Why Does God Allow So Much Rebellion?

God has created a world which allows a great deal of deviation from His standards.  You can not only disobey God, you can live a life in wanton rebellion and defiance of Him.  I’m not suggesting it would be a pleasant life – only that it’s obviously possible.  You probably know people who are doing it.  Perhaps you have yourself.  Why does He allow this? 

For the answer, take a look at communism.  This form of government says “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”  Not only does that charter sound innocuous, it sounds as if it’s consistent with God’s will for humanity.  After all, we know that God has given us differing abilities and He expects each of us to do our best with what we have been given.  It’s also obvious that He expects us to share what we have, to be generous with others.  No, the problem with communism is not with its intent, but rather with its application.  That is, communism coerces these behaviors and outcomes.  A rich person is not actually allowed to be generous because his goods are confiscated from him.  There is no liberty in communism.  And since there is no liberty, there can be no generosity – no love.

God doesn’t make people do the right thing.  If He did, then people would not have been made in the image of God.  Because we have been made in the image of God we have choices.  And depending on those choices, we come out looking like God or like wild animals, or like something in between. 

Knowing that you have the opportunity to not love God, I hope it makes you even more determined to love Him…with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind, and all of your strength.

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