God is God. Of course god can have all kinds of meanings. What does god mean to you? We can assume that you want him to be loving, whatever that means, but what about just? Do you believe in a god who punishes the bad people, the people who really deserve it? And how does this god know who really deserves to be punished? You can see how this defining god thing gets tricky really quickly.
According to the Holy Bible, God defines Himself as holy, righteous and just, loving and forgiving. But are we holy? Do we even know what that means? Again, the Bible says that there is no falsehood in God. Have we ever told a lie? It also says that He is pure, then the Bible lists a whole bunch of things we have to do to be pure – not as pure as Him, mind you, but pure enough to talk to Him. So have we ever had sex outside of marriage? Actually, the priests that served before God weren’t supposed to have sex at all during the time of their service. And we’re not supposed to eat any pork products, like ham, sausage, bacon, pepperoni. We can’t eat shrimp or crab, either. We can’t eat food that has been blended, like tangelos or pluots or GMOs. And we’re not supposed to wear clothes with blended fabrics, either. There’s a bunch more, but I think you get my point.
The Bible describes God as a refiner’s fire. To my understanding, standing before God is like being put through a super hot fire, where all of your impurities are burned away. Based on the list above, we have a lot of impurities. The Bible says our very nature is sinful. What is left if our very nature is burned away? Nothing. The only way we can survive is if we are protected.
Think of it this way. If a person takes a walk in space, it doesn’t matter if they are good or bad, if they aren’t wearing a spacesuit, they’re dead. Space is what it is and it can’t be anything else. God is what He is too; He can’t be anything else.
But space, you say, is not a conscious being, like God is. Space doesn’t have a choice about being space, but God, that’s different. But how different is it really? Remember, we've already established that God is pure, and that purity is like a fire that's destroys everything that is impure, so the only way God can differentiate Himself from space is if He provides the space suit, the protection needed to stand in His presence.
So let’s consider God as He gets ready to create a new self-aware being, who He, God, can have a relationship with. Obviously God can’t create an equal. There is only one God. So if the creation is not an equal, what are the differences?
Now God, through the natural environment He created for us, has shown that there is a give and take to everything. If God wants a personal relationship, what can He create? If He wants beings that have free will (which is the only way to have a real relationship), what is the affect the beings’ choices will have on their ability to have a relationship with God? And on and on.
Fortunately, we don’t have to guess how God’s dilemma worked out. In the Bible, He makes it clear that He wants a relationship with us and He designed a way. The choice is ours. The protective covering required is the blood of Jesus. Without it, entering into God’s presence after leaving earth is as impossible as walking in space without a space suit or surviving a fiery furnace without firefighting gear.