There is no way that I can deny that there is a God.
I can see over and over how He has been involved in my life. And it’s an amazing thought. The very God who created the universe and formed each and everyone of us in the womb loves us and wants to be actively involved in our lives. What? I’m smaller than a tiny speck when compared to the vastness of the universe. But, He has a plan and He has a vested interest in our lives. He wants us to have a relationship with Him and to spend eternity with Him.
When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, they sinned. They had had perfect fellowship with Him in the Garden of Eden until then. But God can’t look on sin so that sin of pride and disobedience separated them from God. From that point on, all of us inherited Adam’s sinful nature. Not one of us could be considered to be perfect. Not one of us is even “good enough”.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
But, there’s an amazing truth. God created you and me. He wants to have a relationship with us. He wants us to come to Him. And we don’t have to clean up our mess first and “pretty up”. We come to Him just as we are right now.
When Adam and Eve sinned, God declared that the penalty was death. Why? Because He’s pure and holy and simply cannot look on sin. And spiritual death is separation from God. But, Adam and Eve started aging from that point forward as well and ultimately met physical death. So the pentalty for sin is death. In Adam and Eve’s case, death was both the instant separation from God and the gradual decline and decay of their bodies and minds. But, God loved His special creation and He had a plan to restore that relationship.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Death was the penalty. But, there is no creature or person perfect enough to pay the sacrifice. So God gladly paid the price. You see, in order to restore that relationship between Himself and His creation, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to be born as a fragile and tiny little baby. The Son grew up without sin and then ultimately He paid the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross. He was the one perfect and sinless sacrifice that would satisfy and pay the penalty. And He did it for us.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God loved us so incredibly much that He was willing to pay the price for our sins so that all we had to do was turn from our sin, turn to Him and accept that sacrifice. (We just need to believe in Him and His Word and ask Him to be the Lord of our lives.)
But, did it end there? Is He dead? No.
That Christ should suffer and that He should be the first that should rise from the dead and should show light to the World.
If all Christ did was die, then He had no power. The darkness of sin and death still has power over us. But, just as predicted hundreds and hundreds of years earlier in the Old Testament, Christ died and three days later he rose from the grave, victorious over sin and death. Amazing? Absolutely. Impossible? Not if He’s God. He came to bring light to the world. He is the Light. He came to heal our hearts and build the bridge that will allow us to have a relationship with God.
So, if we pray to God, asking forgiveness for our sins and accept Christ’s death on the cross as the penalty for our sins, does that mean we’re on our own and must figure out how to be perfect to maintain that relationship with God? No.
“And you were also included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.”
He sent his Holy Spirit to dwell in us. It’s God’s Spirit that guides us, prays to the Father for us when we are hurting so much that we don’t even have words to pray, comforts us, teaches us, helps us grow and develop in our walk with God and more. So, as we go through our daily activities He is always there with us.
He gave us His Word, the Holy Bible, to help us understand how to grow, develop, change, have peace, love and so much more.
And He tells us to meet with each other for the sake of encouragement in our faith.
One of the best ways of learning is to start attending a Bible-believing church so that you can be taught from the Bible, God’s Word. If man’s ways are not good enough, then learning God’s ways from the Bible is essential. When you meet with others who believe in and have accepted Christ as their Savior, they can encourage you, help you in your walk with God, pray for you, mentor you, etc. And once you have matured in your faith, you, in turn, can do the same for new believers. Just be sure to find a church where they truly believe in and teach from the Bible.