Why does God demand worship if He is benevolent
I don’t see the two as mutually exclusive for at least 4 to 5 reasons:
We have much to be thankful for. What do we have to be thankful for?
• A universe that works
• Friends and family
• And on and on…..
Justice & Reciprocity. Part of our thankfulness for the benevolence which God extended first is service. This in one way creates the reciprocity in the relationship. If you believe our very existence is because of Him, its 100% consistent.
The Fundamental Nature Parental Relationships. For instance, your relationships with your parents when you are younger is probably imbued with healthy amounts of both followership and benevolence. A relationship with God is relationship about both his grace and glory. These two parts of God’s being are an intrinsic part of who he is. Worshiping him is part of his glory. This seeming paradox answers many of his criticisms.
Developing Humility, Service, and the Fruits of the Spirit. Additionally, the role of humility, self control and discipline are all important in terms of growing toward being a better human as well as one who lives consistently with natural law. We have to learn service and sacrifice.
Otherness. Overall its part of the process of going from ego to other-related as well as truly thankful for our blessings and gifts–and to the Awesomeness of God.
Realizing Our Role in the Universe. If he did make the universe, he deserves adoration and praise. He created everything thats great about science, sports, life, and love. He’s the pan-ultimate inventor…of everything.
Behind this is an underlying question–which lies at the heart of most skeptical inquiries into the nature of faith and a loving relationship with God:
But why doesn’t God act more like I think he should? Why doesn’t is his reasoning different from my reasoning? The same could be said of any parent-child relationship. The same could be said of the relationship of humans to animals. The animals don’t understand humans. The idea that humans can understand fully understand a God that is infinite–that transcends human existence is a bit simplistic. Its like your Lego men questioning how you build your Lego castle (in our case, Gods ordering of the universe made possible free will, instead of a robot-like existence). Kierkeggard points out that Gods character is mystery and like the early stages of a loving relationship.