God-Given Freedom To Choose Our Way

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When you look at all the madness that people are inflicting upon others these days and all the trouble they create, you may sometimes wonder: 1) Why are there people? 2) Why do they keep creating havoc?

Well, first of all, let’s establish that there are no moral concepts of right and wrong in the realms of animal, fowl or foliage. While there are some things animals do that we as humans may not like, wildlife has its own rules by which it is governed. So, if evolution thusly equipped those species with “survival of the fittest” laws, why should humans, who some contend are merely a “higher form” of animal, have specific laws based on varying concepts of “morality”?

Just think of the hundreds of billions of dollars that could be saved by the immediate implementation of a “survival of the fittest” rule of law among humans: no more orphanages, old folks’ homes, extended-care hospitals, hospices, intensive-care units; only the strong survive. Oh yeah, I forgot – that’s “uncivilized.” Which brings us to another question: “Civilized” according to whom?

Some of us find certain events taking place today in other “civilizations” abhorrent. Things like the kidnapping, wholesale rape and selling into slavery of school girls, bombings, beheadings or enslaving people with whom you disagree – in other words, the total disregard of human rights.

Take, for example, this recent anti-God activity conducted by the Catholic Church hierarchy:

“The Vatican said Wednesday that it had concluded a treaty to recognize Palestinian statehood, a symbolic but significant step welcomed by Palestinians but upsetting to the Israeli government” (which is recognized by God) (Dallas Morning News, May 13).

“The treaty, which concerns the activities of the Catholic Church in Palestinian territory, makes clear that the Holy See has switched its diplomatic recognition from the Palestine Liberation Organization to the state of Palestine” (YNetNews.com).

So, if the Catholic Church can recognize a government that maintains that Jews should be annihilated, should blacks – who were once lynched and enslaved by whites – be allowed to slaughter whites they feel are suppressing them today? Then in that case, shouldn’t whites, who feel threatened by black violence, have the right to eliminate the “black threat”?

Alternatively, is it possible that human beings just might have a higher value – regardless of color, creed, sex or national origin – than plants and animals? Could it be that a force, a power greater than evolution, is behind and responsible for human existence?

Why are there humans, anyway? Why did God create the human race? He had a completely blank slate and all creative powers. I wonder how many thousands of ideas and concepts He imagined before he drew up the DNA blueprint for humanity. Why male and female? Why not simply the “hydra” which can reproduce in three ways: 1) bisexual reproduction, 2) budding like a plant or 3) being cut in half and having both halves grow back as total and complete new organisms?

The endless, exotic varieties of the plant and animal kingdoms literally shout of the wonderfully imaginative creativity of this God, Who, with limitless options, came up with us! Frankly, had I been God, I probably would not have come up with a Ben Kinchlow; don’t laugh. I probably wouldn’t have come up with a you, either. In fact, I am not sure I would have chosen such pesky, hard-to-manage creatures as humans beings. Thankfully, I am not God. (And all the people said, “Amen!”)

So, again, why humans? Here’s why: God wanted, and therefore created, something that would testify not only to His power, but to His personhood. You and I, made in His image, are that something. We serve not just as a footprint to prove He walked here, but as a fingerprint, demonstrating His handiwork.

Modern science, despite its efforts to reduce us to merely a higher form of animal, has been forced to agree with something written about us thousands of years ago: “… I am fearfully and wonderfully made”(Psalms 139). It is recorded in The Book that we, you and I, are created in His “… image and in our likeness.”

Here is another truly amazing fact: God made you and me like Him in another regard. He gave us the same absolute free will that He has. No human being, if they are willing to accept the consequences of their decisions, can be made to do anything he or she does not want to do. Every human being has the individual authority to do exactly what they please. (See first paragraph, second question.)

Here is a profound thought and an even more mind-boggling truth that flows from this thought: There is only one force in the universe who can make you do anything – and He won’t!

So, in the final analysis, as human beings, we have the right, privilege and authority to choose the what, when, how and why of our behavior, actions and reactions to one another – which brings to mind another profound, perhaps problem-solving concept: “And as you would like and desire that men would do to you, do exactly so to them” (Luke 6:31, AMP).

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