The title of this post has been one of those enduring questions that have been asked by mankind in general ever since time immemorial. Some think that it is an important and vital question, but I beg to differ. Depending on who you ask you will get a pretty standard answer, but in this post I want to try to ferret out of the scriptures the reason for our so called creation/existence by an imaginary being of myth that many believe to be real and exists eternally.
It seems that at first glance God created all things for his own personal amusement. God appears to me to be like that little kid whose parents buy him a sea monkey's (brine shrimp) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-Monkeys set so that he can take care of them and watch them develop. Not to mention to entertain him as the advertisements say they will by doing tricks and other such things. But unlike the child, God is a little bit sicker because he doesn't just want to be entertained by the antics of humans; he wants to be worshiped!
Although there are two conflicting creation stories in Genesis the one most commonly believed is the one in chapter 1. According to this story in Genesis 1:27-28 27 God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.28 God blessed them, saying to them, 'Be
fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters of the fish
of the sea, the birds of heaven and all the living creatures that move on earth.' he created us to occupy this new planet and live happy and productive lives in his presence.
It's is interesting to note that in this first narrative there is no mention of any commands by God nor of the legendary tree of knowledge of good and evil. In the book of Genesis chapter 2 verse 5 we begin to see the second version of the creation story which in some very important points contradicts greatly the first version. For some of these contradictions read my post entitled 'Two creation myths in the bible! here.
The first mention of the tree of knowledge are introduced in chapter 2 of Genesis specifically in verses 16-17. And the subsequent fall of man from the grace of God is narrated in chapter 3. Verse 22 of chapter 3 mentions a tree of life that would grant man immortality, but God expels man from the garden to prevent them from attaining this. In the next chapter the brothers Cain and Abel are recorded to be the first to offer sacrifices to the Lord.
It's funny that even though we are such vile and horrible creatures, that God still wants us to worship him and sacrifice to him in the form today of our daily living and devotion to the teachings as laid out in the bible. Life is recognized as a gift and according to the scriptures God wants to make sure that you recognize where this gift came from and forever be grateful for it. Not only that; he wants to remind you that without him you are nothing but a filthy vile worm, a clump of inanimate dirt.
Websters online dictionary defines worship as: 'reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also : an act of expressing such reverence' http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worship in other words God wants to be recognized at all times for as long as you live! The bible does depict God as being worshiped by the angels at all times. So we too are expected to do the same in eternal gratitude for his having created us. The idiotic Christian response to the question of why we are here is that we are here to worship and glorify God.
In Matthew 22:36-38 Jesus was asked which was the greatest commandment of the law? His response was: 37 Jesus said to him, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.38 This is the greatest and the first commandment.' There you have it!
The bible condemns vanity yet God is the most vain creature of all time! My reply to why we are here is more mundane and realistic. We are here to live our lives as productively as possible and to enjoy and make the most out of this life. Like all things we don't know how long we are on the clock for nor when our time will run out. So the best thing to do is enjoy life to the fullest, share with those you love both the good times and the bad, and be supportive of each other whenever and however you can. This applies to strangers as well and are some good basic principals upon which to live by.
Note: All biblical citations come from the New Jerusalem Bible