Why Does God Get To Make the Rules?

Dan Lenington on January 9, 2013

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1. He Designed us. Why does the manufacturer of a product get to write the instruction manual? Because he knows what the product is designed to do and how it can best fulfill that function. God designed us in His image to model His nature and to glorify and please Him. If we don’t fulfill this function, we are operating outside the guidelines of our designed use which only leads to malfunction and ultimate destruction.

 2. He Created us. So He owns us. God owns us not only because He made us and the substance we’re made from, but also because he bought us with a price. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sin so we could be redeemed (bought back) from sin and death. We can’t just pay God off and then, do whatever we want, since He made and owns anything we could pay including our time, talents, or treasure.

 3. He Sustains us. God is actively keeping us alive, while we actively rebel against Him. Scientists know how molecular and subatomic bonds work but not why they work. God made the laws of physics and life and they continue to operate because of His mercy. Just as a knowledgeable mechanic can maintain the functionality of a car by following certain guidelines, so our lives run properly as we submit to God’s rules for life.

4. He Rules us. You may ask where God got His rules from. Did He just make them up as He went along like some parents do? God’s rules are not based upon a good idea He had one day, or a universal moral code He discovered.  They are based on His perfect and unchanging character which is without fault or sin. This standard of perfection is what He originally created man to live. Those who accept His salvation through Christ will one day live it once again. Rebelling against His rules places us outside His blessing and protection because we’re choosing to live outside of His will, which is the only place where blessing and protection are possible. Rebellion produced all the death, disease, and destruction we find in our world today.