Can you explain why God created the universe?

John 1:3 says, "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made".rnHebrews 11:3, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."rnThis is an interesting, and challenging question. It comes to us from a child, although I believe many adults are also searching for an answer. One of man's most fundamental needs is to have a purpose in life, and to know why he is here and what life is all about. In our complex world today it is more difficult than ever to find an answer to such questions. We must look to the Scriptures for the answer.rnI believe that God has given indication of his purpose in creating the universe in the Scriptures. Consider Revelation 4:11:rnRevelation 4:11 (NASB)rn11 "Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created."rnAll things came into being through the will of God. It was God's pleasure that the universe and everything in it be created. He therefore had a purpose in mind. Isaiah 45:18 tells us:rnIsaiah 45:18(NASB)rn18 For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, But formed it to be inhabited), "I am the LORD, and there is none else.rnGod's purpose in creating the world was that it might be inhabited. It was therefore God's desires that the living creatures of the world would bring him pleasure. Psalm 147:10:rnPsalm 147:10(NASB)rn10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.rnThis verse tells us that God does not derive his pleasure from the strength of horses, or of men, but verse eleven of this same Psalm says:rnPsalm 147:11(NASB)rn11 The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindne

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