What About the Owner’s Manual?


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March 18, 2015

There’s a tough section of Scripture that modern quasi-intellectual folks will find largely unpalatable.

We can believe it. We can scorn it. But here it is:

Romans 2:5-11
” But because of your hardness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath, when God’s righteous judgment is revealed. He will repay each one according to his works:, eternal life to those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality; but wrath and indignation to those who are self-seeking and disobey the truth but are obeying unrighteousness; affliction and distress for every human being who does evil, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek; but glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does what is good, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. There is no favoritism with God.”

This is true for individuals. It is true for nations and cultures. God does not gravitate toward hard, unrepentant hearts. The way to receive His blessing and grace is to practice humility and submission. It’s to stop believing that “no deity will save us; we must save ourselves“.

Yet, people insist on their own way. They insist that they know better. In many ways, in the realms of the spirit and of truth, our culture is an infantile, spoiled, whiny, rebellious, and ungrateful one. We are over-impressed with our recently conjured “wisdom”.

The results of our behavior and responses to God are natural outcomes.

Often the question is proffered: “How could a loving God do this or that?” The awful results of disobedience promised here are inevitable, natural outcomes – not the baseless, capricious, non-sequiter actions of a vindictive Deity.

What Could Happen?

What Could Happen?

Suppose you buy a car and insist on putting molasses in the crankcase and orange juice in the fuel tank. This because you are more advanced in your modern understanding than that obsolete, irrelevant, divisive, antiquated owner’s manual. You will see grievous consequences. Those consequences come naturally, not because the automobile company desires to make your life miserable.

“How could a loving automobile company cause my car’s engine to seize?”

We are “manufactured” to worship God.

He built us that way. When we try to pervert His ways and His instructions (and could not putting molasses in a crankcase be correctly called perversion?), we will accrue to ourselves the natural outcome of those choices. That’s because He made us to function in ways He designed, and we fool ourselves if we think we can improve upon His design.

We will never know better than the Manufacturer, despite our silly pretensions otherwise. Following the Owner’s Manual is a good thing, particularly when the Manufacturer deeply loves you and perfectly knows what you need.

Photo Credits: Bill McChesney on Flickr, Marshall on Flickr,

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