Humans were created as free moral beings. They were not programmed to do good or forced to serve the true God.
Men and women have the capacity to choose freely. As free individuals they can use their free will to choose right or wrong, good or bad. However, the consequence of one choice is different from that of the other choice.
The nation of Israel was encouraged to make the choice that results in life rather than death. The true God encouraged the right choice when he said “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” – Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (New Living Translation)
Similarly, as free beings we are faced with two choices. We can choose to be on the path of righteousness or the path of wickedness. We are all encouraged by God’s Word to choose wisely.
Here are some Bible verses that explains what is expected of us and the consequences of our actions:
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:8 (English Standard Version)
“Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13 (21st Century King James Version)
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
“Therefore, whether YOU are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
“This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.” – John 17:3
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
“Subject yourselves, therefore, to God; but oppose the Devil, and he will flee from YOU. Draw close to God, and he will draw close to YOU. Cleanse YOUR hands, YOU sinners, and purify YOUR hearts, YOU indecisive ones.” – James 4:7,8
“Let all malicious bitterness and anger and wrath and screaming and abusive speech be taken away from YOU along with all badness. But become kind to one another, tenderly compassionate, freely forgiving one another just as God also by Christ freely forgave YOU.” – Ephesians 4:31,32
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5
Clearly the true God prescribes a way of life that he expects his followers to adhere to. This involves displaying the qualities that set him apart from all other gods namely, love, wisdom, justice, kindness, compassion and loyalty.
This godly way of life benefits us now and in the future when the influence of the Devil will be no more.