Hypothetically, if the abrahamic god created humans just so they can worship him and then punishes those who do not believe and then don't live their life by "his word" then that would just mean he has a really bad ego problem combined with intolerant totalitarianism.
Haven't you ever made something beautiful or wonderful and felt the wonderful feeling of stepping back and seeing other people's pleased reactions when they enjoy what you made? Perhaps that's why. It's a truly wonderful feeling.
Hypothetically, we were created to worship him basically leading us to believe we are manifestations of his insecurity and loneliness.
He could not have "loved us" before he created us so he could not want to be "loved back" but rather "loved and worshiped" then simply for his dark atheist aloneness. Though seemingly magnificent- at one time he was but an all powerful atheist.
Why do people have flower gardens? We don't "need" them. Because we love flowers, we want something to take care of. We don't tend every individual flower every minute, but we look out over our garden, make sure it is doing as well as possible, and take pride in what we have grown.
Similar To Planning To Have A Baby, Parents General- ly Want To Procreate An Extension Of Themselves To Love. ------------------------------ Scripture Quote ------------------------------ John 3:16 The Message (MSG) 16-18 This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. ----------------------------- God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. ----------------------------------- Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? -------------------------------- Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
Betty you surprise me. Why not fall back on the old reliable " it's a mystery" or the insulting "we can't comprehend his whole purpose"? Your views to this point seemed solidly in lockstep with the old Book of Fables, I wonder why you would raise such a point, or are you just trolling?
Mormons have a scripture in which God states "This is my work and my glory - to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man". I think this defines His role and our place in that role. This suggests that all that He has done, does, and will do is to enable us (His children) to achieve a state of becoming as He is - to be able to share in all that He has, to receive of His fullness, and enjoy the quality of life He enjoys. His work consists of creating the conditions necessary for this to occur. This work began in our premortal state, continues now in mortality, and will continue in the eternities. These conditions include providing the directives (commandments) and enabling us to keep these commandments. These commandments provide the information regarding what is needed to grow into becoming an exalted beings. Mortality is a time in which much of this work (growth) is to be completed. To grow appropriately the state of mortality requires the conditions to learn good from evil, oppositional forces (a role for Satan) to overcome which is a strengthening process, agency which God respects and will not remove even though He has been criticized for not removing it and thus terrible things have happened, repentance and forgiveness (made possible by the atonement) which removes the restrictions which can result from mistakes made in the learning and growing process. The commandment "love the Lord thy God" rather than reflecting the selfishness of a very insecure Being could instead represent the greatest growth promoting force there is. Prior to His ascension, Christ asked Peter three times "lovest thou me?" Each time Peter stated he did, and three times he received the answer "feed my sheep". What greater good is there than "feeding the sheep"? Love of God provides the motivation for developing the ability to keep this commandment and the willingness to keep it. To develop this ability and willingness could well require ones greatest effort. If and when it is achieved it will result in an exalted person saying "love me and keep my commandments". In this God will experience glory.