I heard a great question the other day. People often ask, “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” But the better question is, “Why would they want to?” And the best answer to that question is “If God told them to.” I don’t hesitate one instant to suppose that if God commanded it, every one of them would do it. Whether or not they would have to take turns brings us back to the original question.
Here’s what I am getting at. The angels of God are quite satisfied to do God’s bidding, anytime, anywhere. The reason is because they love and adore their Creator. The why isn’t in the purpose of the commands, but in the devotion to their God. The fallen angels forsook that simplicity and have gone to a place of no return. They were deceived because they were led to ask why when there was not need to do so.
Our human failings trace this same path. We are so tied to the why of things that trust is obscured in reason, and reason becomes clouded when rationality is introduced to solve the question.
The fact is, the Great Commandment brings us back to the core of all things. Love God, love people. That the why and leads to the answers of all other questions we face. It is not anti-intellectual, not is it an escape from reason. It is, in truth, the most reasonable things there is.
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”