he search for lasting personal peace often leads down many dead end roads. This quest has led some of us to a spiritual solution that we're excited about sharing--not a simplistic spirituality that attempts to convert everything into God and visa versa, making us all a law unto ourselves, but one that has seriously addressed our inner conflicts, showed us how to develop and protect healthy relationships, and connected us to an unconditional love that has established our personal worth and assured us a secure, rewarding future. We found all this, believe it or not, in an old and profound story told straightforwardly and dramatically in the Bible. If you like good news/bad news stories, this one is the ultimate!
BAD NEWS: Everyone who sins will die. Ezekiel 18:20
When life is good nobody wants to die. Even elderly people long to be young again, free from pain and distress. The evolutionist's solution that we're merely recycled stardust destined for continuous recycling doesn't satisfy the deep longing of the human spirit for life and relationships that will never end. God instilled this desire in us when He created us. The Bible puts its finger on this deepest of all human nerves--the passion for life against the inevitability of death. But it also identifies the cause of death--sin.
When you see that word "sin," you may be tempted to write off this whole study as a bunch of religious jargon, old stuff you've heard before and intellectually rejected a long time ago. We understand the feeling. But one thing's for sure, something's messed us up, something's screwed up our relationships, something's made us insecure and afraid of the future. And when it's all said and done, no matter how much wealth we've accumulated, or insurance we have, or education we gained, or titles we've been given, or positions we've held, or even how much good we've done, we're going to die. Maybe we shouldn't write this "sin" thing off before really listening to the whole story. Perhaps listening again for the first time.
GOOD NEWS: If you don't sin you won't die. Romans
BAD NEWS: Everyone has sinned. Romans
GOOD NEWS: God doesn't give up on us because we've sinned.
BAD NEWS: We flee from the God who pursues us. Genesis
GOOD NEWS: God acted dramatically in Jesus Christ to draw us back
into a relationship with Himself that can restore everything that has been
lost through sin. Genesis 3:15;
This best-news-ever ending to every life story is not inevitable.
It takes a personal choice to activate it. God does not force Himself
on anyone. He pursues us. He warns us about the inevitable
consequences of sin. He offers us reconciliation with Himself and
a life of personal peace and a secure hope for the future. Now we
must accept His offer in order to experience His peace. Interested?