Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
"You people must take care to do just as Jehovah your God has commanded you." (Deuteronomy 5:32)
A spirit of independence and disobedience permeates the world today. The apostle Paul explains why in his letter to Ephesian Christians: “You at one time walked according to the system of things of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit that now operates in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:1, 2) Yes, Satan the Devil, “the ruler of the authority of the air,” has, you might say, infected the whole world with the spirit of disobedience. He was doing so in the first century, and he has been doing so even more intensely since being cast out of heaven about the time of World War I. (Revelation 12:9) As Christians, however, we know that Jehovah God deserves our heartfelt obedience because he is our Creator and the Sustainer of our life.—Acts 4:24; Revelation 4:11.
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/07, 2:1, 2)
Since disobedience and a spirit of independence & rebellion is what originally led to the huge mess humanity is in today, (and continues to exacerbate the situation)...you can see why God allows us to go through tests and trials in order to refine us and prove our obedience to him so that this situation doesn't happen again in the new world. Because after centuries of watching humans backslide and defiantly break his laws...enough is enough. It's time to put the proverbial foot down on that character flaw! =)
"I will clean out from YOU the revolters and the transgressors against me," (Ezekiel 20:38)