Why Did We Come to This Earth?
When we try to find the answer for the most basic ontological question about ourselves, the most common question is “Why do we live here on this earth?” or “What is the purpose of our life on this earth?” Many tried to find answer for the question in vain and they know no more when they left than when they came.
The bible gives us hints about our life on this earth and our previous life in heaven. The bible teaches us that we got separated from God in heaven because of our sins.
Isaiah 59:1 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
Due to our sins and iniquities, we got cast from heaven down to this earth. In this sense we can say this earth is a spiritual prison for the sinners from heaven. We can see this through a lot of evidence from the bible.
The bible shows how the angels from heaven came down to this earth through the examples of King of Tyre and King of Babylon.
In the Book of Ezekiel, we can see King of Tyre once living as an angel in heaven before coming down to this earth because of his sin. God let us know his status and role as angel when he was created by God in heaven.
Ezekiel 28:11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings[c] were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. 14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. 16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. 17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.
Here we can see that God created King of Tyre as an angel with great beauty and wisdom. However, later he got corrupted because of his arrogance and pride and sinned against God. For the sin, he was thrown down to this earth.
And In the Book of Isaiah through King of Babylon God is letting us know the sins those angels committed in heaven.
Isaiah 14:12 How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” 15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.
Here the bible describes the sin of King of Babylon. He was once an angel bright and glorious as morning star. Because of his pride he betrayed God and rebelled against him. Finally he lost his place from heaven and was cast down to this earth.
In the Book of Revelation, we can see the same story reiterated over again. The bible describes it as a war in heaven between the heavenly angels. In that war, those who rebelled against God got finally defeated and cast down to this earth. (Revelation 12:7)
What do all these verses testify about? This earth is a spiritual prison for the sinners from heaven. When the angels in heaven sinned against God, they were sent down to this earth. They were allowed to live in this earth until the time of the execution of their sentence for their sin. (Romans 6:23) After a short and painful life as a sinner is over, they are destined to die. This was the destiny of all the human beings living on this earth because we all are sinners.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—