HOW THE FALSE KIND BEGAN
mandments . This is theocratic worship, and this is what Adam and Eve were required to render their Maker. It was a theocratic world in which they lived. It was their privilege to worship God and to acknowledge his universal sovereignty by unswerving obedience. That was true religion, and it bound the entire universe together, for it was rendered to the one God . 2 How, then, was it possible for a false kind to get started? The answer now appears simple, By disobedience. But why would perfect creatures, living amid perfect conditions, want to disobey the living, true God, the supreme Benefactor upon whom all life depends? The Scriptural answer is, Because of selfishness or selfish desire . That means, Because of the creature's loving himself more than God the Creator. Selfishness would express itself in willfulness, that is, in rebellion against the theocratic government in a desire to be independent of it so as to shape one's own course in life. Hence we see that the all-important question of God's universal sovereignty is implicated here. True religion holds creatures to his universal sovereignty. The only thing that false religion can do is turn creatures away from acknowledging and worshiping Jehovah as universal sovereign . False religion springs from selfishness . The inspired account makes this clear . 3 Here cherubs come into the picture . The first spirit creatures whom Adam and Eve saw mani2 . How did the false kind of religion get started, and in what direction does it turn creatures? 3 . What spirit creatures now come into the picture, and what relationship were they shown to have to God?