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Can any creator of our universe really have an interest is us? The universe is massive and we in the West are selfish and evil to each other.

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Thank you for asking us your question about the existence of God and why he would care for us. 

There are a number of aspects to this question. But what it all seems to boil down to is the following. The universe is so unimaginably huge. So many in the world are living in such poverty, and so many people don't care, especially in the West. In addition, many people narrow-mindedly think that by simply going to church, praying and putting money in collection they will be 'saved'. Given all of this: why in the world would God care about any of us, in the slightest?

Both the Bible and experience teach plainly that the universe is unbelievably big. We don't need the Bible to tell us that, but the Bible does say it. For example, God challenges Abraham to count the stars (Genesis 15:3-5). Clearly, God doesn't think this is possible for a human being; the universe is far too big and the number of stars are too many. In fact, in Psalm 8:3-4, we read a prayer to God: “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him? And the son of man that You care for him?”

Again, the Bible and experience both teach that many are suffering in poverty. I almost hate to say this, but the Bible seems to teach that no matter what we do, there will still always be people suffering with poverty. So long as mankind rejects God, there will always be wickedness, selfishness and unfortunately poverty.

Jesus indicated in Matthew 26:11 that the poor will always be with us. He was picking up on Deuteronomy 15:11 from the Old Testament, which says the poor will always be in the land. Only when there is a new universe, a new world, only then will poverty be gone. Only then there won't be any crying anymore, or sorrow, or misery (Revelation 22:1-5). So yes, poverty is unfortunately the lot of many and it's tragic. But it reminds us that this world is spoiled and we ought to look beyond it to another. The knowledge of poverty also ought to cause us to call upon God to help those who need it.

In addition, we ourselves should seek to help those who are poor and suffering, as the Bible requires us to do. The Bible repeatedly expects this of people, especially of Christians. We are to open our hands wide to others (Deuteronomy 15:8). We are to eagerly be concerned to care for those who have very little (Galatians 2:10).

The book of Proverbs has some beautiful verses which tell us that by giving to others, God will repay us with blessing (see for example Proverbs 11:24). And Jesus once said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). It is best for the poor that we give, but surprisingly, it is also best for us. Not to mention, it honours God.

In fact, by holding back from giving, people choose to refuse blessing from God. They do this because they don't believe God and they don't believe that God will reward them for giving. So they just don't give. They amass and store up. But so often, they don't end up happier for it. Just because people have a great deal does not mean they are blessed. Notice Proverbs 11:24 again: “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want”. Those who want to 'suffer want' – miss out on the blessing of God – should simply seek to amass all they can get for themselves, without a thought for others. But they will know what it is to 'suffer want', as the Bible says. In short, the West really should be far more concerned for the multitudes in this world who have so little. So taken up with our own lives, so anxious, so worried, so stressed, perhaps one of the key things we need for our own good is to care about the poor more than we do.

In light of all of this, why should God care about us? This is an outstanding question because it's not the kind of question many think about. Usually people ask, Why doesn't God care more about us?

I was once asked by some teenagers, 'Why does God allow suffering?' The question was not one I particularly wanted, because it's such a hard question. However, I replied, 'God doesn't owe humanity anything. We don't deserve anything from God. Look at us. We don't care about God. And we don't care much for others'. 

God chose to love this world so much, in spite of our many, many evils. He did not have to, but He chose to. Out of His great love for us, God sacrificially gave His Son, to die on the cross to take away all our crimes against Him. All sin, all evil, is ultimately against God. He is the one who will judge us all for everything we've ever done and every thought we've ever thought. He will even judge the secrets of our hearts (Romans 2:16).

As all sin is ultimately directed against God, it stands to reason that only God can deal with sin. God has dealt with sin, 2,000 years ago, on an old Roman cross. God sent His Son to take our sin and die for us. Instead of ruining and wrecking us for all we've done, God sent a substitute to die in our place. This was so that God didn't have to destroy us all in Hell forever, which is what we deserve.

So the truth is that God does care about this world – a great, great deal, but He didn't have to. Since He has chosen to love us like this, we ought to embrace His love. We should take hold of Jesus, His Son, with both arms. And if God has so loved us, we ought to love others and care for others (1 John 4:11).

The right response to God's love is not just to go to church – though this can be a brilliant help, so long as Jesus Christ is preached there. God wants from us is for us to believe, to trust in His Son, Jesus Christ. One of the most well known verses in the Bible says: "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Have you believed in Jesus Christ? Have you trusted in Jesus? Rest, by faith, in Him. You will find that if you do that, God will change your life and cause you to care about Him, to be less selfish, and to care more about others. 

I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com

In closing, I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. I know they would be delighted to further answer you as well as offer prayer and support as you continue your spiritual journey: www.lookingforgod.com/churchfinder

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