There's no better feeling than knowing God loves you. Depending on your belief, that may be a tricky feeling to come by.
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Most religions have a concept of how a God (or multiple gods) feel about us. They can be angry and vengeful, happy and generous, or anything in between. Gaining the omniscient "parent's" love and favor stretches back to the creation of religion itself (maybe farther!).
For The Love Of God
Pretty much everyone would agree that if a god came to us and proved their godhood, we would do anything for them. Without solid evidence, most of us have limitations on what we will or won't do for God's love. While that might be an interesting debate on its own, I'd like to open a discussion about why we want it to begin with.
Feeling 'not good enough' often spreads from career and romance into whether or not we're worthy of God's love. Is this by religious design, or is it an extension of human psychology? Or is it something else?
Good Vs Bad
Religions often have the heaven and hell concept to some degree, labeling some people as 'good' and others as 'bad.' Even without such direct parallels, the duality exists elsewhere: reincarnating up or down the scale, nirvana, blessings, curses, peace and suffering, to name a few. They all carry the same assumption: do things right for good, and wrong is bad.
Nobody asks, "am I bad enough?" Yet the perspective has a valid point, such as, "am I bad enough to be denied heaven?" Instead, we always seem to measure the good independent from bad. Why is this?
Instead of asking 'am I good enough for God's love,' why don't we consider 'am I bad enough for God's indifference?
Why It's Relevant
I propose the reason for our need to be loved by God or the Universe is based on an assumption that he/she/it is keeping score - so that we don't have to. We spend so much time taking stock of our flaws and shortcomings, there's not enough left to think about strengths and virtues. If God loves us, that means the 'bad' is less than the 'good,' and frees us to continue improving those undesirable qualities.
This continues the "life" of that 'not good enough' feeling, and the anxiety that comes with it. While we are scurrying to make amends and repent our sins to fight off the misery, there is a desperate hope that someone, somewhere, is weighing the good. Those that have found God's love, however, usually seem more concerned with increasing the 'good,' rather than their past mistakes.
Is this a psychological factor determined by upbringing, or is it evidence of something more karmic in nature? Share your thoughts and experiences below!
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