Questions and Response
So should we pray for things for ourselves? Or just pray for others? What is the balance between focusing on others and self care?
I don’t think that there needs to be a distinction between how often you pray for yourself or others necessarily. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray continually,” and I highly doubt that anyone on the planet is narcissistic enough to pray about themselves 24/7! In the simplest answer, you would probably end up praying for yourself and others as often as you think of your own needs or others.
God is selfish. He created all these people just so we have to praise him. He’s basically saying if you don’t praise me you burn in hell. That’s selfish. It’s like a king saying if you don’t worship me you die. Honestly God seems just as bad as the fake profits and demons. Like what was his point in creating us? Was it so that we could entertain him or because he was fishing for compliments and need a nation to give him them. And since not enough people were giving him compliments he made a deal with the devil to burn those who don’t. So then all these people got scared and forced themselves to worship him for the wrong reason. I’m so sure that if hell DIDN’T exist almost everyone would not have a reason to worship God and wouldn’t be scared anymore and would just stop worshiping him.
While there have been plenty of religions that view God as selfish; that has seldom been a view among the followers of Jesus. In reading the creation story of Genesis 1 – God’s pronouncement at the end of each day is that it is good. That is a pronouncement of someone who is taking delight in the work of their hands. Jesus’ followers viewed God’s creation of the world, of angels, of humans, etc. as an extension of God’s goodness and love. The incredible pictures of worship in the Gospels is a result of people encountering the goodness, love, freedom, and reorientation to life (salvation) that Jesus brings. Fear, especially of God, is something that Jesus seeks to deliver his followers from. We would recommend you take another look at the God Jesus describes. James Bryan Smith has written a helpful book – The Good and Beautiful God – that along with a renewed look at the Bible will paint a whole new picture of God.