Love God; Don't Mind Your Own Unhappiness
What does it mean to love God?
Christ Jesus said to love God but hate money. Then, at least, we have to hate money to love God. And then what?
Christ Jesus did not specify concrete acts as acts of loving God. But nonetheless, He requested mankind to love God. It suggests that mankind know what to love God is.
From the beginning if you deny existence of God, you don't love God. But if you admit existence of God, you might think God has nothing to do with God. Then you don't love God. If you think there must be some relationship between God and mankind as a whole, you might still think that God never helps you personally. Then you don't love God.
The right answer seems to be like this: From the beginning God created mankind so as to make them love him. The true reason why each of mankind lives is for him/her to love God.
In other word, God does not expect each of mankind to become happy. God requests each person to love God without minding his/her happiness. It is because it is God that created each of mankind. However, can mankind accept this theory? Can they sacrifice their happiness for love to God?
However, this theory explains why there are so many people who believe in God but die a terrible death each. God can compensate any tragedies believers suffer in this world. God can give unthinkable happiness to anyone who lives a miserable life and dies a terrible death in Heaven.
The fact that God never unconditionally saves unhappy followers in this world means that our loving God must be done in one condition that it must be done even in unhappiness without interference of God.
There must be various ways of loving God. You may be even a pious Buddhist or Hindu. Some part of the essence of any religion must lead to God. You don't have to be a Christian or a Muslim to love God.
In theory as God created this universe, mankind is just part of God. To love ourselves means also to love part of God. But, God has made it clear that we have to love God more than we love ourselves, part of God.
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Act 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
Act 4:30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.