We’re Not Robots

Genesis 1:26(NIV)

26 Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’

Deuteronomy 30:19(NIV)

19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live


At the robotics competition last weekend, I was able to go down to the pit area to see each team working on their robots.  These robots weigh about 120 pounds and have wheels, similar to a go-cart.  The competition was based on three schools on one side against three schools on the other side.  It was setup as a castle and the objective was to score points by breaking down the defense and to throw ‘boulders’ at the castle.  For the first fifteen seconds, the robots are to move on their own without human intervention.  The best move is when the robot moves forward to the opposing side and is able to launch the boulder into the hold of the castle. After the time is up, the horn sounds and then the robots can be controlled with the joystick. Each of these robots are given instructions to run on their own initially.  Even though it is controlled by humans, the robots have programming that is setup so that it does what the operator wants it to do.

If God made us as robots and programmed us to do whatever He wanted to do, then there is no love involved.  I as a parent would not want my son to respond to me like a robot either.  God is a loving God and he wanted a relationship with us. A relationship cannot be had without free will.  This means that we need to be able to choose to have a relationship with God. God created us in His image and we have free will just as God has free will.  God has given us the programming language to help us with our journey to do what is best and right. The Bible has a lot of instructions for us if we choose to use it to program our own mindset.  It’s up to us to choose and hopefully we will choose life.

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