God is real, not empty talk. Christ had come and finished his work of salvation; God had demonstrated his unconditional love for us. How can we not love God? I believe it's because of our self-love. We need to be loved and put ourselves in place of God to love ourselves. What does that accomplish? Nothing, because it's a dead end ~ it just shuts God's love out of our life. It's by replacing this self-love with God's love that we can break out of our self-isolation and be set free, for God is greater than us. By letting in God's love, we become greater too.