The Overt Notion:
Control: Going through the caption above, to many it insinuates insult on the side of God. It will not sound palatable in their ear; they will see it as something that tingle the ear. Somehow, people who tow this line of thought shouldn’t be blamed. This is because this thought has been the overview notion generally in acceptance. So it sounds unwise if someone can come up with a caption like this.
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The reason is that in their subconscious being they have known God to be the owner of this world. Therefore, they shouldn’t see the reason for anyone to suggest otherwise when it comes to who controls the world. The fact is that the notion that God controls things in this world is overtly at home in people’s heart. In everything and situation that comes up the response is always “God Is In Control.” Merely looking at the situation of things in this world, one cannot help but ask, if God is really in control?
The word control is an English word and it means to regulate or govern, or better still a regulator or a governor. Therefore, when we say God Is In Control we are insinuating that He regulates or governs the world. Somehow, it shows that whatever that happens on the face of the earth is under His auspices.
This notion has opened an opportunity for people to ascribe wrong identity to God. And as a result many blame God for many things that have gone wrong in their life. A proper scriptural understanding of this topic can help us to resolve these wrong tags and blame on God.
The Hegemony Of Man:
Let’s see what God said in the book of Genesis:
”And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
The watch word in the verse above is this statement “and let them have dominion”. To have dominion simply means to have control over an enclave or thing. This indicates that the one that has the dominion dictate the pace of things or events. He or she call the shots and says what goes on. It is also an indication that every other thing is subject to him or her. So the person in question is the ruler of the enclave and every commands proceeds from him or her.
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This shows that he or she has the final say and whatever he or she says stands and no one can alter it. Interestingly, God said and let them have dominion, He didn’t say let us have dominion over the earth. Therefore, man has a delegated authority to command affairs of the earth. Man is the regent of God on the earth. It implies that the earth knows no other God except man. So man is in control.
Control Demystifying The Declarations:
In order to demystify the claim of this topic, let’s see again what happen here in Genesis 2:8.
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.”
Here again, God formed the man and put him in the garden. Question: why did God put the man in the garden? The answer is in Genesis 2:15.
“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”
In quotation above, God reveals that it is the responsibility of the man to (1) dress the garden (2) and to keep it. The implication of this is that the total well-being of the garden lies in the hand of man not God. That is to say that, how wonderful, beautiful, clean and how depleted, rough and disfigured the garden appears will be the making of the man. Therefore, man takes control of what happens in the garden. Notice that the garden is the environment that the man lives and here God has given him the control.
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It is clear that from Genesis 1:26, man is in charge of all the entities on the earth. And in Genesis 2:15, man has been given the authority to control his environment. So far, the implication of this is that God cannot control other entities for man. And He cannot as well controls man’s environment for him.
Controls In The Hand Of Man:
Let’s see again another thing God handed over to man to control.
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
The above quotations entail the level of freedom man has received. It shows it is total freedom over what he can consume. Man has the freedom to eat whatever he likes. So he’s in control of what he wants to eat, nobody tells him to eat this or that. He has the right to eat anything and any fruit. Be it the fruit of knowledge of good and evil or the fruit of life. Please stay on this contextually because the subject is not about the consequence of eating but the freedom to eat.
The freedom here is the control power given to man over what to eat and what not to eat. Another thing that God gave man power to control is death. Again look at the quotations above you can see that man has the power to die or not to die. It is stated clearly here that “for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Man has the control or willpower as well to take the fruit of life and eat. Therefore, it is the responsibility of man to control his life. God cannot control man’s life for him.
More Controls Handed Over To Man:
Again let’s see the level of control man has as regards to his multiplication on the face of the earth. After God gave the dominion over the earth to man, He made a declaration over man thus:
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
Here we can see from the quotation above that by God’s declaration man is empowered to be fruitful and multiply. Therefore, the fruitfulness and multiplication of man is not in the hand of God but in the hand of man. The implication of this is that man can bear fruits as much as he desires. And man can as well multiply as much as he wants. It is not the business of God to make man to be fruitful and multiply. It lies within the will and precept of man to decide to be fruitful and multiply.
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Another thing contain in the declaration is the ability that man has to replenish the earth. The earth is the environment that man dwells. So authoritatively, it is within man to replenish the earth. It is not God that will replenish the earth for man. We should understand that contain in the declaration latently is the enforcement of the principles and patterns. The declaration sets in motion the principles that enhance the fruitfulness, multiplication and replenishment in the earth. The only thing that man needs is to tap into these principles and things will begin to happen on their own accord.
God Created A Perfect World:
It is important to note that everything that God handed over to man was in their perfect state. Notice that it is because of this God pronounced good on all the creations that He created. There was nothing that was not working perfectly. Also it is an understandable fact that the distortion and imbalance we have on the surface of the earth is the making of man.
The atmospheric equation instilled by God to balance the atmospheric condition of the earth has been distorted by man. Man has run the earth into a chaotic system of operation and therefore, we have rottenness in every facet. The nature of the entire activities on the face of this earth has revealed that this is man’s world and not God’s world.
The administrative system, otherwise known as the system of this world is not a system that stems from God. It is manmade and because of this, the system is full of flaws. The government of this world, which is a product of man’s mind, is full of imperfection. Therefore, these tacky structures on display cannot by any means represent the wisdom of God.
The nature of man’s activities ranging from his kind of government, economy, family structures etc doesn’t indicate that God’s signature is on them. As it stands what we have is man’s world. A system governs and runs by man.
The System Is Of Man Not Of God:
A system that will be of God shall come and be instilled in the earth by Christ. The uniqueness of the earth and a system that is perfect will come into place. But for the moment man is still in authority and God cannot do anything about it because He cannot invade the will of man. Man has to give God the permission to do anything on this earth because the earth is his at the moment. This is because man has the power to dictate the activities here on earth and at the same influence the activities in heaven. See Matthew 18:18.
Chukwuemeka C. Asiegbu is the Pastor of Saved In The Lord Evangelical Ministry. He has authored many books such as “The Earth Is From Nothing”, “Man”, “The Power Of Light” etc. He has also written many Christian related articles. You can always contact him here
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