When God created mankind He did not make robots to follow His every wish and command, He made thinking, reasoning human beings with the power of choice. This is still true of mankind today. Satan tries to make out that mankind is to follow God blindly, but this is not God's way.
government of God is not, as Satan would make it appear, founded upon a
blind submission, an unreasoning control. It appeals to the intellect
and the conscience.
Come now, and let us reason together is the
Creator's invitation to the beings He has made. Isaiah 1:18. God does
not force the will of His creatures. He cannot accept an homage that is
not willingly and intelligently given. A mere forced submission would
prevent all real development of mind or character; it would make man a
mere automaton. Such is not the purpose of the Creator. He desires that
man, the crowning work of His creative power, shall reach the highest
possible development. He sets before us the height of blessing to which
He desires to bring us through His grace. He invites us to give
ourselves to Him, that He may work His will in us. It remains for us to
choose whether we will be set free from the bondage of sin, to share
the glorious liberty of the sons of God.1
The power to discriminate between right and wrong we can possess only through individual dependence upon God. Each for himself is to learn from Him through His word. Our reasoning powers were given us for use, and God desires them to be exercised. ... In reliance upon Him we may have wisdom to "refuse the evil, and choose the good." James 1:5.2
Paul when writing to the Romans said :-
you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1, 2.
ancient Jewish service it was required that every sacrifice should be
without blemish. In the text we are told to present our bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service.
We are God's workmanship. The psalmist, meditating upon the marvelous
work of God in the human frame, exclaimed,
I am fearfully and
wonderfully made. [Ps. 139:14.] There are many who are educated in the
sciences, and are familiar with the theory of the truth, who do not
understand the laws that govern their own being. God has given us
faculties and talents; and it is our duty, as his sons and daughters,
to make the best use of them.3
you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers
served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the
Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will
serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15.
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