Is it Egotistical for God to Command Us to Worship Him?

It is undeniable that the God of the Bible commands us to worship Him.  Jesus, quoting the Old Testament (Deu. 6:13), declared, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.”

As an unbelieving friend recently asked me, “Doesn’t this make God arrogant?”  I believe that on a superficial level, one could certainly draw this conclusion.  However, as I shared with my friend, when all the details are considered, this assumption proves hasty.

First off, God commands us to worship Him, but He also gives us free will.  So while He surely commands it, He does not force us to worship Him.  Are there consequences for not worshipping him?  Yes.  But nonetheless we still have a choice.

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