Is God really loving? I mean, he creates us, and then tells us that if we don’t serve Him, that we will spend an eternity burning in torment. Isn’t that a little cruel? Isn’t that a serve me or die mentality?
I encountered this ideology recently when I was reading a few different things. Honestly, it took me a moment to think how I would answer such a question. I thought I might share my answer with you.
The idea that God is a cruel dictator demanding service is far from the truth. In fact, to think anything remotely close to that, you have to leave out a few important details. First, God didn’t make us sinful, we chose sin. The Bible tells us very clearly that when Adam chose to sin, he doomed all of us to inherit sin and the corruption that it brings. So in essence, we got ourselves into the horrible predicament.
Secondly, to understand that God is not being cruel, you must understand that God didn’t have to do anything and we would be doomed. There was no way for us to redeem ourselves. We were doomed to death and eternal damnation. God didn’t have to save us.
Thirdly, God chose to save us in a way that brought great humiliation to Him. God became a limited finite human. He endured our torture and ridicule and died for us. He didn’t have to. And He certainly doesn’t need us for His own survival. He chose to do so out of the goodness of His heart.
The Bible says, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” In reality, God didn’t even have to give us the Bible. He could have left revelation of Him at His creation alone. And He would have been gracious.
God created us. Allowed us a choice. When we made a wrong choice He chose to save us. Now He is continually reaching out to us and asking that we would receive Him and His gift of salvation.
I challenge you, if anyone every tries to convince you that God is cruel, remember what He did. Remember that He didn’t have to do it. And thank and praise Him for His salvation!