[quote]I had many similar problems when I was a young Christian. Many Christian jargons need to have some practical understanding so our faith will become real.
For example, God loves me. It bothered me for a few decades. Why should God love me so much? Frankly, in my Christian community, NONE gives a satisfactory answer to me. God helps me to figure it out. Now I fully understand why.[/quote]
My dear friend in Christ,
Please consider the following explanation as PART of the REASONS that Gods Loved YOU sooooo very much.
Genesis 1:26-27 Informs us that God with “Perfect Wisdom”; for reasons that only He can FULLY understand, decided that He would Create man “in His Own Image and Likeness.” How did He do this, seems a reasonable question?
Consider the following FACTS
The Universe that God Created consist of BILLIONS of stars, galaxies and planets; BUT only One; only Planet earth can be proved to support the life forms we know of. Consider the importance and significance of the Sun and moon for example.
Planet Earth holds Hundreds of Thousands of Living things; BUT Only One; Only man can rationalize, and can freely choose to love or to hate. How and WHY is this?
First the “HOW”
In order to rationalize, to be enabled to build complex things like the computer I’m using; to be able to freely choose to Love or to Hate, ALL Require the following:
A mind [not meaning our brain here]
An Intellect [not meaning ones “I.Q”]
All and each of which are permanently attached to mans “SOUL,” which for our discussion we will describe as the “source of life itself”. So every living thing has a “soul.” But man’s is FAR and Away the most complex in the hierarchy. This makes man not only “unique” BUT also factually superior to every other life-form. WHY?
God wants us to know and understand this; and doing so is essential to answering your GREAT question. The Bible in its entirety is inspired by our God, the very one who too Created us. And therefore it is to be used judiciously, prudently and in its totality of Teachings.
We ALONE, can and DO emulate our God who is “Spirit and Truth.” take note of the fact that God NEVER makes Himself visible in the Entire Old Testament. Even to Moses he appears “Spiritually Only” as a burning bush, a cloud, a fire or a “voice from above.” yes God did send angels that assumed a human form FOR God as God’s messenger’s; but humanity would not come face to face with God until the Incarnation of Jesus.
EACH of the attributes I shared are SIMILAR to our God; Spiritual Realities. yet each of them can be demonstrated to exist. Yet like God’s “essence” these things too are Spiritual realities. Only a fool would [and does] try to disprove this; BUT, take for example our freewill. Try to quantify it: what is its shape, weight, color and size? Can’t be done yet every person has one. ALSO, like God Himself, these attributes are EMORTAL; they can neither die or be killed. It is this part of us that spends Eternity in the location OF OUR OWN CHOICE: Heaven or hell.
Matthew 4:4 “Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God”
So we now go back to the bible itself for the answer to this all-important question.
In Isaiah [a Great Prophet who foretold the coming Messiah] and lived about 500 years before Christ was born, we find the answer to our question.
Isaiah 43: 7 & 21
“And every one that calleth upon my name, I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, and made him & This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise”
So now we know WHY we exist. Because man alone of ALL Created things can freely choose to Know; to Love, to Obey [fully] and to serve our God. That then is the purpose of our existence, our lives REAL goal; which must be FREELY chosen by us.
So dear friend God loves us because:
We; me and you and all humanity ALONE can and does emulate our God
We ALONE can know Of god, and then come to know God [through Grace]. In fact the entire Universe exist to enable man to know “god” as The First Cause and the as the Source of every Created thing. From this one can then come to KNOW GOD.
God Created us so that we Could and we WOULD choose to Know HIM; and only man has what it takes to make this a possibility.
God loves US soooo, because we TRULY are His Children!