I Chronicles 20 – II Chronicles 3
“13 I myself will be a father to him, and he himself will be a son to me. And I will not remove my steadfast love from him as I took it away from whoever was before you.”
I Chronicles 17
Sometimes we must remind ourselves that questions about God we may never know or never come to understand. His ways are higher than our ways, and with that, some answers don’t make sense to the human mind. I believe ‘why does God love us’ maybe one of those unanswerable questions. I will attempt to answer it anyway, but because of the sad state of humanity no matter the answer I come up with, I don’t imagine I still will understand.
One idea on why God loves us is God is love. This is different than most gods, especially the Muslim god who is also touted as being love. The difference is this before there was anything to be loved the God of the Bible is a trinity between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And in this Trinity there is love. However, in the Muslim faith, the god is not a trinity so he can’t be love any more than we can; he can only give love.
Nevertheless, God being love isn’t enough of a satisfying answer because then we are led to understand that we were arbitrarily chosen from among lions, hyenas, and giraffes to be the center of God’s affection. There must be something in humans, in people, that God loves so much He sent His Son to die to redeem us.
Why does God love us?
Even in a fallen world, the idea of love isn’t lost on us. We love our families, our friends, several people in our lives and truly feel the effects of it. However, the love we have for others, whether we’d like to admit it or not, is mostly conditional love. Of course, if someone wronged us, especially our family members, we can find it in our hearts to forgive and continue to love them. I assert that it is still conditional love. Our brains do a cost-benefit analysis on the ones we love and rarely do we love someone who’s cost outweighs the benefit, whether figuratively or literally. There is only one example of unconditional love in world history, and He was executed by the people He loves.
So the question remains, why does God love us? We read in the story of Genesis when He created man He made him in His image. This is important because when He made everything else, He does not make it in His image. Being made in His image is analogous to when we have children and how, in addition to them looking like their parents, the mannerisms and characteristics may be similar. Beyond the likeness between a parent and their child, God made in us something only God can make, a soul. I am not saying we have a piece of God in us, far from it, what I am saying is something God has (and is, remember Trinity) He made something in Its likeness for us to have as well.