I cannot do what I like?
People generally do not like to be told what to do especially when they know what is expected of them. When someone says to your face that you cannot do, what you like or what you want, something usually rises in you to resist being controlled. However, no one will dispute the fact that there are definitely needs for guidance or rules that can be trusted to work all the time. The need for control, regulation, and guidance is a real need when you are dealing with human beings.
The reason? Because unfortunately people cannot be trusted to do what is right all the time. Therefore, “you cannot do what you like” is not such a controlling statement as you would have thought at first. You might say; I do not need to be controlled by others, I am a law unto myself. Well, is that true? How would you know what right and wrong is for instance in relation to paying taxes or speed limits, if you are a law unto yourself? No, for particular aspects of life, we need particular guidance from particular persons. Even if you think you are a law unto yourself and do not impact people negatively, you still need to know how and why you should conduct yourself in relation to particular situations.
Consider the laws and constitutions of the world, they are witnesses to our inability to control ourselves and it does not matter how much human rights we give ourselves, there is a point that everyone has to come to the conclusion, ‘until here and no further for humans less they cause anarchy’. In our constitutions, people realize that though we all want as much freedom as we can get, there is a very definite need to curb certain freedoms.
Human rights are where we all agree more or less it is all right to sanction ungodliness like the killing of unborn babies on demand for instance and the human rights we give ourselves are nothing more than the grade to which we allow ourselves ungodliness in constitutions. In contrast, God did not give us a list of human rights; all He expects of us is to have a relationship with Him and originally, we only had to obey one rule. Therefore, we are going to look at how God intended us to conduct ourselves and see if we were originally a law unto ourselves or did, He intended something else.
The Original Law:
Gen 2:15-17 KJV “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Just by the way, it was not an apple.
The giving of a law before they, Adam and Eve was sent out into the world means that they were not made to live without a law. This seems almost like a control measure, as if God did not want them to take over the place, but if you read the context of Genesis one that could never be the case. They were given dominion over everything on earth in Genesis one. Therefore, why give them a law if they were the kings of the world?
It was the way God showed them their status, animals had instinct to live by and instinct is not choice, but it is a fixed, programmed-in way of life. In other words, a lion cannot change his assignment to become like a dog or bear, he can only stay a lion within the confines of his nature, no freewill to speak of. In contrast, Adam had choice to go beyond what God wanted of him and had been given a choice not to obey the God given directive, which means he was a blessed ruler of the earth made sinless, but had the ability to go beyond that.
Note the law was not you must not kill, steal, or destroy, but you must only obey not to eat of a certain tree, it could hardly be easier to obey something like that.
However, what is very sad about the whole law aspect was that because they could not obey the most basic of rules, the breaking of that one rule was the beginning of a myriad of other laws that had to be kept. No wonder the tree they were not supposed to eat of was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The breaking of the first law was like opening a bottle of Champaign that was shaken, it suddenly burst open with other laws that had to be kept because man now knew what it was to do evil and that evil had to be kept in check by the hundreds and thousands of laws that had to be formulated.
Therefore, man was made by God and given a law to show Him that he was sovereign on earth. However, his sovereignty was based on that he should obey God lest he die; Adam chose to exercise his choice and chose to die. Today we have laws in every country on the planet and to our shame, there is no country that can boast not to have crime, and even though laws get more and more liberal through the advent of what is called human rights, we still see crime not cured. Our own laws and it does not matter how liberal they are shows us that we cannot trust one another.
Today we have many constitutions, governing many nations and they all sprouted from the one original law that was broken by Adam. However, God also has a constitution, and the first part of this constitution, He gave to a certain chosen nation. God gave His nation, which would bring forth Jesus, His constitution. He could not have His nation lawless could He? Many Christians think that the Old Testament Laws were burdensome and even oppressive, with things like tithing and the various offerings, but how could that be if a pure, un-oppressive God gave it? No the law of Israel was good and pure as Paul says in the New Testament. The ‘evil’ of God’s law to us was that no one could keep it that is all. However, that stands to reason because how can sinful beings keep a pure law? We should understand why God gave His people the purest Law of all; it was essentially that He knew that Someone would eventually keep it for everybody, just as Adam broke the first law for everybody.
However, today if we as Christians put forth God’s way of living as a basis for life in the country, the world thinks we are boring and trying to be controlling. They do not think that the constitution of the land is controlling, but what the Word of God wants is labeled as outdated and irrelevant. Nevertheless, the Word of God is a constitution to those who follow it, as the Old Testament was in fact the constitution of ancient Israel, in that regard the Bible is no different from the constitutions the world has. What makes God’s constitution less applicable to life than any other? The truth is that the world does not seek after holiness, but after what humans want and call it human rights.
However, man has not yet written a law that cures any of the human ailments or evils nor have he written a law that changes a man to become a better man. A constitution is the best we can come up with and it is none other than a big compromise between what a people is prepared to allow and how far they are prepared to let morality slip. The less moral the people the less moral the constitution which is allowed. In human laws, everyone agrees that we cannot allow people to run around killing one another and stealing and destroying, but where we cut on the laws are in the area of morals whatever that means to you.
There was a time when homosexuality was outlawed and now it is allowed, however the laws could not and did not stop people from being homosexual. There was a time when abortion on demand was outlawed and again it did not stop the people from performing it, but now it is allowed. Therefore, having a human law or not having a human law seems to have no effect on people. We break the speed limits, people still murder, still steal, and are corrupt even though we have very liberal laws. The more liberal the laws become, the more inequity can be done in the name of human rights it seems.
One person who was a pimp and had an international drug and sex operation going on, said that he was a very happy and relieved man when he found out how liberal the laws of a certain country was. This country allowed prostitution and drugs to a certain extent; this was his words “now here was a country that fitted in with my morality”. This is actually the extent that some countries go to, to allow people their wishes, but it must be said that such laws still do not make better people; it just allows a lowering of the morality.
Quote from the testimony of Isaiah Reed.
You know yourself; if we would allow you to rule the world what will the laws look like? Will it give people liberties they want or liberties they need? Let me just say if we were to give people liberties they want, chaos will be the result because the most debased morals should then be allowed.
Therefore, we can conclude that giving people liberties they want is not the way to go. Now who decides what we need? A parent does not allow his/her young child to decide what to wear, what to eat or where to live, because the parent knows better than the child what he/she needs in spite of the child’s protests. Do we say that a parent is a control freak? No, a child left to his own devices either ends up dead or an uncomfortable problem on the streets of our cities. Therefore, who is going to be the ‘parent’ if you will of the human race since we cannot govern ourselves properly?
Well that is the whole idea behind this article, we, as the human race needs a ‘parent’, with no belittling of us intended, to give us the rules, not the rules we want, but the rules we need. What I mean is this, we can fly to the moon, but we cannot stop people from molesting children, we need someone that will be able to make a change on the inside of us. There is only one candidate and that is God, who is called The Father. Jesus teaches us this prayer, Matthew 6:9-13 KJV “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”
It is therefore clear that Jesus’ teaching on prayer shows us that God wants us to relate to Him as we would relate to our earthly father who has to care for us. That does not mean that God wants to forever treat us like little children, but as a Father who wants to be involved in the life of His child who is becoming more and more mature with age.
Does our Father have rules like those we need? Yes, but He gave us the ability to use them or ignore them.
This is how God our Father describes His rules or laws, which we can use, even in our constitutions.
Psalm 18:30 “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all that trust in him.”
Psalm 119:9 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”
Psalm 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.
Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.”
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
Jeremiah 1:12 “Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.”
In the Word of God, we have a tried and tested foundation to build upon; the young people and everybody else can cleanse their ways with it. If we apply it from our hearts we will not sin against anybody, and it will guide our way like a light in the darkest night. The word of God is pure it cannot hold any evil in store for those who keep it; it shall keep you upright because it will stand forever. When the Word of God is relied upon, it will do what it promises. God is not shy to do what He says.
God is not a man that He should lie the Bible says (Numbers 23v 19). He is so serious about the power of His Word that He went to extraordinary lengths to show the World how He loves them. The Word of God is the manner in which we will have good governance of ourselves and of our countries, but more than that our Father shows His love towards us by His Word, the Bible, He has given us.
Some might see the Word of God as prohibitive, yet to multitudes His Word is the revelation of God’s love for them, and they follow it gladly. By the way, all laws, human or otherwise are prohibitive are they not? Yet we need them to survive.
Following the Word of God is like following a person, God and the Bible means that literally. God gave us His written Word to know, to follow, and to practice. But that was not enough, then God went supernatural on us and gave His Word a literal body and His Word came and dwelt amongst us to show us in the flesh how God really is like and How God the Father would have conducted Himself if He had flesh. A literal demonstration God gave us of How His Word works.
John 1:1-5, 14 KJV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but has everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
How can we reject such a gift of love and a gift that shows us the respect God has for us still even though we are or we were sinners in His sight? If you are looking for good governance and a constitution you can follow until you die, you have the opportunity while you live to take up what God did for you; however, the opportunity ends when you die.
The opportunity to follow the Constitution of God is following the literal manifestation of God, which is none other than the man we call Jesus the Christ, full of grace and truth.
Jesus is not a mere man He was and is the Word of God the expressed thoughts of God manifested to come and help the people who lost their way right at the beginning of creation. The Word of God is; God, The Creator, Life, Light of men, was made flesh, the Son of God, the Savior. What Jesus manifested was none other than what the Word of God, our constitution promises. Why do we not follow that Constitution if we cannot govern ourselves with our man made constitutions?
This is Jesus speaking to you:
John 5:24 KJV “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” In addition, John 8:31 KJV “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed”; And John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.
This is Jesus speaking to our Father:
John 17:14 “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world”. In addition, John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Jesus to those who rejects Him:
John 12:48 KJV “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
The Word of God started it all and it will finish what it started. It is worthy of being followed as a constitution or highest law of your life.
Psalm 119:89 KJV “Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”
Now, you may do with your life what you want to do with it, you may want to follow your own head; nevertheless, you can follow God’s manifested Word instead, and marvel at the change that will certainly come by Him, Jesus Christ full of grace and truth.
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