Originally posted by no1marauder
What are Christianity's answers, in your view, to your question 2 and 3?
2) God's purpose was to share the perfect life He has. He is love, happiness, joy and eternal life.
If He had simply created them already in Heaven, they would have had no free will, and thus could never truly choose to love Him. So He created us on Earth, with free will. However, the Earth we received at first was perfect. And we could choose to walk with God or reject Him. When we rejected Him, we fell, as did the world. Sin is like a virus of the soul. Since God is everything good, if you reject Him, you become the antithesis of good (evil). Since the antithesis of eternal life is death, we were willingly dying just to reject God. Man was in a sad state of affairs. We had chosen to reject God and He could have left it at that and began anew. But He loved us too much. So He looked for and found a group of people who would be His beacon to the world. People who could show that man didn't have to be selfish, evil beings doomed to die. People who would one day be ready for God Himself to enter the world and offer man eternal freedom from the plague of sin. So God gave Moses the Laws that would set them on the path back to God. If they followed these Laws, it showed they had faith in God to forgive them, because they despised sin and loved Him. But NOTHING man can do can defeat sin. So God loved us enough to make Himself finite. To enter the world as a human baby and suffer and die as a human man. Imagine being reincarnated as a slug while retaining your human thoughts. God did that for love of us. The infinite became finite. Since the penalty of sin is death, He gave up His own life so we could have ours. His death on that cross created the vaccine. Since He had willingly lived a sinless life, His perfect blood is our vaccine. If we believe He did it, and rose again to defeat death, and make Him Lord of our lives, we receive what He's wanted for us all along--eternity with Him sharing in His glory and power and love. If we went to Heaven now, we couldn't enjoy it, because sin would gnaw at us. His happiness would spark our jealousy. His love would spark our hatred. His power would spark our resentment. As we walk in the Lord, however, sin becomes less and less a temptation for us. We begin to see it as God sees it--as a plague--rather than through our veiled eyes. What is money to happiness? What is power to mutual servitude? What is lust to love? God knew this all along, and--like children--we've been ignoring what's best for us. But--like children--if we ignore it too long, we will have to face the consequences.
3) I believe I addressed most of this, but Man's character is vile. We are incapable of selflessness. Oh, sure, we can attain fleeting moments of it, but our sin nature always provails. No matter how happy we are for a friend, we can't supress a feeling of jealosy. No matter how much we love our spouse, their faults are always magnified the more the novelty wears off. We have contempt for other's faults and downplay our own. Sin is a drug. At first it gives you pleasure, but the more you do it, the more it destroys you. You go from wanting it to needing it. And since our souls are eternal, if we choose the drug of sin over God, we lose Him and His love and happiness and instead get more of the drug. We have eternity to get more and more jealous until we suffer from it. We are incapable of happiness because we are consumed by jealousy. Or lust. Or power. Or hatred.
But God loved us too much to leave us to that fate. He explained it all to us 2,000 years ago in a small city in a small country. He captivated us with His limitless brilliance and love. He rebuked our sinful natures and showed us a better way. His name means more to us--love or hate of it--than anything else. And then He shared in our suffering, took in all of the pain we'd ever have, on that cross. He did it to show His love for us. As they mocked Him, He prayed for them. As they spit on Him, He forgave them still. As He rose and ascended into Heaven, 12 men set out to share His gift with the world. In these last days, His anger--which is slow to kindle--is filling to the brim and will soon overflow. But even when He judges a deserving and sinful world, His love will show as millions more come to Him.
When I looked into the Mirror and saw my true self, saw us as we really are when compared to Him, I wept. He is Holy. We are corrupt. We hate each other. He will always love us. We are selfish by nature. He died in our place.
For that, I will always love Him.