This is the second of two posts. The first asked DOES GOD EXIST? Here we consider whether God cares for us. To make it worth your trouble reading, I have taken a different approach to the subject. Consider these examples.
- Does God Care? by Gail Rodgers
- Does God Care? by Philip Yancy
- Does God care? at AllAboutPhilosophy
- Does God Care? by Richard Innes
Generally, most people ask whether God cares in the context of a tragedy. Tragedy is not the subject of this post. Fortunately, I am not in the midst of a tragedy. Neither, apparently, is (joesix), the instigator of this post. Thus, I just seek to answer the question for its own sake.
Does God care? Why do we wonder if God cares for us? When we suffer, we feel small and vulnerable. We become afraid. We want help and sympathy, and only God has the power to give us what we need. Then we need to know: Does God care?
When we suffer, we doubt God. We doubt He cares. If God does care, then why does He allow us to suffer? Why does He permit evil? Unfortunately, nobody knows the answers to those questions. We just know He cares.
How do we know God cares about us? We see the evidence of His concern in the arguments for His existence.
Because the universe exhibits the characteristics of design, careful attention to order and beauty, we presume the existence of a creator, God. If God went to the trouble to create a universe that supports life, doesn’t that show that He cares about all living things. If God went to the trouble to carefully design us, does that not suggest He cares about us?
13 You created every part of me;
you put me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because you are to be feared;
all you do is strange and wonderful.
I know it with all my heart.
15 When my bones were being formed,
carefully put together in my mother’s womb,
when I was growing there in secret,
you knew that I was there—
The Argument from First Cause is also known as The Kalam Argument. Because the universe exists, someone had to create it. That someone must be God. What the Kalam Argument demonstrates is that God exists apart from the universe. God has no beginning. Before there was a universe, God existed. Yet there was an instance the universe came into being. As a deliberate act God created the universe, thereby — in the most exacting detail — creating everything within it.
29 Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s leave (consent) and notice.
30 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear not, then; you are of more value than many sparrows.
The Argument from Conscience makes use of that self-evident thing we call a conscience. That conscience demonstrates the existence of the Being who gave each of us a conscience.
What our consciences help us to understand is that God is holy and that He expects us to be holy. Consider these questions.
- Would a holy God create sentient creatures and then ignore what He had created?
- Would a good and considerate parent just walk away indifferently from his or her own child?
If God cares enough about us to give us a conscience, then we know He cares about our conduct. He wants us to do what is good, not what is evil.
Even in that time before we knew of Jesus Christ, God made certain we know the difference between what is right and what is wrong.
12 The Gentiles do not have the Law of Moses; they sin and are lost apart from the Law. The Jews have the Law; they sin and are judged by the Law.13 For it is not by hearing the Law that people are put right with God, but by doing what the Law commands.14 The Gentiles do not have the Law; but whenever they do by instinct what the Law commands, they are their own law, even though they do not have the Law.15 Their conduct shows that what the Law commands is written in their hearts. Their consciences also show that this is true, since their thoughts sometimes accuse them and sometimes defend them.16 And so, according to the Good News I preach, this is how it will be on that Day when God through Jesus Christ will judge the secret thoughts of all.
Within each of us is the heartfelt desire for a holy God. Thus, the Argument from Desire seeks to prove that God must exist because the desire for God exists.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Do we desire a God who does not care for us? Of course not. Our desire is for a God who cares about us. Therefore, the Argument from Desire presupposes a holy God who cares about that which He has created.
Pascal’s Wager does not prove the existence of God. Pascal’s Wager is for those for whom all the other arguments have proven inconclusive. Our choice to believe or not believe in God is a bet. With this wager, we bet on the existence of God and what He has planned for us in eternity.
- If we live as if there is no God who cares about us, then if God exists, we risk losing everything.
- If we live as if there is a God who cares about us, then if God exists, we have the opportunity to live with Him in heaven.
- If God does not exist, then what does it matter?
What Pascal observed is that is the futility of not believing in a God who cares about us. When we believe in a God who cares about us, we have everything to gain nothing to lose.
19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.