Before becoming Christian you could often hear me say that I was a good person. My Modus Operandi was to work hard, volunteer some of my time and treat others with respect. You know, do a little bit of karma. I wasn’t concerned with why God loves us. I was a good person, by my standards, and that was enough.
Imagine my shock and disagreement when a close friend told me that God didn’t care about whether I was a good or bad person. And that God loved me just as I am. Everything I thought I knew had nothing to do with why God loves us. This might be shocking to know. But the truth is that He really doesn’t care about the good things we do. It’s not like He needs our willingness and abilities to get stuff done. He is God after all.
Here’s my list of myths for why God loves us. Whether you’re a believer or not, you might be able to resonate with some.
1) I am a good person. I do good things.
2) I obey the Bible. Ok, I obey most of the Bible. Points for trying?
3) I give (volunteer) my time to help others.
4) I am better than that other person
5) I am saved by grace
6) I love God
7) I attend Church
8) I tithe
9) I read my bible
10) I pray
These misconceptions get ingrained in us from a young age. Maybe it’s because every god from mythology required humans to earn their love. And it was usually only the smartest, strongest, prettiest and bravest that earned their love. I’m a big fan of Greek mythology. I love the stories of Odysseus and Achilles. I’ve watched the movie Troy numerous times. Some of you might remember the 90’s TV movie The Odyssey. But let’s be real. Do we really want to have to earn love? It can’t be done.
You know, there is one way to know when someone loves you. It’s when they’ve accepted all your quirks and faults. 1 John 1:19 says that God loved us first regardless of all that. It says, “We love because He first loved us.”
We can argue with that all we want. But the bottom line is that we’re better off being loved unconditionally. Imagine how you’d like your relationships with others to be. Do you want it to be based off of what you do for them? Would you want to have to do a list of good things to earn their love? Now imagine they’re trying to do the same thing. You’ll both get nowhere.
So let’s keep it simple and just accept that we’re better off not having to earn God’s love. Don’t buy into the myths of why God loves us. Salvation is free.
What’s your Modus Operandi? Got any myths you’d like to share?
Fun fact: Karma is not a Christian belief. Karma means you get what you deserved and salvation by grace is the exact opposite of that.
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