God spoke concerning man’s ways and thoughts compared to his, through the prophet Isaiah, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8, 9).
As human beings created in the image of God and given the ability to make choices, sometimes we disagree on some things. God gives us this license when it comes to earthly things.
However, when it comes to things of a spiritual nature God has made it clear how he desires things to be done, and his way is best.
The thing we must remember is that God’s way is perfect. The Psalmist wrote, “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him” (Psalm 18:30). The promises God has made always come true.
Man left to himself will and has developed his own plan for salvation. God has already provided the plan to follow and has given us examples of those who followed it, and his way is best for it is the only way.
Read the book of Acts. The people heard the word – they believed, were willing to repent of their sins, confessed that Jesus is the Son of God and were baptized for the remission of their sins.
God has told us that his will must be obeyed. “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).
God has provided the only sacrifice that can remove sin – Christ. We will be judged according to the words of the Lord and not man’s ideas or notions; we must see the need for a true standard in religion.
That standard must be and is the inspired word of God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (II Tim. 3:16, 17).
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spakeas they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (II Peter 1:20, 21).
The standard is not to be altered by man. Notice how God in his word has told man this time and time again.
“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deut. 4:2).
“Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Prov. 30:6).
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18, 19).
We will not be judged by the words of men but by the words of the Lord. Men seek to put forth their ideas and not follow the standard given by God.
How tragic is this fact? Imagine someone having a sincere heart, being a zealous worker but believing a man and never learning the truth God desires them to know.
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim. 2:3,4).
Men down through time have tried to come up with other ways of pleasing God. Some turned to making idols, while others have tried to change God’s commands to suit their own way of thinking (Rom. 1:22-25; Matt. 15:9).
You see they forgot that the “God knows best.”