Excerpt from When God Goes To Starbucks by Paul Copan

When human creatures show love for God and others, this doesn’t mean such actions are motivated by nothing more than punishment-avoidance and reward-mindedness. The sheer enjoyment of God’s presence-the greatest good of humans-and his approval of us are reward enough. C.S. Lewis offers a delightful picture: Money is not the natural reward of love; that is why we call a man mercenary if he marries a woman for the sake of her money. But marriage is the proper reward for a real lover, and he is not mercenary for desiring it…Those who have attained everlasting life in the vision of God know very well that it is no mere bribe, but the very consummation of their earthly discipleship. God has made us to relate to him and to one another-to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Ultimately, we flourish when living by “the Jesus Creed.” God’s commands have our best interests in mind-they are “for your good” (Deut. 10:13, 8:16, 30:9) we harm ourselves when we try to create our own reality.

 

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