Hawzah News Agency – The purpose of creation
God created man, and this creation has a purpose. This purpose is that man attain the plenitude of all that the human soul can aspire to, doing so by means of the graces realized through devotion to God. Whenever man is guided to the point where he
becomes aware of this purpose, and pledges himself to undertake the first steps leading to its realization, God Himself sees to it that they are indeed accomplished. Without this divine help, the creation of man would be lacking any means of realizing the purpose of creation. It is for this reason that Messengers were sent to mankind, providing them with both explanations and miraculous acts. Thus, God proclaims messages containing promises and threats, with a view to inspiring His slaves with earnest desire (targhib) for obedience, and with fearful anxiety (tadhir)
to avoid disobedience.
What has been expressed above is a summary of the principle of loving-kindness (lutf) in the adliyya theology, which in fact constitutes one of the branches of the principle of discernment between good and evil, the foundation of many theological concepts.
Ayatollah Jafar Sobhani, Doctrines of Shii Islam, A Compendium of Imami Beliefs and Practices, Translated and Edited by Reza Shah-Kazemi, published by I.B.Tauris Publishers, london • new york 2003