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Monday, March 30, 2015

Bible Teachings 407

Hello there. Welcome to Entrepreneurial Goddess and Episode 7 of my mini Bible series "Bible Teachings".

Let's recap: Last time, you learned that by using his ventriloquist snake act, Satan induced Eve to give him an act of worship - something he has always craved. Several issues were raised including God's truthfulness and His Sovereignty [His unquestionable right to rule]. Let's examine another aspect of rulership - independence from God [self-rule].

Satan promoted independence from God. Adam showed by his disobedience he wanted to be free from the God who had provided everything he needed to exist in life. Bear in mind, it was never God's intention for us to be independent of Him (Jeremiah 10: 23*). Jehovah God, the Creator, made us. He is wiser than us and as such knows what's best for us, which includes His rulership. To answer the serious charges Satan brought against Him, Jehovah God is allowing us humans to try all types of rulership/governments/religions so we can see that any success outside of His protection is only temporary and futile. We've had free reign since Eden. Has human independence proved successful?
  Let's examine the facts...True, there have been advancements in the technological, medical, scientific and industrial fields. There's no question humans are smart [God did provide our brains afterall], but have you ever noticed how man claims discovery of things on earth, under the sea and in the skies? Then he takes credit for the "discovery". He might write a book or two, call it "science" or "evolution", become famous or perhaps make lots of money. But who initially created everything on earth, under the sea and in the skies? It is Jehovah God Himself! (Genesis 1:1-31; 2:1; Job 38:4; Isaiah 45:18*) and He alone deserves the glory and honour and praise for his magnificent creations! (Revelation 4:11*) We are not smarter than our Maker, Jehovah God (Psalms 104:24; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Corinthians 3:19*).
  We've tried every sort of human rulership, government and religion, with what outcome? Satan's influence, our inherited imperfection and self-rule have brought nothing but war, nuclear missiles, forbidden love, hatred, pride, cruelty, global warming, prejudice, oppression, haughtiness, materialism, greed, suspicion, wickedness, corruption, hunger, imprisonment, pollution, strife, suffering, narcissism, immorality and sadly, alienation from God and finally death (Ecclesiastes 4:1-3; 8:9; 1 John 5:19; 2 Corinthians 4:4*). Quite frankly, there is not one human alive or human government today that can or has ever been able to stop the spread of disease, bring about worldwide peace or completely eliminate the enemy death. Even Eve died despite Satan saying she wouldn't! (Genesis 3:4, 5*) Based on six thousand years of human independence then, whose rule would you say is right? Keep on the watch for Episode 8!

*New World Translation Bible (2013) available to read/download free here

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