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To Be Human
Does an ant worry about who created it as it scurries about hard at work every day? Does a bird stop its singing and not fly anymore because it worries over why it is here? What about a beaver busily swimming in a pond and bringing fresh cut limbs to its hut and the dam it is constructing, suddenly ceasing to work, because it wonders why it should be doing this in the first place, and what its purpose is all about? What of the early man in his cave cutting up fresh meat for his family? Would he stop hunting meat so that his family could survive? My answer and so is yours most likely, a resounding no, to all the questions mentioned. Why would a Creator of the whole Universe plant within mankind's mind the ability to doubt His role in creation and making this man in the first place? Our Creator loves his people so much that he allows them to become doubters of Him and the world around them.
What would we feel as fathers and mothers if our young child were to come to us and say that they did not believe in us as their parents? What if the child told us , in addition, that they were not going to respect and mind our directions and roll as their parents? We would be devastated and then angry. We would be saddened and determined to make this child behave as we wanted them to. First of all, our God created us to be able to doubt Him and then He went about the job of winning us over.This is what I believe. He gave us every opportunity to make the right decisions in our lives.When He saw us slipping away from Him in our devotion and beliefs and the way we were living our lives, He sent signs, angels , and miracles to keep His followers. As time moved on, God sent His great prophets, as Moses to help inspire and lead His people. At times the prophets lost their ability to lead and this is when God sent His only begotten Son, in Jesus, to help save the world and its peoples.
God had all in place ahead of time in order to win souls and save His people from sin. He knew that within each of his creations there was the seed of rebellion and a nature to go astray. This greater challenge was made in order for those who were the recipients of God's Grace, and ability to doubt Him, could be won and kept as believers and followers of the word. His Son Jesus was sent as the final sacrifice for Christians to see and make the decision to follow Him on the correct path, leading them to abide with God in Heaven. God loves us so much that he gave us the chance to accept or reject Him as our Father. Many of us have become like the prodigal son in the scriptures who wandered away from his father and the secure home that he once had. God welcomes us back with open arms to His Word and heavenly home. We are His children and the fruit of His labors. He wants us all to join Him and not to have to leave any behind in the Last Days, told of in the Holy Bible.
There is no greater love for man than to give this important choice to him and in the process have an aching heart because His children make the wrong choices in their lives. Just as we see our own children behave as they do, we hope with all of our hearts that they make the right choices that we have tried to set before them in raising each one. God loves us and shows us this every day that we are alive. When we die and leave this earth, our choices that we have made will decide where our souls will abide forever, with our God, or outcast beyond the light of the great Spirit in Heaven. I believe we each have this right given to us and make the final decision.