This post is to address my friend, Lyn May’s, question, “Why do we worship God?”
We worship God because we need to. Evolution simply can’t address this human need. Every culture that has ever existed has arisen simultaneously, out of contact with one another, with a deep belief in a God or gods. There is a deep spiritual knowledge that is INHERENT in the condition of man. You can reject it, resulting in personal agony, or you can embrace it, resulting in ecstasy. These are the only choices.
Every human feels the hole in their chest. We know we are not capable of goodness. Not true goodness. We can touch it from time to time, but we are not capable of sustaining it at all times. That is why humans have people called ‘heroes’. That is why we have words like, “noble”, “selfless”, “valiant”, “courage” . That is why we ALL aspire to those things. These are not traits in every human. They belong only to a select few, whom we honor. Every culture has these words which points directly to the fact that all humans know the baseness that lies within their very selves.
It is this deep self knowledge of our inability to be truly great that leads us to seek a higher power to help us. We all aspire to BE more than we are. But we can’t get there alone. We call to God to not only help us achieve these things, but also to help us gain the wisdom needed to govern ourselves. In essence, we need to deal with right & wrong. And if we are not perfect, how can we do that?
That is why humans look to a higher power. Now, as to ‘worship’. One has to look at what that means. Lyn, though you are an ‘atheist’ today, you surely know that the Bible says that we were created in the image of God. I have put a lot of thought into that over the years. I have come to the conclusion that we are created in the EXACT image of God. What we feel, He feels. (exception: evil). What does EVERY human want most? To be KNOWN and LOVED for who we truly are. We seek this in marriage. Most of us don’t reveal ALL of ourselves to people for fear of being rejected. So we put on a face. But this leaves us empty because the love we receive under this basis is false. So we seek to explain ourselves to our partners- hoping, praying that they will understand us, our pain, our goodness, our child-like selves deep within. We hope & pray to still be loved- warts and all.
That is what God wants, I have decided. And He knew that without a choice, our love would mean nothing. So He created a beautiful angel called Lucifer. That is our other choice. And Lucifer IS beautiful and he can give worldly beauty, power, sex, etc. to whomever asks it of him.
God wanted it to be a tough choice. A choice that would show our commitment to Him. Are we willing to give up worldly things like a big house, lots of toys, clothes, vacations, physical beauty, furniture, property in the only life we have been given- without a single guarantee of reward after death? On just a promise of bliss?
Tough, tough choice. Very tough. God is EXACTLY like us. What good is love if it is purchased, Lyn? If a man has money, he should definitely hide the fact when he seeks a mate. Because if that woman loves him without money, then he truly knows it is real. After securing her love, he can shower her with money and fun. That is how God is.
Every human hears His call, Lyn. You included. That is the deep torture of life. God seeks love and obedience. Someday, when you have children, you will demand it of them. And it won’t be about arrogance. It will be for their own good.