Week two of our seven week series, PAUSE: Make space for God; and this week’s topic is, Why did God create me? First of all, how am I meant to answer this in a blog? Aren’t blogs meant to be short? : ) Perhaps to get us on the right path we can start with the slightly simpler question, Why did God create anybody?
The key to understanding why God created anything, is to first understand that God is Love Itself. If you believe this you can quite easily see why God created. It is the very essence of love to want to have others outside of oneself to love. If God did not create people, like you and me, His love would have no one to extend towards. So the basic and very logical answer to this question is that because God is Love Itself, He created people (and you specifically) so that He would have someone to love. How would you like being a loving person, and yet not having anybody to share your love with?
Now I’m going to throw you for a little loop and talk for a minute about aliens. Yes, there is a connection. If God is Love Itself and He is also infinite, it makes sense that He wouldn’t want to create one or two people to share His love with. He would want to create many people: Hundreds, millions, trillions, quintillions…..how many would be enough for an infinite God of eternal love?
While acknowledging that this is by no means a scientific proof, this is one of the arguments used in the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg to logically say why there must be life on other planets. The amazing vastness of the universe mirors the infinity of God and His infinite love. Would a God that created such a vast universe really be content to populate only one small planet with people? Love does not just want to create others outside of oneself; love also wants to be one with the people created and to make them blessed and happy. As finite human beings we find ourselves loving many different people. Can we even begin to imagine how many people God is capable of loving?
“People may believe that in the universe there are more earths than one, from this, that the starry heaven is so immense, and the stars therein are so innumerable, each of which in its place, or in its world, is a sun, and like our sun, in various magnitude. Whoever duly considers, concludes that so immense a whole must needs be a means to an end, which is the ultimate of creation, which end is the kingdom of heaven, wherein the Divine may dwell with angels and men; for the visible universe, or the heaven resplendent with stars so innumerable, which are so many suns, is only a means for the existence of earths, and of men upon them, of whom may be formed a heavenly kingdom. From these things a rational person must needs be led to conceive, that so immense a means, adapted to so great an end, was not constituted for a race of people and for a heaven thence derived from one earth only; for what would this be to the Divine, which is infinite, and to which thousands, yea, ten thousands of earths, all full of inhabitants, would be small and scarce anything.” (Swedenborg – Earths in the Universe 4)
Why did God create me? I’ll have to think about that one a bit more. But to start with, it’s quite inspiring to think about why God created anything in the first place and how vast and infinite a loving God’s creation must be. Do you believe that there is life on other planets?