Monday, January 9, 2012

Hope for Today (Part 2)


In the Beginning
Genesis, the first book of the Bible, tells us that God created everything, plants, trees, birds animals, you and me. God created the first man and women, Adam and Eve, in His own image and declared that all He made was "very good" (Genesis 1:27, 31).

What Happen to Us and Our World?
Look around you. What happened? How did things go from "very good" to "very bad"? How did the relationship between God , His creation and people get so messed up?

The answer, in a word, is "sin." Sin is any action, thought or word that violates God's loving standard. Because God is all-loving and all-holy, we can say that sin is simply being "not like God."

God loves us so much that He wants us to love and follow Him. Genuine love can't be force. So God created humanity with the ability to choose not to love or follow Him. And sad to say, that's what we've done. In the beginning, He gave Adam and Eve clear instructions about a simple matter, a fruit tree to avoid. But they let their pride override their desire to obey, crossing a boundary God had set. By choosing to disobey God, they traded His designed of perfect community for death and separation from Him forever. Sin enter their souls and spread to their descendants.

You and I have the same spiritual disease, as we can see by our ongoing choices that disregard God's desire to lead and direct us. Our universal condition is that we no longer trust God. Instead, we live on our own terms, hoping everything will turn out as we imagine it should be.

Is there any hope for our lost condition? The following posts will pick up here and answer this all important question.

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