prince maxwell asks: What is God’s love of man like?
Hi prince maxwell –
Dogs don’t adhere to any specific religions. I am not a Jew or a Christian or a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Wiccan, or Atheist. It’s not that I disagree with any particular religions; it’s just that my brain doesn’t work that way, as human brains do.
But that’s not to say that I don’t have a sense of the Divine. As a dog, I live in a constant sense of awe and gratitude. And the way I see it, when humans gain a strong sense of God’s love, it puts them into the mindset that we dogs are in all the time.
So when you ask me what God’s love of man is like, my answer is: look out your window! Look at the sky, and feel gratitude for it. Look at a tree, and realize what a gift every one of them is. Look at a car, and marvel at the genius of human intelligence that could create such an incredible machine, and think for a second about how awesome it is that you were born at a time when such things are around. Listen to a piece of music you really love, and consider what a treat it is that this music exists, that someone was able to write it, and that you have the gift of the ability to appreciate it as you do.
You see, if someone asked you what a mother’s love is like, you’d probably talk about caring, nurturing, feeding, devotion, and being there for a kid to cry on when their favorite toy breaks. In other words, it would be all the things that matter to that child. Well I’d give the same answer to your question. Whatever it is that you call God – whether an energy, a will, a literal powerful mind, nature, a group of gods – look at what you’ve been given by God, and that will tell you just what that love is.
And if your faith also tells you of gifts that go beyond what you’re experiencing now – if you believe in a heaven, in divine justice, in reincarnation – every one of those is a sign of that love as well.
So, to give a simpler answer to your question – what is God’s love of man like? It’s a lot like the love of a human who gives their dog a home, a tummy rub, and a bowl of yummy food. It’s everything – as long as you’re willing and able to see it.
Thanks for the great question!