Bible Questions

Bible Questions

Why do I exist?

The original purpose of the first man's creation ceased to be fulfilled when he rebelled against God. Unreconciled, men and women cannot adequately answer this question. Reconciled, men and women discover themselves to exist in order to know God, to do His will, to glorify Him, and to enjoy Him forever.

Why do I exist?

This is one of those fundamental questions to which we see the answer but dimly; the full answer will be revealed and appreciated in the life to come (1 Corinthians 13:12).

The question can be answered adequately by God alone: we are assured that everything He made, including the first man, was made for a particular end (Proverbs 16:4).

The question is extremely relevant in view of the futility of human life from so many points of view (Psalms 103:15-16; James 4:14).

God's purposes for Adam in his creation provide the first clues to the correct answer to the question, 'Why do I exist?'

We are here because God created the world, and He created men and women to inhabit it (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7).

They were created to possess the earth (Genesis 1:28):

Our chief purpose in life is to glorify God

Adam was created to know God:

Adam was created to do God's will:

Adam was created with a capacity to enjoy God forever:

In view of God's creation of Adam the answer to the question 'Why do I exist?' is 'I am here to enjoy the earth, to know God, to do His will, and to enjoy Him for ever.'

But when Adam rebelled against God he lost his way and ceased to know the wonder of God's purposes for human life.

The question, 'Why do I exist?' is relevant to men and women who are not reconciled to God through Christ.

God is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish. We are here to be given an opportunity of coming to repentance (2 Peter 3:9) before His final judgment descends upon a world that ignores God and is unconcerned to know the answer to this question (2 Peter 3:10).

We are here to sow, by means of our lives, so that we may reap an everlasting harvest - for good or ill (Galations 6:7).

The question has positive answers when we are reconciled to God - for then we are in a position to enter into God's purposes for our life.

We are here to know God (John 17:3).

We are here to know and fulfil God's perfect will for our life (Romans 12:2).

We are here to be agents for extending Jesus Christ's Kingdom (Mark 16:15; 2 Corinthians 5:20).

We are here to be transformed into Jesus Christ's likeness with ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).

We are here to please God (2 Corinthians 5:9).

We are here to reflect God's glory (Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:16).

Our chief purpose in life is to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Our glorious anticipation is of enjoying God forever (Psalms 73:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:17): in the life to come we will be satisfied with seeing God's likeness (Psalms 17:15; 1 Peter 1:8).