Purpose of Creation
Oh! Christian preachers,
Jehovah created this world comprising of sentient and insentient beings. Logic is that every effect has a cause. So, this world, being an effect, must have a cause and therefore a purpose behind it because no one will do an action without a motive. “प्रयोजनमनुद्दिश्य न मन्दोऽिि प्रवर्तर्े” – even a fool does not act without a purpose. As regards whether the motive behind the Creation is selfish or unselfish, it is beyond any doubt that this Creation is only for the benefit of Jehovah as it is said in Bible that “for I have created him for my glory” (Isaiah 43:7). Moreover, as per basic principles of Christianity there were no souls before the beginning of Creation and it cannot, therefore, be said that Creation was for the benefit of anyone else except Jehovah. The only alternative is that Jehovah created this world for His own benefit.
Jehovah, in the beginning, created two humans who were ignorant and were not endowed with pure knowledge, planted in their vicinity a tree which apparently was of no use, forbade them, with no justification, from eating the fruits of thistree and instead of prohibiting or destroying Satan,
Jehovah let him roam freely on Earth to tempt men. Misguided by Satan, the primeval men became deluded and being tempted for pleasure they
violated the divine command and thus became sinners.
Thereafter, without resorting to any other means of creating souls, God allowed all souls be born as progenies of primeval men who were sinners and so all the souls became sinners. Because they were sinners, they needed to be redeemed. Since Creation gave rise to sinners, it became the indirect cause for redemption. Ways of Salvation were also revealed as a form of testing the sinners. The souls were given life on Earth, which is subject to annihilation, so as to know as pure those souls who accept the means of Salvation and have the virtue of obeying God and know the
rest of the souls as impure and also about the reward and punishment they will be awarded in the next world. Creation as well as annihilation, thus, necessitates divine Grace. In order to instil fear in the pure souls in Heaven so that they do not stray from their devotion to Jehovah, punishments
are inflicted upon impure souls to suffer endlessly. Thus, souls seek redemption out of fear of punishment in Hell. Those thus redeemed will
praise God and He will shine in all His glory.Ultimate object is Jehovah‟s gratification. It can be concluded from the above that the purpose behind
the Creation was selfishness of Jehovah.
Because Jehovah created the world so that the souls will know His glory, praise Him and bow down to Him with fear and He will shine in all His
glory, it can be concluded that before the creation of the world Jehovah did not shine in all His glory. He saw this surely as a limitation in Him and
desiring to remove this inadequacy, He proceeded to create the world.
If His glory was complete before the creation, then it was needless to do a deed to increase His glory. This deed, if it was meant to reveal His glory
to the souls, was not devoid of selfishness.
Neither could He have created world to reveal His glory for the sake of the souls, because that will contradict the fact that there were no souls before the creation of the world.
Had Jehovah desired to augment His glory by shining through the souls He was going to create, the acts of shining and creation will become
mutually cause and effect and this will lead to a logical fallacy known as “mutual dependency –anyonyashrayam”.
Because He Himself was there to experience His glory, it would be improper to say that Jehovah‟s glory was shining completely prior to
creation but remained unappreciated and He created souls so that they will experience and praise His glory. Whatever way we may view at it,
we can conclude that Jehovah did feel an inadequacy as His glory was not shining. Because He had a sense of inadequacy, He cannot be whole
(poorna); because He worried about the inadequacy and tried to remove it, He cannot be eternally Joyful; because He started creation for His own joy, He has attachment or aversion towards that which pleases or displeases Him and thus He is suffering from delusion which is the root cause of attachment and aversion; because He did not know the means to remove his inadequacy in the beginning, he did not have beginning-less
knowledge; because He did not create the souls in the beginning, he does not have beginning-less doership; because He acquired doership later, his
doership is an „effect‟ and there must be another person as its „cause‟; because He gained „doership‟ from someone else He does not possess
sovereignty; because He lost His nature by gaining „doership‟ from someone, He is not changeless; because He is neither changeless nor adequate, He is neither without a beginning nor is He eternal or
pervading; because He created souls for His own joy and caused them to commit sin and suffer in eternal Hell, He is bereft of justice, compassion and goodness; because He did not know which souls were pure and had to find this out by testing them by giving them commandments after they were made to take birth on Earth as sinners, He is without omniscience; because He could neither be joyful nor the make souls praise Him without
making them sinners and causing them sorrow, it is evident that He is without omnipotence. Since He has defects such as inadequacy, sorrow, desire, hatred, delusion, dependence, changeability, nonpervading,
injustice, hard-heartedness, vice, limited knowledge and limited power, Jehovah does not possess Godliness. He is proved to be a sinner. Since our8 scriptures declare that these defects are the results of the bondage of “ego,
karma and Maya9”, Jehovah is indeed subject of bondage and therefore not independent. When we analyze the above characteristics of Jehovah from
the standpoint of Saiva Siddhanta10, it could be concluded that Jehovah is a mere being (pashu) who, as per karmas accumulated from His past lives, is born with a physical body; is subject to limitations in knowledge, power and capacity to experience joy and sorrow and dies at the end of his life term like any other human being.
It is the opinion of some Christian scholars that Jehovah from time immemorial had made a resolve, without any reason, to create the world at a certain point of time, at a certain location and in a certain manner and that accordingly He created the world, without any reason, at a certain point of time. But this is not acceptable because it is not contained in Bible and is contradictory to scriptural statements such as “I made man for my glory”.
If it is true Jehovah had the resolve from time immemorial, without any reason, to create the world at a certain point of time, at a certain location and in a certain manner, He should have had a similar resolve regarding sustenance and annihilation of the world. This implies that Jehovah will grant Heaven or Hell to souls as per the above resolve and not based on their sins or merits. Souls need not strive to become worthy of Salvation and the Bible, which bids the souls to have faith and make efforts towards this end, bears therefore no relevance. Therefore, Jehovah who revealed Bible to the world is unwise. Some might say that it is not befitting the
souls to question the purpose behind God‟s creation and that God‟s actions are beyond human logic. This would give rise to logical fallacy known as “anishtaprasangam”. Persons belonging to every religion would hold their scriptures as God‟s own words. If anyone, after a critical study of scriptures of a religion, points out any flaw and declares them as false and worth rejecting, he is countered with an argument by the faithful of that religion that scriptures are God„s work and are beyond the logic of souls whose knowledge is limited and that God can act as per His wish. If so, all religions have to be considered as true and equal. The Christians‟ claim that their religion is the only true religion does not therefore hold water.
If one says that purpose of creation is beyond comprehension of souls it cannot be accepted as Bible clearly states Jehovah made this word for His glory. For that matter, no scripture deals with subjects which are incomprehensible. In spite of Jehovah‟s admitting creation of world for His own glory, if one says that purpose of creation is beyond words, it is equivalent to one calling his mother barren. From the above analysis of purpose of Creation, it is proved that Jehovah doesn‟t have characteristics of God.