after reading the previous ten chapters and studying the indicated
references, you view my logic as flawed then you are free to reject the
teachings of this book. However, if you accept my logic, please
particularly if the first five chapters have shaken your trust in the
materialistic/humanistic answers to important questions and the last
five chapters have shaken your rejection of Christianity. In the next
few paragraphs I'm going to delineate some important truths growing out
of the beliefs that Jesus is God and the Bible was inspired by God.
These paragraphs are directed at your heart since I am assuming your
head has already been reached.
true God, existing as three eternal, distinct and unchangeable persons,
created the universe as a home for man and then created a man and a
woman to live on planet earth. God loved the man and woman and wanted
them to return that love. They chose to reject God and desired to
become gods themselves. Their disobedience ushered them and all their
descendants onto the path of sin. Humanity has paid a great price for
their decision: aging, disease, suffering, hatred, despair, loneliness,
war, jealousy, murder, grief, death and, worst of all, separation from
our creator. You see, God is holy and cannot fellowship with sinful
creatures like you and I.
before the creation of the universe, that all this was going to happen.
On one hand, God knew sin would prevent Him from fellowship with man;
on the other hand, God knew He would love each individual
unconditionally and would not want eternal separation to be the
inevitable consequence of sin. But sin could not simply be overlooked;
a price had to be paid for every crime. Unfortunately, if you and I
paid the price for our own crimes, our souls would spend eternity in
Hell. Before the universe began, God chose an incredible, astounding
and magnificent solution to this dilemma.
of the three persons who are God have a Father/Son relationship. The
Father sent the Son to earth to be incarnated as a man. If this man
could live a sinless life culminating in humiliation, torture and
execution for crimes He didn't commit, that punishment would pay the
price for every sin throughout the history of the human race.
This substitutionary atonement is exactly what transpired about
1970 years ago. Jesus paid the price for the sins of every man and
woman who ever lived. But there's a catch. No one has been or will be
simply handed the gift of salvation automatically.
gift of salvation cannot be received until your heart is right with
God. Getting your heart right with God cannot be accomplished by
joining a particular Church, faithfully participating in Church
activities, tithing, dedicating your life to Christian service,
becoming a pastor, living what you and your friends consider to be a
holy life, making life-risking sacrifices for Jesus or exercising some
spiritual gift. To get your heart right, you must make something like
the following statements to God and mean them to the depths of your
Father, I come into Your presence
confessing my sin nature and behavior, having remorse in my heart,
wanting to repent, asking Your forgiveness, forgiving those who have
sinned against me, asking for Your mercy, receiving from You the far
greater gift of salvation and believing I am saved by faith, the grace
of God and the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ. I can stand
before You redeemed from eternal punishment, forgiven my sins,
justified as sinless, adopted into the family of God, regenerated from
the death of sin to a life of righteousness, guided along the path of
sanctification, reconciled with fellow believers, united in the Church
of Jesus Christ and looking forward to glorification only because Jesus
died on the cross for my salvation. I accept the undeserved gifts of
reconciliation with You, reconciliation with fellow believers and
unification in the church. I pray that the Holy Spirit will occupy and
purify my heart, help me discern the truth, make known to me the will
of God, be Lord of my life and keep me on the path of repentance, faith
and obedience continually reaffirmed and renewed.
THINK ABOUT IT DEAR READER...THINK ABOUT IT