God gave Adam and Eve one restriction in the Garden of Eden, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die." (Gen. 2:16,17). However, the serpent asked Eve, "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of every tree of the garden?'" Notice that the devil put a question mark where God placed a period. Because of this deceptive practice, Eve and Adam ultimately treated God’s command like a question.
Sadly, this regrettable practice continues. For example,
God said, "For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day." (Ex. 20:11). Yet men often ask, "Isn’t it possible that God required billions of years to create everything?"
God said, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise." (Prov. 20:1). But many ask, "What's the harm in having a few drinks with my friends?"
God said, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matt. 19:6) Yet many ask, “Why should I remain married to someone that I no longer love?”
God said, "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned”. (Mark16:16). But millions ask, "Why can’t I be saved by faith alone?"
God said, “…not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Heb. 10:24,25). Yet some Christians ask, "Is attending Sunday School and worship service that important?"
God said, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Col. 3:16). But the masses ask, "What’s wrong with livening our worship up with organs, guitars, trumpets and drums?"
God said, “Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.” (1 Tim. 2:11-12). Yet many ask, “Why wrong with permitting talented women to preach from the pulpit?”
The mistake of inserting a question mark where God placed a period continues to lead people astray. Let's avoid this mistake. If God said it, don’t question; just obey.
Jesus, always Jesus!