Is it Arrogant for God to Demand Our Love and Obedience?
by Daniel Carrington
The God of the Bible is a self-absorbed, narcissistic egomaniac. That’s what some accuse Him of. I suppose I can see why. He wants us to worship nothing but Him. He says He’s a jealous God. He gets very angry when people put anything in a higher place than Him.
Does this really make God arrogant, though? Does it actually make Him an egomaniac? If you or I were to be that way, these things would certainly be true of us. Why? Because we are not the ultimate things! We are not the ultimate anything!
But God, if He is the ultimate everything, is it really arrogant to believe that to be the case? I heard a very wise father once say that he didn’t want his daughters to have “good” self-esteem. He wanted them to have an “accurate” self-esteem. It’s not arrogant to believe you’re the most important thing if you actually are.
Now, I have heard similar arguments before and I know that some people don’t find them compelling. So, as I’ve been thinking about this concept, something occurred to me…You’ve probably heard before that all Truth is God’s Truth. You’ve probably also heard that God wants what’s best for us.
If God is all-knowing and all-loving, then He not only wants what’s best for us, but actually knows what’s best for us. So, when God wants us to make Him the focal point of our entire lives, perhaps we should consider the idea that maybe…
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