Paul asked:

Why did God create man at all?


Jimmy Akin replied:

"... God is an ultimately free being and so his creation of not just man, but the whole world is not the product of any necessity. In fact the Catechism spells that out quite clearly. If you look in paragraph 295 of the Catechism it says that God's creation of the world is not the product of any necessity whatever nor or blind fate or chance. We believe that it preceded from God's free will. He wanted to make his creatures share in his being, wisdom, and goodness ... So that's why he created man as well. Now he created different beings with different capacities and he wanted a being that was part of the material order, like we are that had a rational soul and that could understand God's existence and his plan and could freely choose to love and embrace Him. He didn't need that, but he wanted to and chose to communicate His goodness to us by creating us and giving us the ability to enter a relationship with Him and experience mutual love ..."


Paul asked:

To what end and what good does it do for an all-powerful being to create something? He couldn't be lonely, he couldn't be sad.


Patrick asked:

"So what's in it for God?"


Jimmy Akin replied:

"Nothing's in it for God. That's precisely why the Catechism makes this point. He is an all perfect being. He lacks nothing and consequently He's not doing it for an end whereby He would gain something. He's doing it as an act of pure generosity. He is doing it toward and end. He's chosen and wants to create beings like us, but it's for our good and not His."


Source material:

The Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 295 states: We believe that God created the world according to his wisdom.141 It is not the product of any necessity whatever, nor of blind fate or chance. We believe that it proceeds from God’s free will; he wanted to make his creatures share in his being, wisdom, and goodness: “For you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”142 Therefore the Psalmist exclaims: “O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all”; and “The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.”143 (216, 1951)


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Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2014)

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Show air date: February 5, 2014

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Jimmy Akin

Question appeared in show: 28:22


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