B. The cynic finds a selfish motive in every action:
—He helped her when she was struggling.
"He just wanted her to like him."
—She gave all her money to the poor.
"She just wanted to be praised for her generosity."
—He sacrificed his life for his company.
"What is self-sacrifice but a fruit of romantic self-aggrandizement?"
C. In God, however, the cynic can find no ulterior motive. Why? Because, since God is infinitely good and lacks no perfection, nothing outside of his own being can benefit God. A fairly common misunderstanding of creation claims that God made us so we would praise him, as if to say that God somehow profits from our existence by means of the praise we render him. This is false, though. If the end of human life is to know, love and serve God, and God wills this for us, then he wills it for our benefit and not for his. If God, in Christ, purchased us from Satan on the cross, he did so not in order to profit from the exchange, but as a free gift to us. Creation is for the benefit of the created, because the goodness of the creator is so great that he delights in sharing himself.