Many of the world religions have answered this question in various ways expressing the solution to this core question sometimes using the symbolism of myth at other times philosophy and metaphysics. The Eastern religions especially have grappled and continue to grapple with this linked question: why is there something as opposed to nothing, or why did the First Cause (or i.e. God) create the world, especially the material, physical world? In other words according to the Baha’i Faith what is the point and purpose of bringing existence into being from the point of view God (dalil-i-khilqat chist)? Also, closely related to this issue, do the Baha’i writings hold the material world as an illusion and a cosmic trap to be overcome?