Think About It
My mother has the gift of teaching and, when growing up, that
included us girls. We could be doing almost anything and,
suddenly, she would present a hypothetical question.
On the first occasion, I recall asking her a question in
return. Only, mom's response was, "No, I'm not going to answer.
I want to hear your answer. Think about it. God gave you a brain
and I expect you to learn how to use it. It's important. All
through life, there will be someone telling you what to believe,
you'll run across strange religions, and such ~ and you need to
be able to reason for yourself, and 'know' what you believe. So,
think about it and give me your answer."
And, I did. Though, immediately, it became obvious that my
answer would not suffice without an explanation of how I had
reached that conclusion. Next, mom made suggestion as to further
considerations and, soon, the expectation, within these lessons,
was well known. Often, these questions were deep and tricky, and
I have been using the brain God gave me ever since.
Though, as a result of a couple generations of thinkers, it has
made our family well aware that other children never received
these lessons. Not only do we realize that we think differently
from much of the world, but also that most are not thinking at
all. In all honestly, offended or not, it appears as if people
believe whatever they are told to believe; regardless of how
educated they have become.
From infancy, we were taught to obey parents, listen to
teachers, and follow leadership. While each of these ideals have
scriptural base and merit, somewhere along the way, we began to
think there was another path to righteousness and, often, that
path was religion (whether our god became the shepherd, the
congregation, or the law itself).
Obedience is not something we are born with and it is certainly
not something that can be achieved under the law; Hebrews 7:19.
It is a tool of survival that is 'learned' in the valley of hard
knocks, Hebrews 5:8-9.
In the spirit world, there are only two forces. One is good;
the other is evil. There is no third option. I repeat, there is
no third option. Obeying God results in blessings and all else
results in a curse, Deuteronomy 11:26. Every choice comes with a
consequence, be it positive or negative, Galatians 6:7.
Obedience is a conscious and deliberate choice to stop dead in
one's tracks for the purpose of, immediately, seeking God's
direction, then to follow it; as that is the only path Satan
cannot defeat. Then, once we begin to see the benefits, we
finally actually get it and obedience truly becomes our choice.
(God is not a dictator. He is our protector.) Only then do we
begin to grow into spiritual maturity as we, finally, realize it
is a joy to obey and we choose to seek God more; for protection