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If God wants everyone to worship him OR ELSE is he any different than a tyrant?

“You shall have no other gods before me.
 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.  Exodus 20:3-6

Is God's demand that we worship him any different than a dictator, like Fidel Castro, who demands Cubans be obedient to him, follow him and glorify him?

The difference is obvious.  Castro wants Cubans to follow him for Castro's own good.  But Castro is human, a sinner, with selfish desires.  Castro wants his life to be better even if it means Cuban's lives will be worse.

God wants people to follow him for their own good.  God is not human, has never sinned and has no selfish desires.  God knows when we follow him our lives will be better.  God's life won't be better if people worship him.  But the people will benefit by following his commands.

Castro sends rebels to prison and tortures them for life.  God sends non-believers to hell for eternity.  Who is worse? 

Castro refuses to allow people to exercise their freedom of speech.  He punishes them for saying the right thing.  The dissidents are actually correct by saying Castro is wrong!

God allows people to freely exercise their freewill.  However, he punishes them for doing the wrong thing - rebelling against God for selfish reasons.   He allows people to freely decide to follow him or not.  Castro does not allow that freedom.

Castro - "It's my way or prison."

God - "I'll allow you to freely choose my way or you can choose your way away from me for eternity."

There's a big difference.  God knows that when our focus is consumed on his love, it'll be best for us and others.  He doesn't want to be a tyrant...but a father.