The question was posed by radio host Dennis Prager yesterday and, I must admit, it has me thinking. Prager was not questioning the existence of God, but whether the presence of evil and suffering makes God naturally unlovable — or at least, difficult to love.
The question is not, Is God worthy of love? or Is God loving? But, Is God lovable? Many of the callers to the show seemed to miss — or avoid — the question. To me, the reality of evil and suffering form some of the most compelling arguments against the existence of God. Still, I’d never heard the issue framed as Prager did. Do Siamese twins think God is lovable? Do the parents of a 9 year old child dying of cancer think God is lovable? Does the husband whose wife was killed by a drunk driver think God is lovable? If you’re honest, you gotta admit that disease, pain, tragedy, force us to grapple with the nature of God.
Prager’s thesis is that the reason we’re commanded to love God (Deut. 6:5) is precisely because He is not loveable. He suggests we are not commanded to do something that comes natural for us — precisely because it is natural for us; rather, we’re commanded to do things that are unnatural, difficult, yet necessary. In other words, God commands us to love Him, not because He is lovable and it’s the most pleasant thing to do, but because it’s the right thing to do.
Anyway, you can download a podcast of that 1 hour show or listen to an audio player version here. The majority of calls were from Christians and Prager manages his position well. I’m still wrestling with the issue myself, but what do you think: Is God lovable?