THE PURPOSE OF HUMAN LIFE
For God’s Good Pleasure
AS CREATURES, HUMAN BEINGS ARE CREATED with a purpose determined by their Creator. The monotheistic religions in particular recognize that God created human beings to serve, love and glorify Him. We can thus find fulfillment through service and obedience. However, as our heavenly Father, God would also want us to be children who reflect His image and likeness in the world by spreading love and benevolence throughout the human race.
God is the Enjoyer of all phenomena in some texts; specifically, we can speak of God’s joy when His purpose of creation is fulfilled. It is our privilege as human beings to return such joy to God. Father Moon explains God’s purpose for creating human beings as a creative partnership, where we take after God’s loving nature and God in turn rejoices to see countless images of Himself as we establish loving families and relate to one another and to all God’s creatures with divine love. Nevertheless, due to the Fall of the first ancestors, people do not form loving families or treat the creation with love. Therefore, God has never experienced the fullness of joy. (See Chapter 6: God’s Grief.)
“The creative partnership between us and God can be described by us human beings receiving love from Him and He receives joy from us.”
- Our Purpose Is to Serve God
I have created the jinn and humankind only that they may serve Me. No sustenance do I require that they should feed Me. For God is He who gives all sustenance, the Lord of Power, Steadfast.
“God didn’t create the jinns or humankind to feed Him, but to serve and glorify Him.”
All that God created in His world He created only for His glory, as it is said, “All that is called by my name, for my glory I created and fashioned and made it” (Isaiah 43.7).
Avot 6.11 (Judaism)
“Maybe in this context, God and human beings have the same power of creativity.”
There is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist.
1 Corinthians 8.6
“God needs us so we exist for Him.”
The greatest bliss is the good pleasure of God: that is the supreme felicity.
“True happiness for humankind is when God Himself is happy.”
Why, is he better who founds his building upon the fear of God and His good pleasure, or he who founds his building upon the brink of a crumbling bank that will tumble with him into the fire of hell? And God does not guide the people of the evildoers.
If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you this day, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land.
“If you obey God’s commandments, He will bless you.”
Do not try to develop what is natural to man; develop what is natural to Heaven. He who develops Heaven benefits life; he who develops man injures life.
Chuang Tzu 19 (Taoism)
“You need to educate your body like a child.”
If it be your wish, O people, to know God and to discover the greatness of His might, look, then, upon Me with My own eyes, and not with the eyes of anyone besides Me. You will, otherwise, be never capable of recognizing Me, though you ponder My Cause as long as My Kingdom endures.
Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh 127
Teachings of Sun Myung Moon
Originally, human beings were created to be happy, full of life and joy before God their Parent. Our existence should be for the glory of God.
(52:36, December 12, 1971)
“It’s good when human beings are happy because their happiness shows the glory of God.”
“It’s true, that our original nature was supposed to be full of life, joy, truth and wisdom.”
What should we human beings set as our purpose? Rather than setting our purpose on the individual, family, community, nation, world, or even the cosmos, we should set our purpose on God. Our purpose should be to bring God and humankind together.
(41:323, February 18, 1971)
“We need to have a common vision and to work together to attain it.”
“God and humankind are linked and so our purpose is the same.”
“When we work for the purpose for God, all of this passes down from the cosmos, world, nation, etc.”
For what purpose were we born? What should be our center as we go through life, and what should be our ultimate goal? These questions absolutely cannot be answered if we exclude God. Without God, our life will have no connection to the Cause. Even if he makes some success in his life, a person who lacks a connection to the Cause cannot reap the result, and the value of his result cannot be recognized. A building is constructed according to a blueprint created by an architect. A building built without a blueprint cannot become what the Architect intends.
(21:100, November 17, 1968)
“We should always have God in our plan. Our plan shouldn’t be completely fixed, but free.”
“Sometimes when we succeed on a plan, we become egoistic and think that we’ve deserved this success, when the success should be centered on God. Without Him, the success loses its value.”
“There is a poet in Turkey who chants ‘Who will touch the heart of God, will leave one of his works on the earth.’”
My life is for the sake of God and the world. You also should think to live for God and the world. You should not think to live merely for yourself... Always check how closely you are aligned to the life that God wants you to live.
(147:115, August 31, 1986)
“You have the freedom, but internally you will be guided by God to go the right way.”
“In terms of a relationship between two human beings, when one wants to make the other happy, this has already made God happy. On the other hand, if one wanted to do harm to the other, it completely goes against the happiness of God.”
Written by William Nguyen