why does god want to be glorified
The Question: 'God tells us to praise and to glorify Him, but my question is: Why does God want all the glory? Is He insecure? Isn't this opposed to how He teaches us to behave? '
My Response: Why does God want praise?? The first thing we have to attempt in order to answer this question is to completely rid ourselves of a purely human understanding and response. For human beings (who are purely a creation of God) to want and to demand praise is silly and foolish. Why would a single one of us consider ourselves worthy of any glory or praise when death could be just around the corner? In other words, being supremely mortal and physical casts huge limitations upon us. Moreover, we can all see that every single human being is just as transitory and vulnerable as we are. Life is truly 'but a vapour. ' Now I am not saying that we should never praise anybody at any time; we would all praise the composer of a beautiful piece of music, the painter of a great painting or even an outstanding sports star - but it should be kept within bounds; it is praise, but praise within limits. The difference is that God supremely deserves ongoing praise and adoration for Who He is and what He has done; moreover, He deserves it, actually, even well beyond the praise which it is humanly possible for us to give Him. In contrast, I am convinced that even the most highly talented member of the human race has no reason to expect or demand great praise or outstanding glory. Therefore, for us to expect the ongoing praise of others is ultimately silly and foolish. I would go further: I have seen it proven that receiving outstanding and ongoing praise from others can pervert and distort the mind; most people just cannot handle it, we may witness examples of many lives of those who received unreasonable adoration and they could not handle it, turning to drugs, depression and sexual immorality.
This has happened to many famous celebrities in the world of entertainment. God tells us in the Holy Bible (through the pen of His true servants inspired by the Holy Spirit) that he has all-power; He is omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (everywhere), omniscient (all-knowing), immutable (unchanging), and eternal (everlasting). Those things make God very unique indeed. So since God is the Creator of every creature, and the Father of the entire human race, to say nothing of His being the upholder and sustainer of the entire universe, His position is obviously utterly unique. Every single one of us would not exist but for Him. Therefore we should all be able to see that God deserves great praise, honour and glory. Moreover, the eternal destiny of every single one of us rests in His hands - It is in the hands, power and ultimate decision of Almighty God alone whether any one of us finally inherits eternal life! Therefore, God is, to put it mildly, pretty special! But God's major and supreme reason in demanding glory and praise from us goes far beyond this; it is because it is spiritually developing for us to praise Him. Praising God, whether through singing great and inspiring hymns or by reading the words of the Holy Bible (yes, that too is praising God), moves us forwards spiritually. That is: The Holy Spirit within every true Christian seems to be energized and re-activated whenever we praise our Maker. We become more like Christ and, indeed, the act of praise and worship refreshes our understanding that becoming more like Christ is what the life-journey of the true believer is largely all about, this coupled with our willingness to provide a Christian witness wherever we are able. Robin A. Brace, June, 2008. Atheism is a lack of a belief in deities. They certainly (indirectly) believe in an intelligent designer of the world.
Atheists whether weak or strong do not make this claim, while the children do. Also I never said they were theists I merely said they were not atheists. Keep in mind, that while I m speaking to you, I m also referencing the original link; I may be responding to things said there. For example, when I m talking about theists vs weak atheists, I m referring to what JL Barrett is quoted as saying in the article: If we threw a handful on an island and they raised themselves I think they would believe in God. Notice that he is saying that they would believe in God, not in a god, or deistic/animistic forces. He makes the logical conclusion that since kids see patterns they ll become monotheists, specifically with a belief in God (capital G). This is exactly the same thing that I said earlier, where you said I was unfounded. I said if you reset society we d get a new set of gods; very likely evolving into a similar vein of monotheism as society rebuilt and advanced and the more powerful memes propagated; eventually moving towards secular humanism as science and philosophy replace superstition and fiction moving past a primitive conception of a needy, jealous god towards either no god or a god so redefined and nebulous that it becomes a non-issue. As has been happening with less fundamental areas of Monotheistic religions. God has become a force so far removed from reality that you can t tell the difference between believers and non-believers, unless you look on Sunday. And I m not talking about hypocritical Christians that sin when nobody is looking, I m talking about Moderate, Morally upstanding Christians and Moderate, Morally upstanding Atheists. We don t need the crutch any more. (Educated/financially stable) People are ready to just live together without the need of an imaginary friend. Deborah Kelemen interviewed preschoolers from Britain and the US. Preschoolers have had plenty of time to be subtlety influenced by society into belief in a creator.
The sample size needs to include non-westerner children (Hindus, Taoists, Atheists, Etc); and also needs to account for linguistic bias. English is a purpose-driven language, so it is hard to describe things neutrally. They even admit the limited sample size may affect their results. The other studies where they had 3-year-olds to compare cognitive abilities of God with their Parents is a bit suspect; what have they been told about God? If they ve been told he knows everything, then when asked if he d be fooled like their parents, the only logical response is no, a god (that knows everything) would not be fooled. They were studying Catholic children and asked them if a Catholic god would know what was in a gourd. I like his Minimal counter-intuitiveness theory; it ties in well with my view of humans as superstitious story-tellers. Religion and Prosociality is also fine. So yes, if you survey (Catholic) children between 3 and 7, they think God can detect the contents of Gourds. If you ask English-speaking, Western children between 3 and 6 if pointy rocks in a drawing are piled up over time or sharp so they don t get crushed by animals, many will say they re pointy so they don t get crushed; which requires LESS creation than them being piled up, piled rocks imply a pile-er; rocks wanting to not be smashed implies that the rocks themselves have desires/purpose. This is a huge way away from implying that they believe in a specific creator, or any creator for that matter. Your claim is not directly backed by the study you linked. I understand that humans are wired to accept religion, but I also understand that children are atheists towards unknown deities until they learn otherwise (while also learning everything else from their parents/peers).
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