’s aegis to work his will in the world. We believers are children of God by position but are salt and light by occupation. We are to preserve God’s truth and shine the light of Jesus Christ into every darkened place. Frankly, I get excited just thinking about this! But since you are not similarly excited, you might not be in a position to be so. As such, please visit the following links to investigate the conditions of your soul. A true Christian would spend more time performing the works of Christ’s then questioning the impossibly esoteric nature of entities and non-entities. Let the Holy Spirit answer the unanswerable for you.