Do you sometimes wonder what life is all about? Why were you born? How you can obtain true happiness? If you have ever asked these questions, then this very long post is just for you to get all you questions answered.
QUESTION # 1: How Can You Know The Truth?
Science, History and Observation
You can learn many wonderful things about the world and its people through science, history, and observation. However, you cannot learn the answers to many of the great questions of life from these sources. They do not tell us how life began, what its purpose is, and what the future holds.
Only the One who made the world can tell you how He did it and why. He tells us the truth about these things in His book, the Holy Bible. It is a book of instructions for living in this world and is proven to be historically reliable!
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
(Bible, Genesis 1:1)
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (Bible, John 1:3)
How Did The World Begin?
Did It Just Happen?
Have you ever asked yourself ‘Where did the world come from? Did it just happen? Or did a great mind plan it and a great power make it?’ When you see a bicycle, a car, or an airplane, you know that it couldn’t have just happened. Someone planned it and made it so that it would operate according to fixed rules.
The World Was Made According to a Plan
The world and everything in it functions according to fixed patterns which we call the laws of nature. The more science discovers about these laws, the more sure we are that Someone planned every detail of the universe, made it, and keeps it functioning according to His plan. That Someone is God, the all-powerful and all-wise Creator. He is the Lord, and Ruler, of the Universe.
Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ (Bible, Genesis 1:26)
God Made a Perfect World
God created the sun, moon, stars, and earth. He fixed their orbits so they would not crash into one another. He ordered the exact distance of the earth from the sun — not too close, or everything would burn up; not too far away, or we would freeze. Ocean and land were in perfect proportions, and the atmosphere was just right. Then God made the living things. Last of all He created man and put him in a beautiful, wonderful world.
Why God Made the World
God made the world for His own enjoyment. He created the human family to be His children that He would love and enjoy. He made the earth for their home. God would enjoy the beauty and the orderliness of His universe, but most of all He would take pleasure in the love of His children.
God wanted His children to be like Himself and to share in His work. So He gave Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, a nature like His own in many ways. God would teach them. With His help, mankind would rule over the earth.
What Went Wrong with the World?
Something Went Wrong
Look around and you will see suffering, sorrow, quarrels, violence, war, hunger, and death. The world is not perfect now. What went wrong? This once perfect world has been spoiled by an enemy of God and by man himself.
God has an enemy called Satan, or the devil. He was made by God but he became proud and rebellious. Now Satan is against everything that God is for . . . God is good; Satan fights good with evil. God wants to help us; Satan tries to destroy us. God wants to enjoy man’s love and fellowship; the devil tries to separate us from God. Satan tries to make us follow him instead of God.
Satan told Adam and Eve lies about God. He persuaded them to sin, that is to disobey God. God had warned Adam that sin would bring death, because sin separates a person from God. Life comes from God, so separation from Him ends in death. Adam and Eve chose to believe Satan instead of God. They broke God’s rules and went their own way with tragic results for the world.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned.
(Bible, Romans 5:12)
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey — whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Bible, Romans 6:16)
The Effects of Sin
Sin brought disease and death into the world.
Sin has broken the fellowship between God and man. As long as man is rebellious, disobedient, and sinful, he cannot have fellowship with God. Instead of being a servant of God, he is a servant of sin.
Your Choice — God’s Way or Satan’s Way
By choosing to disobey God we join Satan’s rebellion and accept his rule. The earth has become a battlefield between God and Satan. The choice is yours. On which side will you be? Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD (Bible, Joshua 24
Is There Any Hope For The World?
God Still Cares for the World
God still loves us in spite of our sin. He has made a way to save us from sin, Satan, and eternal death. God still rules the universe and will bring the earth back into obedience again.
The Son of God Took Our Punishment
Every person on earth has sinned and has been sentenced to die. We had no way to save ourselves. God loved us so much that He sent His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to take our punishment.
Nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus came to earth and was supernaturally born of a virgin in the land of Palestine. He taught men the truth about God and His love. He did nothing wrong in His whole life, but He died like a criminal, nailed to a cross. He died in our place for our sins. God showed the world that Jesus was His Son by bringing Him back to life after three days. Forty days later Jesus went back bodily to heaven. Friends of Jesus who saw Him after His resurrection and watched Him go up to heaven have told us about it in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.)
Accepting Jesus Makes Us God’s Children
Since Jesus has taken our punishment, those who accept Him as their Savior are freed from the power of Satan. When we turn away from our sins, God makes us His children and gives us His life. God urges us to believe in His Son and be saved from sin, but He will not force us to do it.
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
(Bible, Romans 5:17) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (Bible, John 3:16).
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Bible, Romans 6:23) Becoming a Child of God we have learned that the world was formed by Someone and that someone is God. God made a perfect world, but sin entered the world and tarnished it. Sin is the reason for the pain and suffering existing in the world today.
God gives each of us a choice. We can choose to follow Him and to become His children or we can choose to reject Him and continue in our sin. God loves us very much and has provided a way for us to be free from sin through his son, Jesus Christ.
Today is a big day for you. It is a day of decision. Would you like to accept Jesus Christ as the Ruler of your life today? You can invite Him into your heart right now, right where you are. Just say this simple prayer:
God, thank you for loving me and for sending your Son to die for me and my sins. Please come into my life and be my Savior, Ruler, and Friend. Reveal yourself to me and help me to become the person you want me to be.