|Why should I be interested in God?
Probably the most obvious reason to be interested in God is that He is the greatest person around. I visited a church once on the east coast and saw a woman there who was beautiful, gracious, and charming. I never met her, but I would like to have known her as a friend. One could say I was at a loss for not getting to know her.
If God is the greatest person around, getting to know him is a huge plus, and ignoring him is a huge minus in our lives. The Bible describes the story of God's creating the world and man the basic motivation of expressing his love. He made us for himself and we are restless until we rest in him.
But all around me are people who are not interested in God. Some don't want God because they think God is not very much fun. They think that if they really believed in God there are lots of things they could not do. A recent writer said that young people start to disbelieve in God after their first sexual experience. God has high standards for us and we don't want to live up to them.So rather than change our standards we say he doesn't exist or, we embrace such relativistic philosophy as "there is no absolute right or wrong."
When I do something unkind to the woman I love, my wife, there is a break in our fellowship. She withdraws from me. The closeness has been broken. A sharp division has been drawn down between us. I must make amends, apologize, and seek her forgiveness for a restoration in our relationship. The human race has been disobeying God for centuries. Because of this we are alienated from Him. But the greatness of the story of Jesus is that He has bridged the gap of alienation from and made a restoration of our relationship with God possible.
God took to himself human form in the person of Jesus, the Christ, and walked the land of Israel, healed the sick, raised the dead, and died on the cross for you and me. His resurrection from death was a vindication of who he was, "proved to be the son of God by the resurrection from the dead."(Rom.1:4)
There are lots of arguments that theologians and philosophers have developed to indicate that God exists. But you can't have a relationship with a conclusion. You can only have a relationship with a Person. Even if you accept all the arguments as true, they don't get you to God. But God can come to you and has.
Soren Kierkegaard tells the story
a king who is mighty and every nation feared his wrath. He had
in love with a commoner, but like all men he was anxious when he came
getting married. The thought that entered his kingly mind was
"Would she be able to summon confidence enough never to remember that
king wished only to forget that he was a king and that she was a humble
maiden?" The king was anxious lest she reflect upon this and rob
her of happiness. If the marriage were unequal the beauty of
love would be lost. A number of alternatives could be suggested
The event of God becoming
in Jesus the Christ gives us a meaningful understanding of God as
a person who loves, who seeks us, who does something for us. God offers a living relationship with Himself. He
not give us a religion apart from Himself. This person, God in
Jesus, expressed his love for us in creating us, purusing us to
us to himself, and seeks us that we may be in His presence
He is the greatest person around.