We do have freedom, yet everything that we do does not bring pleasure to God – this much should be obvious to us all. We have the “liberty” to deny the 10 Commandments, to break God’s Law and assign a different day for worship, to eat too much, to drink too much, to fill our minds with garbage of all sorts, etc. In short, we have the freedom to sin!
People will ask the question; “if God knew we were going to sin, why did He make us?”.
He made us because rooted in true freedom and liberty is love. The same argument applies to Lucifer. God, although knowing Lucifer (the Light-Bearer) would rebel and become Satan (the Adversary), created him anyway. He did so out of love! The Roman Catholic Church is in the process of determining whether or not the late Pope John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyła) will be designated a Saint. Mankind has the freedom to do such a thing if he wants. My thinking process is much different than theirs. Man cannot do what God Himself can only do. (Photo from FOXNEWS.COM)
For example, only God can alter His 10 divine Laws – man cannot. Man may do such things and claim he has usurped God’s authority, but this is simply the same mistake Lucifer made. In fact, making such a change indicates you have committed yourself to the allegiance of Satan. Man may teach that you go to heaven (or hell) immediately upon death, for another example, but the Bible (God's actual Word) does not teach that. Satan teaches in the "garden" that we are immortal and have an immortal "soul", but God does not teach that. Instead, God teaches that when we die - we die! That we are "living souls" (in life) and when we die, the breath of God returns to God. When God breathed into Adam he "became a living soul". Upon death, we lie dead, awaiting the Resurrection at the Second Coming. (or the Resurrection of the wicked - later)
The biblical definition of a “saint” is very different from man’s. This person has done a wonderful job explaining this. Although it’s a little dated, please read it.
Do you claim to love God? Did you know the biblical definition of love means more than our modern touchy-feely ideas about love? “Love” – in the Bible, has much to do with obedience. If we actually love God, we will think twice before “eating anything from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. We will obey Him out of our love for Him!.
No … man nor his organized church can do what only God can do – even if it appears that he has. This is the true faith of the saints – that we love and believe our Lord and Savior, not man, and if we do love Him, we will follow His Commandments! (John 14:15)
I hope all of you are having a wonderful, spirit-filled Sabbath!