Times and Seasons has seen quite a bit of discussion lately on obedience, tests of faith, and Abrahamic trials. See here, and here, and everywhere. If I may summarize, we are disagreeing about whether commandments are given to us to obey or only because God knows the path of return better than we.
I realized something about my marriage that seems to me to shed some light. A couple of days ago with hair-raising delight I realized that marriage means I don’t have to worry anymore about who’s the best girl for me. I don’t need the best girl. I’ve got my girl. The question isn’t even on the board. Here I stand, and she with me.
As always, the comments make it clear that I didn’t explain myself well enough. Here’s what I’m saying. One view of obedience is that we obey God because he knows best and always gives us the best advice. There’s no room in this view for God asking us to do things that have no reason other than to see if we’ll do them. I have another view, one that I’ve learned from my marriage. I’ve realized that I am not committed to my marriage because its the best possible marriage for me. I am committed to my marriage regardless, and this paradoxically makes my life better than if I were constantly reevaluting my marriage options looking for the best one. Similarly, I believe that God sometimes asks us to obey for the sake of obeying because our our relationship with him will be richer and happier and better than if he only asked us to do things that had some sort of justification other than obedience.