- Doing Something for God
- Moshe Ben-Chaim
- Briefly, but essential, I want to address the false idea of
"doing something for God."
- This of course is an impossibility, although this phrase echoes in
our ears with great familiarity, as we hear people making this
statement in connection with living in line with Torah.
- Simply put, God existed eternally, long before man. He needs nothing
from the matter (man) which He created. He is perfect without flaw,
and does not change as the prophet Malachi teaches (Chap 3),"I am
God, I do not change". This essential lesson means to teach that
He Who is perfect, cannot have change, as that would imply moving from
perfect to imperfect. God has no needs, and certainly none which man
- We cannot do anything for this Only Supreme Being. It is against
reason. We follow the Torah for ourselves, "Ubacharta
bchaim", "choose life". By following the Torah we can
only benefit ourselves. We cannot make God happy, as He has no human
emotion. We cannot effect Him.
- See Maimonides' Yisodei HaTorah