God loves man even though humanity has turned their backs on God and has chosen a life of sin instead. Though God can forgive sin, He cannot allow it. Sin is an abomination unto Him. Men with all their knowledge could not begin to comprehend how it is possible that an almighty God would give His love to evil men. His love is an undeserved and unearned love that man has no right to. Some men wonder how a loving God could send innocent people to hell, but the question is how He couldn’t? Man is not innocent, he is born a wicked sinner. Every soul starting with Adam deserves to burn in Hell. Man’s definition of what is just has been so confused by the world’s lenience in their judicial system. Men are taught to believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. In reality all men are guilty and cannot be proven innocent. Humans are born with a sin nature and completely unworthy of such a love that God would sacrifice His only son to die for them. Second Corinthians 13:11 portrays God as the God of love and peace. It is truly impossible that such a perfect God could even care for a sinful man, but the Bible tells us that God loves all men. The Bible then being the final authority, is not mistaken when it states that, “God so loved the world” (John 3:16). The question then remains; why does God love man?
We can only find the answer to that question if we first answer the question, who is God? The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines God as “a Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe.” God is not human, many people try to relate God to man, but in reality He is absolutely nothing like them. “God is not man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent.” (Numbers 23:19a) God has always existed, and always will exist. God’s qualities are so intensified that humans cannot comprehend them.
God is omniscient, knowing everything. Paul Reber, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, said, “The human brain has the capacity to hold around 2.5 petabytes (or one million gigabytes). If one person’s brain worked like a video recorder, they would be able to hold up to three million hours of television shows.” That is a lot of knowledge for just one person, yet God knows the knowledge of every person that has ever lived and ever will live. God knows the answers to the questions that men cannot know, like how many hairs are on each human’s head, how many stars there are in the sky and how the human eye works. He knows a person’s deepest secrets and regrets, the pain one feels when he pricks his finger and the joy there is when the baby is born. Such a vast amount of knowledge is impossible for any one man to possess.
God is omnipresent, he is everywhere at the same time. People like to imagine being in two places at once, being able to go to school and be in bed at the same time, but what if someone could really could do that? God can, He can be at the bedside of the man dying in China, and be with the child in America who is saying his bedtime prayer. God can be walking on the Pacific shore and be walking on the Atlantic shore all at the same time he is speaking to someone’s heart in a church service. In Psalms 139:1-12 David tells how God was with him everywhere. Though man has dreamt of it, no person can truly be in more than one place at a time, only God can.
God is omnipotent, he has unlimited power and he is able to do anything. If one took all the fairy tail magic, Aladdin’s lamp, fairy dust and wands and all the imaginary power humans create in their minds, nothing can compare to the true almighty power of God. “O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?” (Deuteronomy 3:24). God does not need magic, he is the source of all power. God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing in six days. God controls the thunder of the skies, the wind of a hurricane, He controls the rotation of the earth, the sunrise and sunset, He controls even time itself. The Devil and all of his angels are no match for the almighty power of God. To grasp the full meaning of who God is, one can look at everything around oneself. Take note of the spider crawling on the ground, the shade from the oak tree, the blue sky, the iPhone in hand, even ones own body, and realize that none of it would exist without God. “For the Lord your God is the God of gods, and the Lord of lords, a great God.” (Deuteronomy 10:17a)
The second thing one must consider what is man? “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7) Man is simply a creation of God. Man literally came from dirt. Humans are compared to clay in a potter’s hands because God formed man out of the ground. Man has no real reason to exist, except for the fact that God created humans for His own companionship. Humans did not come into existence because of a big bang, random mutation or for any other reason. They had a beginning that started with God. The creation of man could be compared to a person baking cookies. There is no reason for the cookies to be made besides the pleasure it brings to the baker. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden they broke fellowship with God. Man was no longer the companions that God had created. God could have destroyed man and started over, but He didn’t. He had compassion on Adam and Eve, they were punished, but allowed to live. Humans still exist today by the mercy of God. God is a perfect Being, man is far from perfect. Man has no power, he is limited in his abilities and he is flawed. Humans are very fragile. One fall may cause a broken bone, a bad car crash may cause death. Humans cannot know everything, they cannot be everywhere and they cannot do everything.
Oxygen, food and water are essential to keep men alive. Excluding just one of those items will kill a man. Therefore he is far from the perfect form of God. Man also sins. It is impossible for God to commit sin, yet humans do it everyday. Many men sin without regret and enjoy doing it. “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalms 14:2-3)
Third a person must realize why God shouldn’t love man. Given the situation where one man saves the life of another man. What if the saved man walked away and cursed the man that saved him? He threw dirt in his face and slandered his name to all who could hear. He never
thanked the man for saving his life, in fact he never spoke to him again. Humans have done all that and worse to God. God the Father sent his only son Jesus to die a horrible death on a cross in the place of all man kind for his sins. After such a sacrifice, man is still very sinful and wicked. A small percentage of the world has accepted Christ as Savior and been saved but most of the world pretends that God doesn’t exist. Even the Christians still continue to sin and hurt God. Men are ungrateful to God for the great mercy He has given. They walk around praising Allah and Buddha, but never embracing the one true God. Man’s actions toward God are as ridiculous as if the baker’s cookies hopped off the pan, turned around and slapped the baker in the face. Some men even act as if there is no God. The theory of Evolution came about because one man did not want to believe in the Creator of the universe, so he tried to prove that man originated from monkeys. Schools teach their students that scientifically God cannot exist. God shouldn’t love man because man has disrespected his name and turned their away from Him. Logically God also shouldn’t love man because man is nothing in comparison to him. God is perfect in every area because He cannot sin. Man is a lowly, dirty and sinful creature. God is perfect and yet He still loves man. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinner, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) God shouldn’t love man because men are prideful and selfish creatures. Humans are destructive, they can tear down another person by just using words. In today’s society people are taught to think about themselves first. In an article written by Lorna Matin on how selfishness has ruined society, it is stated that,‘Eighty-nine percentage of adults say that children are more materialistic then previous generations.” This is caused by the “me” attitude of today’s culture. Human’s have been trained that everything revolves around self and that pleasing self is the ultimate goal. God did not create man for that purpose. Man was created for God’s pleasure Man’s only responsibility is to bring glory to God the Father. God paid the ultimate sacrifice by sending His son to die for mankind, a truly unselfish act. The devil has integrated the world’s mindset and has caused man to lose sight of his true purpose. In the end there is no logical reason why God loves man.
Finally a person can try to find the answer to why God loves man. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” (1 John 3:1a) Throughout the Bible man is referred to as the “children of God.” “For ye are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26) When a wicked man repents of his sin and accepts Christ as his Savior, he has then been saved and can enter into God’s family. Christians are called the children of God because they are saved. Knowing that Christians are God’s his children, it is easy to understand God’s love for them. It is a natural thing for a parent to love his child. “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:9-11) God’s love for Christians is understandable, but what about his love for non Christians? The Bible tells us that God loves all men. How can God love wicked people who are not His children? One reason could be that we are God’s creation. When someone creates something and he makes something with his own hands, he puts care and devotion into it. Painters put passion into what they paint, architects take time and effort when they build their structures. Anything one creates himself makes the creator proud. At the beginning of time God Himself brought man into the world. Adam was formed out of the ground and Eve was formed from Adam’s rib. Therefore God is man’s Creator. He desires to love man, He is not forced to, He wants to. Man often takes this love for granted and does not thank God for it. Humans rush around with busy schedules everyday, rarely does anyone stop to take the time to thank God for His great love. A God who can love so unselfishly and unconditionally is a great God and it is a sin to forget what He has done for man. Men must take time to realize that weather or not he is catholic, atheist, black, white, short or tall, he is God’s creation and that is why God loves him. God does not love man for what man does for God or even for the companionship he was created for. God simply loves man because they are His own. When a person finally realizes the absolute greatness of God’s love for man, he should be in shock. They have clearly seen who God is, what man is, why God shouldn’t love man, and finally, why he does love man. So what should someone do with this knowledge of God’s love? First, he should get on his knees and thank God. Thank him for his own creation, God’s mercy and God’s love. Second, one should praise God. “Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” (Psalms 150:6) Lastly, one must go and tell other people about God’s great love. “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) The human race is on a path to hell because of their sin, but God loved men so much that He made a way to escape. His only son Jesus came and died on a cross, shed his blood to take the punishment meant for wicked man. This was God’s way of salvation for the world. So those who know how to be saved are commanded to tell others about it. If one truly realized the extent of God’s love, it would be impossible for him to keep it to himself, he would desire to share it with everyone he knew. Because of God’s love man exists, because of God’s love man has a beautiful world that God created for men to live in, and because of God’s love man is saved from the fires of Hell. “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he hath loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved.)” (Ephesians 2:4-5)
written by Lyndsey Cunningham