Let me preface this by saying that I am not here for an argument or anything of that sort. I’m genuinely in search of an answer as I love God and Catholicism so much, but this one thing has continuously held me back. I’ve even overcome doubts centered on social justice, which I thought would forever hold me back. (I don’t think I’m pro-abortion anymore, etc.) The more I think about this one issue, though, the more confused I am. Here’s my question:
Why is it that God wants us to glorify Him? I researched this and most people said that God wants us to glorify Him because we can only experience true love and joy through His glorification. And this sort of makes sense to me but there’s one main thing that I don’t get.
God is omnipotent, so why did He make it so that He is the only way we can feel joy and love? It comes across as selfish to me, and I know that’s wrong to say, but I can’t shake this doubt from my mind. Why did He make it so that we have to praise Him in order to be happy? It feels like He’s withholding love and joy for his own personal gain.
I’m sorry if I’ve come off as disrespectful at all in this. I really do want to figure this out, so I’d appreciate any kind feedback if you may… I’ve reached out to numerous people, including an abbess at a nearby convent, but I have yet to hear back from anyone. So I figured there’s no harm in asking here?
Thanks for reading, sorry for the long topic.