Does God care for me?

from Paul Gould

In my last post, I consider the case against the claim that God cares for you and me. I offered three reasons, put them under scrutiny, and concluded that they are not good reasons to think God doesn’t care. In this post I want to consider what reasons there might be for thinking that God does in fact care for you and me.

I offer three reasons, pulled from the Christian story as articulated in the Bible:

First, God cares for me because He created me with great dignity and for a purpose.

We read in the creation story that God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). Everything else is created according to its own kind, but when we get to man, man is created in God’s kind. Therefore, man has great worth and dignity. We are literally priceless. And God’s response in creating man was one of utter joy and delight. As C.S. Lewis puts it in one of his letters:

“God loves us; not because we are loveable but because He is love, not because He needs to receive, but because he delights to give.”

Further, God has created us with a purpose (Genesis 1:28). This should bring you incredible comfort—God cares for you because He created you with great value and for a great purpose.

Second, God cares for me because he pursues me.

Not only has God created you, but he pursues you, giving all of himself on your behalf. In the Christian story, it is the creature who runs away and God who pursues! As C.S. Lewis said, “In Christianity…the human soul is not the seeker but the sought: it is God who seeks, who descends from the other world to find and heal Man.”[1]

Third, God cares for me because he offers hope (instead of despair).

If there is no God, all we can do, as Betrand Russell famously quipped is “build our lives on the firm foundation of unyielding despair.” If there is no God, there is no ultimate meaning, value, purpose in life, peace, or happiness. The end result is despair. But, since God exists and lovingly creates us and pursues us, there is hope in the midst of pain, comfort from deaths sting, and optimism even in the darkest moments.

To watch a video clip where I discuss this question in depth, click below:

Comments or want to read more by Paul? Go to http://www.paul-gould.com/2014/03/05/does-god-care-for-me-the-case-for-god/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Paul-Gould+%28Brilliant+and+Beautiful+Blog%29

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