Why Are We Here?

Job 1:21 “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”


This is an age-old question.  Many famous philosophers have tried to answer this question, but frankly, this question cannot be rightly answered apart from the Word of God.  If you believe in evolution (that man is on this earth by accident) you will also believe that the only things you will ever have, you will have on this earth.  But, if you believe in creation (that God created the worlds, the heavens, all plants, all animals, all humans) you will also believe the only things you will ever have, you will have in the world to come.

Many famous philosophers have tried to convince men to act right based on humanistic values only, leaving the Word of God out of the picture.  The truth is that we should act right because God expects us to act right.  God is our Saviour – Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God – and he is also our judge.  Each and every person will give an account of themselves before God, and that is a very serious thing.

Some people believe we are here on this earth to work.  Well, there must be a certain amount of work done, or we will not have food to eat.  Nor will we have the necessities of this life.  God declares we should work, or we do not eat (II Thessalonians 3:10).

Some people believe we are here on this earth to play.  Well, there is nothing wrong with enjoying what God have given to us, but if all we do is enjoy ourselves, then we become victims of our own enjoyments.  We become very selfish, not thinking of how others are enjoying themselves, but only thinking how we can enjoy ourselves.

Some people believe we are here on this earth to make the earth a better place.  There is nothing at all wrong with making the earth a better place to live – this is a very high aspiration.  But if this is all we are here on this earth to do, when we die, we still leave all that behind.  This idea also has an evolutionary thought behind it – that humans are not permanent, that we are all temporary – that our lives are only for the here and now – then we go away into nothingness.  Is that what is going to happen to you when you die – our will you continue to have an awareness of your surroundings after you die? 

Every generation (and every person) must answer this question for themselves.

Ecclesiastes 5:15 states, “As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.” 

Think of these two verses – What sense does it make to be born into this world as a naked baby, then live here on this earth all these many years, working, slaving, saving, putting back for a rainy day, worrying about tomorrow, finally getting everything just like you want it – good car, good furniture, good family, good house, good retirement, good insurance, good everything – then die and go off and leave it all.  Is life nothing but a cruel joke? 

I have heard it said, “The winner of the game of life is the one who dies with the most toys!”  Is this really the truth?  How could a person be a “winner” as in this description, yet have nothing, because when he dies, he carries nothing with him in his hand?

Notice the following scriptures, which state the same thing:

1.       Psalms 49:17 – “For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.”

2.       Luke 12:20 – “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?”

3.       1 Timothy 6:7 – “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” 

Why We Are Here

Revelation 4:10-11 states, “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” 

Matthew 4:9 states, “And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”  Satan wants you to worship him.  Satan even wanted Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God to worship him.  But the Bible states that we should worship and serve the Lord our God, and him only shall we serve.

II Timothy 4:8 states, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”