I played a game with God before-I just find it's silly now but at least it was a good discovery to me =D
Since I was young until now, people have always told me that God knows everything. Then one day I see Genesis 1:1 in different view. I asked this,
" Why would God create heavens and earth only to let earth to be destruct by men some day?? " He knows what.
" Knowing that hell is going to exist some day, why let Lucifer live?" He knows what.
"Knowing that Adam and Eve are going to sin, why HE wants to create men in the very first place?" He knows what.
"Knowing that by creating men, HE will have heartaches, headaches and etc etc. Why not spare the pain?" He knows what.
The game that I played was..
While I'm deciding whether to do A or B, I have this thought that haih..God already determine and knows. So I must prove HIM wrong. While I decide to do A, I will change my mind later and later change my mind again. That's what I do a few times till I find it's torturing to do so. God enable us to think and we are free to make our own choices. We can choose to be drug addict..beggar... or university student.. police..and bla bla bla..
I do wish that our choices have been determined by God all the way long so that we need not suffer when come to certain hard decisions. Should I or shouldn't I? We have to take time to weigh the pros and cons before making that decision. If God, like a rigid dad would have given us the answer, isn't it going to be so easy? Save time.
At the same time, isn't it boring as well???? And not to forget, human nature-we like to REBEL. Most of the time, we don't like decisions made for us by others.
Someone did asked my bible study teacher before. Why God did not create us as robots? Then HE can just press any button if HE wants us to do this and we will just follow HIS will. When God call us to love our enemy, isn't it easier for HIM to press a button and we will love instead of telling us which will fall on deaf ears again and again?
Then probably Bible won't exist too because there are so many people in the BIBLE who go against God again and again. You can find them from Old testament till New Testament. God is always the same yesterday, today and forever. Aren't we too? Since way long back our ancestors rebel endlessly from genesis til Malachi..till Jesus died and rose again.. people still rebel. Thank God most people in the Bible realize about their mistake and chose to turn to God and repent from their sins.
We still REBEL against God. We are a bunch of sinful people. Some choose to go back to God and repent over their sins but some choose not to do so. Has God determine your choice? Wouldn't it make things easier for God by making everyone love HIM, follow HIS commands and etc etc- like HITLER? Yet..God wants us to obey HIM WILLINGLY..LOVE HIM WILLINGLY...
NOT BY FORCE!
Hitler did force many people to obey him and no doubt, people fear him. The question is..Did he find any satisfaction at last in what he did? He committed suicide at last.
Do we want people to love and obey us willingly or unwillingly?
But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary.
Even when Paul asked Philemon to take back Onesimus, who was considered as useless to Philemon once upon a time but now useful to both Paul and Philemon, he wanted Philemon to take Onesimus back WILLINGLY.
That's why we, the modern Chinese no longer practise traditional marriage whereby parents chose our spouse. We believe in choosing our own spouse, our CHOICE, not somebody else's choice. Whether it turn out for good or for worst, it's our CHOICE.
Choices must be made willingly.
Thank God we are not ROBOTS. Or else we would not have been able to choose to eat McD, Sate Kajang, Nandos and etc etc. We would not have been able to choose our friends, whether should we learn to play guitar or drum, and so on...
Imagine a world where everyone has to eat bread everyday, love when they have to, obey when they have to... IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THEY WANT. Geeeeeeeee... boring!
We, human will always want others to know what we want because THAT MATTERS A LOT TO US. That's why we have Constitution(Perlembagaan Persekutuan) that ensure your rights and also other laws to protect people's interest. We want others to know what we are thinking, how we feel ..we don't want to move on in life feeling like no one respect us as person, no one ever concern with what we want. No wonder FACEBOOK, BLOG, FORUMS and etc etc exist so that we can share our thoughts, know what we like, know what we are doing/feeling at that moment and also to wish us when it's our birthday!=p
Anyone who has power would love to exercise their power of control towards their subordinates. God is SOVEREIGN. Yet when He create us, He create us with BRAIN to think, FEELINGS to feel, and the WILLINGNESS in us so that we won't dread doing whatever we want to do in this life. However, it does not mean that life is like a bed of roses. It just mean that with trials and sufferings, we have the choice to turn to GOD =D
Willingly of course! =D
2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
The judgment is based on the choices we made. We do have free will..to follow the RIGHT OR WRONG PATH..
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.
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
P/s: Can't think of anyone in their right mind would want people to go against their command. It means from the very BEGINNING, God already let Adam and Eve(first man and woman) to exercise their free will.