Love as Proof of God's Existence
In this brief video, we discuss how love is essential for human flourishing - how love is transcendent and points us to a transcendent lover: God.
It's a sad thing to go through life unloved and unappreciated. At times our parents, siblings, friends, significant other - they fail to love or appreciate us. To be fair, we can be guilty of the same. Yet, something in each of us deeply desires to love and be known... to love and to know the heart of another.
Love is just as important to human flourishing as clean water, shelter, healthy food and healthcare. It's a universal need. Yet, love is transcendent. Like consciousness, love is beyond the material universe. I am convinced that our transcendent need for love is evidence of a transcendent lover. God.
Such a thing merely serves as a reason, a marker - pointing us to God. However, it also reveals something about the nature of God as well: that He made us to love and be loved, that He is relational. So it seems to me that understanding love is a good starting point in coming to know the heart of God.
Now critics will point to differing conceptions of love or the fickle nature of hormones and chemical reactions, drawing us back to the material world, failing to address the transcendent nature of love.
Human love can fail. This isn't in dispute. After all, this was my starting point. However, the universal need for transcendent love calls us to direct our hearts homeward... to recognize we are loved and to properly direct our love to He who will not fail.
"Love is patient, love is kind, it is not jealous; love does not brag, it is not arrogant. It does not act disgracefully, it does not seek its own benefit; it is not provoked, does not keep an account of a wrong suffered, it does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; it keeps every confidence, it believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails..." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
So tell us about this loving God!
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but so that the world might be saved through Him." John 3:16-17
In the Bible, Jesus tells us the greatest commandment is to love God... and the second is like this - to love others. Or to quote to Smiths... "I am human and I need to be loved Just like everybody else does..."