Why did God create us?

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This is the question man of every age has asked of himself since the dawn of time. The Jews of old have known the answer to this question for at least 5,000 years, and we Catholics—who are merely New Covenant Jews—have known it for 2,000 years.

God created us to know Him, love Him, and serve Him in this life so we may be happy with Him forever in the next life. Once we come to know God, we can’t help but love Him. After we learn to love Him, we want to serve Him. If we persevere in our service to God for love of Him, He will reward us with eternity with Him in heaven.

Man is a creature composed of a physical body and a spiritual soul. The soul possesses intelligence and free will, and it is created in the image and likeness of God. The soul is also immortal, which means that it will live forever, and each one is individually created by God.

The soul is what gives us life. This means when we look at a friend or loved one we are not really seeing that person, but rather we are looking at the “house” in which that person lives. It is the soul which possesses the personality, free will, intelligence, and reasoning ability. This is why there is so much emphasis on the soul in Christianity.
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