I appreciate the comments. The issue of “Free Will” has been raised. Why did God give us Free Will?
What would happen if I could build an android that would always love me? I wouldn’t have to do anything for it. I could ignore it for months and it would still love me when I called. It would make an eager puppy look standoffish.
I would be bored with it in no time and I would know that it has no choice. If such a creature could not satisfy my desire to share love, how could it give anything like love to God?
Real love includes being able to understand when the other is distracted or even inconsiderate. It makes us even happier when a truly loving time occurs, either a peaceful one or an exciting one.
To be a people who can give love to God, (Yes – as arrogant as that sounds, I believe that is what He wants from us) we have to be people who can decline to give Him love. Of course, when we do, we lose more than He does.
It seems this is part of the nature of His love. It is so big and rich that it cannot be satisfied by rote phrases from a programmed being. He gave us free will so that our yes is really ours!
God’s love for us is unconditional, profound and awesome. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit exist as three equal persons, each one dwelling in the other two by virtue of an unceasing movement of mutual love. God created the universe and within it he created humankind. He created us for a purpose: to be in a loving relationship with him. When you create something, you want it to be 1st rate! Likewise, God wants us to be whole, complete and to attain to the highest state of being that is possible for us. This is his unconditional love.
Genesis 1:26 tells us that we are created in the “image” and “likeness” of God. The image of God signifies man’s free will, his reason, his sense of moral responsibility, everything, which marks man out from the animal creation and makes him a person. The likeness of God refers to the degree to which our will and actions conform to that of the Trinity (state of communion with the Trinity).
Christianity believes that God became man so that man may share in God’s divine nature, i.e., to become “partakers of divine nature”; see 2 Peter 1:4. In 1 John 1:3 we are told that we are invited to have “fellowship (kononia) with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.” Koinonia means communion by intimate participation. This is salvation, the Ever Lasting Life, the concept of Theosis.
Before Jesus gave himself up to the cross for the forgiveness of our sins, he prayed that we “may all be one, as You, Father, are in Me; and I in You; that they also may be one in Us”, John 17:21. God’s love for us is so profound that he desires that we attain to the joy of union with him and share in the love that exists within the Trinity. We can only attain to this awesome state of Theosis by conforming our mind to God’s will through living a life in Christ. Our response to God’s love is up to us. He is respectful of our free will and waits patiently as the loving parent he is.