Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Why Didn't God Make Us Robots?

Think about it! It would so much easier! We would not have feelings, tears, emotions, pride, thoughts or a will; all things that often get in the way of life. If God had only made us robots it would be so much simpler, right?

I am not the first to ask this question, but I have pondered this idea several times over the last few months. If God had only thought to make us robotic, then there would be no struggle between good and evil. Problem solved. Hello heaven!

But God in His omniscience saw ahead of time and knew that we would fail and fall and need Him. He wanted us to be able to choose Him. He wanted us to have the choice to love because He knew that love without choice isn't love at all. He gave us a free will so that we could choose to be in relationship with Him. I believe that God giving us a choice had more to do with His glory and satisfaction than it did with our liberty. After all, we were created in His image ultimately for His glory.

Doesn't the value of any good deed go up in our minds if we believe that it is done out of genuine love rather than out of an obligation or command? Of course it does! That must be how God feels about us when we choose Him.

Robotics is a popular movie theme, and in many of those kinds of movies, the robot starts out with little or no consciousness or self-awareness, but tends to evolve over time. Writers and producers can even create personalities for them and they can be "good" or "evil." In the real world, we are not quite that sophisticated, even though we keep relentlessly striving to create that perfect robot that could substitute as a person.  

Pictured to the left is a real, life-sized robot designed in Japan in 2005 that from a distance looks very human. (It is actually glued to the floor.)  "She" can spit out information, but "she" will never have a soul or mind or know God like we can.

A robot can be programmed to obey, but it cannot be programmed to love or to respond intuitively. So God chose to create people rather than robots to recieve that genuine love back from us.

We know God has emotions because the Bible uses words to describe God's intense feelings about us like "desires" and "loves."  He is actually pursuing us, so we must be worth having!

"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!"  Psalm 139:13-18 NLT

God thinks about us. He plans for us. He loves us. Robots could never replace the uniqueness of a human being. Simpler, yes. Rewarding, no.

*artwork by Harrison G. Barnett


  1. Thank God for using you for me to understand this thought I've been pondering on, which is the title of this article. Thank you and God bless!^_^

  2. Thank you, also, i wish to copy aand post as is on my blog www.godjustloveyou,blogspot.com , well spoke, thanking Christ for this too

  3. When You were born You were born a robot to sin. Psalm 51:5
    You had no free will because your free will was a slave "robot" sin. Is that having freedom? thinking you are free but in actuality a slave, a robotic slave to sin. The only way you can be freed from this robotic programming of sin is to die and be reprogrammed by the power of Gods Spirit to become a different robot. One reprogrammed to do the will of the Father.

    You are still a robot, just not a robot to sin anymore but a robot to Gods Spirit

    Romans 6:18 now you are free from your robotic programming of sin and have become a Robot to righteousness living.
    Or better said
    Romans 6:22 But now you are free from being a robot to sin and have become a robot to God.

    Or even romans 8:9
    You are a robot to the Spirit of God if You have the Spirit of God living in You and remember that those who aren't robots to God by His Spirit (sin robots) don't belong to him at all.

    Man being responsible for his incapable choice of choosing God, is taking the glory away from God and giving man glory instead.
    Ephesians 2:1 says you were dead in Your sins.

    How can dead people come alive? Or How can dead people choose God?

    We take the sovereignty of God as an offence and strip Him of glory

    John 12:40 GOD has blinded their eyes and made their minds callous, lest they should see with their eyes and perceive with their minds, and should turn, and I should heal them."
    Free will?

    The bible is chalked full of God doing what He wants and doing whatever the heck He wants with whoever He wants.


    Romans 9:18
    This is a proof that wherever He chooses He shows mercy, and wherever he chooses He hardens the heart.

    Verse 20
    How can the robot say to God why did You make me this way?

    Why don't we just praise God for making us robots to His righteousness and will of His Spirit instead of allowing us to remain robots to sin free will

    Why do we insist on sharing the glory with God?