Selfish God

So, interesting thought I came across. Something I had been pondering awhile and something atheists like to bring up to sorta give a bad taste to Christianity.

“The Bible says that God is a SELFISH God. Doesn’t God say to NOT be selfish? Isn’t that hypocritical of your precious God, and a bit egotistical?”

I never really figured out a good answer to that one. I mean, other than the fact that God is sorta the one this world revolves around, since he created it and all. But it still had that bad taste I couldn’t get rid of, you know? There was something about that statement that assumed something that wasn’t fair to assume, and I couldn’t figure out what. But a couple weeks ago, my pastor brought up the subject in his sermon, and I found his analysis to be very useful.

The first thing we have to look at when thinking about this topic is what the word “selfish” really means. When we use the word selfish, it has a bad taste to it because the action of being selfish is, well, self-centered. Why is being self-centered a bad thing, though? It’s usually because the person being selfish isn’t worthy of it. They don’t have the right to make the world revolve around them because they almost never are fully responsible for their success. There’s ALWAYS a team element to any kind of success. As a band, to get big, you have to have fans, connections with people who can get you where you want to be, and talent. As a corporate executive, you never get where you are by yourself. You have people that work under you, that you pay to do things for you that you could never do yourself. Yes, you may be responsible for much of the company’s success, but the rest of the company is also responsible for the company’s success. Nobody can ever accomplish ANYTHING alone, there’s always something/someone else backing you, whether indirectly or directly. So when someone starts acting like it’s all about them, people get mad because there are way more people that also deserve the attention that that person is attempting to usurp.

Here’s the difference. God had NOBODY backing him. He actually DID do everything himself. He created something from nothing. There was nothing previous to the universe except HIM. He actually does deserve the glory because he is completely and utterly worthy. So yes, he is a selfish God. And it’s not egotistical because it CAN’T be, in that sense. He wants us to worship him because he really is all there is. So there.
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About Derek

Well hello there. I'm a thoughtful chap who loves God and swing dancing. I tend to live in the moment with the future in mind, and I try make everything as worth it as possible. And if I can do something that makes me look silly, making my friends laugh, I'll probably do it. View all posts by Derek

2 responses to “Selfish God

  • Jay

    Hmmm, yeah that’s a really good way to think of it. It’s always bothered me when I’ve heard things like how God is selfish or He’s jealous or things like that. Thanks for this, Derek… It was really helpful. :)

  • Inquisitive Moose

    That’s a good way to look at it. Also, something my youth pastor told me before is that God is selfish FOR us. He wants us for Himself. He doesn’t want sin getting between us, because He knows that He is the best thing for us.

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