Does God need us to love him?

Human-like artificial intelligence. Does their creator need to be loved by them? Will they rebel? Photo: Haley Joel Osment and Jude Law in A.I.

A Christian perspective.

A.I. (2001) speculates on artificial intelligence in the future and asks, does the creator need the creature to love him back?

It is an important question for artificial intelligence. In other words, when humans create a new life form, such as human-like artificial intelligence, would the creator need to be loved by this new life form?

A.I. even goes one step further: try to understand artificial intelligence by going back to the start, with the Creator, God. Does the Creator need his creatures to love him?

Then, do the creatures that humans create, such as David, need to be loved back, as they have this intrinsic need to be loved?  

The A.I. David hopes the “Blue Fairy” (a character in the book Pinocchio) will grant him his wish of being loved. David will have to become a real boy, loved because he is a real boy, so it takes him on a journey through the “new earth” to find what he is looking for.

But go back to the start, with the original Creator. Does God have a need? Is God needy? Did God create humans out of need? Does God really need humans to love him? Does the self-sufficiency of God beg the question that he does not need?

I think this goes to the very heart of God. The Bible says that God is love so in his heart is pure love for his creatures. God will love irrespective of getting love back from his creatures. God goes on loving. So, is A.I. asking the right question, that God has a need? It is one of those tricky theological questions again, but God is. In the Bible, God is the I AM. The Alpha, the Omega, the beginning, and the end. Not how much we love God back, but how much God loves us—this is the undeniable fact of his love for us.

We can love our “creatures” like this, with care.

Center

Spirituality is subjective. Christian spirituality would have to be centered on Jesus Christ, but cannot be about “who is Jesus for you”, as therefore Jesus could be anybody who fits your description of Jesus and not the gospel’s.

There can be many spirits, but only one Spirit from Jesus Christ. There can be many false Christs, but only one Christ from history, who can reveal himself to us today–the only true Jesus Christ as shown to us in the gospel. The question to our spirituality, from which Christian spirituality flows, is do we believe in this Christ?

Background to today’s poem

The poem I published this week, Widow’s Mite, may seem harsh on the rich, it seems to have an attitude. Yes it does. That’s because I don’t like the pretentions of the wealthy where it appears and their negligence of the poor where it appears.

My attitude may be personal. I try to listen to my Bible as well. The Old Testament casts down the greedy and criticizes their blind eye to those in need. The rich man went away from Jesus sad when he could not follow Jesus and give all he had to the poor, in the New Testament.

Greed is not good where it comes in its various forms. I don’t like it in myself when I strive getting another rare CD, but try to bring it into perspective and change my priorities.

I always admired the widow in Jesus’ story who gave all she had to live on, presumably what ever she had left over after paying her expenses, to the poor. Jesus was pleased with her more than the people who gave out of their wealth, presumably they had plenty left over after their expenses were paid and only gave some of it.

It’s the selfless giving to the needs in the community that commended the widow, from all she had. But the rich had much more to give out of their wealth.

Belief

“Blessed are those who have not seen yet still believe” is what Jesus said to Thomas, a disciple of Jesus, who needed evidence that Jesus had resurrected from the dead. Jesus provided the evidence. Himself! Who was Jesus referring to when he said, “Blessed are those who have not seen yet still believe”? You, me, everyone else who did not physically see Jesus after his resurrection. The only qualifying thing is belief–in Jesus. They are blessed, because just believing in Jesus can be a blessing. This Jesus who makes life conquer death.

More

One of the themes at the movies asks if there is more to this life. It is there in horrors — something other worldly and usually rotten invades the real world — it is there in drama — as in At Eternity’s Gate (2018) where Van Gogh needs something more to paint on his canvas, perhaps a glimpse of the after world in its goodness is seen in nature. Is it there in spiritual fantasy — Field of Dreams (1989) where a voice guides a farmer to build baseball stadium, and in biblical epics — King of Kings (1961) where the Son of God ‘arrives’ on earth as a man. In my experience, there is more to this life, and in the experience of others. From a Christian perspective, the language of the Christian’s book, the Bible, is spiritual and informs us of a God beyond this world and involved with this world and in Jesus Christ who can give spiritual life to spiritually dead people. Yes, there is more to this life.