Tuesday, 7 August 2012



What is wrong with the world? We live in the most revolutionary period of the world history. The current developments in information technology and communication are really astounding. Over the last few years; there has been an explosion in the methods of communication. From the age of teleprinters, we have come to the age of, radios, TVs, fax machines, computers, the Internet, cell phones, iPods, i phone and cyberspace. In almost all parts of the world these fast track developments have had their impact. So the world is really becoming a global village, especially in communication and the dissemination of information. Even though the world is definitely shrinking in terms of accessibility of information and ease in communication, it is still alien and a far removed reality for many.  The world today is at cross- road... We are in a curious predicament. The obverse of the coin is bright, the reverse grim.
Bible says "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble." (JOB 14:1)

This is a reminder that we are only “human.” We are mortals and are subject to death. Our life is like a flower, it is a shadow, the flower is fading, and all its beauty soon withers and is gone. The shadow is fleeting, and its very being will soon be lost and drowned in the shadows of the night. The shortness and uncertainty of human life too: Man is of few days. Life is here computed, not by months or years, but by days, for we cannot be sure of any day but that it may be our last. Man, as he is short-lived, so he is sad-lived. Though he had but a few days to spend here, yet, if he might rejoice in those few, it were well but it is not so. During these few days he is full of trouble, not only troubled, but full of trouble, toiling or fretting, grieving or fearing. No day passes without some vexation, some worry, some disorder or other.

As our minds are bombarded day after day with news of wars, oppression, famine, violent crimes and crisis upon crisis it is no wonder that we are prone to sit and utter one simple question of hopelessness, this being what is wrong with the world? The better question is what isn't wrong with the world? Chaos stalks the Nations. Things are falling apart. Moral Values cherished over the centuries are getting eroded. Nations with rich natural resources but the poverty of the masses is abysmal. The haves exploit the have- notes in a hundred ingenious ways. Women and the weaker sections of society reel under injustices and handicaps. Corruption is rampant. Mindless violence maims and destroys the precious lives of the innocent. Terrorism become a nightmare to all, anti social activities are on rise. On other side Global warming, an unnatural disaster on the rise because we humans like to pollute the very air we breathe, and destroy the ozone layer as a result. It could be said that somewhere along the path people started losing their way. The challenges today are enormous due to persistent poverty, complex social issues, poor infrastructure and weak governance; these problems are well known but not well understood.

British author Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 - 1936)) has been called the “prince of paradox.” He was known for his insightful views on many issues. Time magazine observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.” His prolific and diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction. The Times newspaper once had asked a number of authors to write on the topic: “What’s wrong with the world?” Chesterton’s answer at that time was the shortest of those submitted – he simply wrote.

Dear London Times,

I am.
Sincerely Yours,
G. K. Chesterton.

He was not joking. As a prominent writer, his answer was very fundamental.  The problem of this world will never be addressed in full until we come to understand in our minds, hearts, and soul that the problem lies first and foremost within us. The holy Bible says In Jeremiah 17:9 "The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”(NIT)

A world in chaos

It is clear from the books, newspapers, television, Internet and the media all around the world that there is plenty to complain about. Is there a nation anywhere in the world where some faction of the population does not complain about its government? We live in a world of tremendous uncertainty and anxiety. Christ warned that as the end times were upon us that there would be times of "perplexity" on the earth and distress of nations. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 says “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people” Perplexities are problems or challenges for which there seems to be no logical answer or solution. We are truly living in an age where the pages of bible prophecy are literally being fulfilled before our very eyes....and in the news! It all brings us to a concrete fact and reality— the helplessness and hopelessness of the mankind. For the student of bible prophecy, this only serves to confirm what we already know- God is in control!

Troubled World and Troubled mind.

God created man and placed him with perfect order in a garden to enjoy perfect peace, joy and happiness. But when Adam and Eve disobeyed, they were at once stricken with guilt and they hid themselves with shame. Guilt and fear replaced the peace and happiness they knew. Here was the beginning of a troubled world- and a troubled mind. Like Adam and Eve, when you are out of tune with God, fears and anxieties crowd into your life. When you focus your attention on the uncertainties of life, on a changing, decaying world, your security and confidence are shaken. Your peace is disturbed. Sin has separated man from God. “All we like sheep have gone astray” (Isaiah 53:6).” “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). Guilt, fear, irritation, resentment, selfishness, and other hostile impulses plague man wherever he goes. They bring weariness and mental exhaustion. The love of self was at the root of the first disobedience of man. It continues to be the one of the first basic evil inclinations that takes you down the path of despair and heartache. The longer you travel the path of self-centeredness, the more troubled you become.


The problem of “Sin” is the most serious problem in the world. Suffering is the result of human sin. The world is not the way that God created it and because of that, all are vulnerable to the effects of sin in the world. Why does one person suffer and another does not? Why do catastrophes happen to some and not to others? It is because sin is in the world. Sin is rebellion against God and His created order. God is the source of all life and joy. Therefore, when the human soul rebels against God, it loses its life and joy. But God has not left us alone in this fallen world. He continued to enter this world, pointing us to Himself, to truth, to morality, purity, and love. He used the evil of the world (liars, perjurers, the envious, etc.), to bring His Son to the cross so that we might have the opportunity to obtain eternal life. In this, God has not stepped away from fallen creation, but has stepped into it by becoming Jesus. God works within the fallen world to effect change and He uses fallen people to accomplish His will. In this, He is proving His sovereignty over evil, suffering, and rebellious people, proving that sin and evil are utterly futile, and that He is worthy of honor and glory.

Sin is when we do not measure up to God’s perfect standard.  We intuitively know when we have done something wrong and we feel guilty.  We end up with what Pastor Mike McKay calls a “mountain of moral debt.” We know that there is more to life than what we see in front of us.  We were born with eternity in our hearts.  But our sin creates a barrier between us and God.  We feel empty and lost.  We are unable to fulfill God’s righteous standard and purpose for our lives in this condition.

 When our first parents (Adam and Eve) disobeyed God, sin came into the world.  God is just and He must punish sin.  He tells us that the penalty for sin is death (eternal separation from God). "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23 )

Man never had to be taught to be selfish or proud or rebellious. It happened naturally. No one taught us to want what others have or to think that we are always right.  It happened naturally. The Bible tells us that everyone in the world has a debt problem.  Not a financial debt - a moral one.  The Bible calls this sin. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) We add to this debt every time we don’t do the things God asks of us, and then do the very things He asks us not to do.  It is like a disease that we are born with.  We just cannot clean up our own act.

Bible says, “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” (1 John 3:4). (Sin is Willful breaking of law or transgression.) “All wrongdoing is sin….” (All unrighteousness is sin)  (1 John 5:17). Paul says, “….. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Rom. 14:23). Then James declares, “So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin...” (James 4:17). Sin is also defined to be that of missing the mark. In other words, God’s law is there, but when one does not live according to it or when one breaks it, he misses the mark – that is SIN. Defined as, "Actions by which people rebel against God, miss His purpose for their life, and surrender to the power of evil rather than to God."

In the OT sin is Transgression of God’s Law — (Deu 6:24-25) " Braking of a Covenant —A violation of the righteous nature of God. God set the standard for His people (Lev 11:45 ) "  I, the LORD, brought you out of Egypt so that you could be my special people and I could be your God. I am holy, so you must be holy too.” Therefore, any deviation from God’s standard of righteousness is sin.

In the NT there are concepts much the same, but in addition there is introduced the Son of God, Jesus Christ. His perfection is the standard against which we judge and measure sin! Sin has its roots in the inner man — (Mat 15:18-20) “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.”  Sin is "unbelief." Unbelief rejects, denies, substitutes for God’s Truth! (John 3:18-19) "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."  Two interesting facts: Sinful nature is inherited — (Eph 2:3) "Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."Sin is the result of a human choice — (Rom 1:18-20) "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:"

Original sin and its consequences

The accounts of the first sin, which we find in the third chapter of Genesis, acquire a greater clarity in the context of creation. It begins with the conversation between the tempter, presented under the form of a serpent, and the woman. This is something completely new. Until then the Book of Genesis had not spoken of the existence in the created world of other intelligent and free beings, apart from the man and the woman. The description of creation in chapters 1 and 2 of Genesis concerns the world of "visible beings." The tempter belongs to the world of "invisible beings,” even though for the duration of this conversation he is presented by the Bible under a visible form. The human sin at the beginning of history occurred under the influence of this being.
The "ancient serpent" tempted the woman: "Did God say, 'You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?'" She replied: "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, 'You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.'" But the serpent said to the woman: "You shall not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil" (Gen 3:1-5). The tree "of the knowledge of good and evil" denotes the first principle of human life to which a fundamental problem is linked. The tempter knows this very well, for he says: "When you eat of it...you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 

The tree therefore signifies the insurmountable limit for man and for any creature, however perfect. The creature is always merely a creature, and not God. Certainly he cannot claim to be "like God," to "know good and evil" like God. God alone is the source of all being, God alone is absolute Truth and Goodness, according to which good and evil are measured and from which they receive their distinction. God alone is the eternal legislator, from whom every law in the created world derives, and in particular the law of human nature. As a rational creature, man knows this law and should let himself be guided by it in his own conduct. He himself cannot pretend to establish the moral law, to decide himself what is good and what is bad, independently of the Creator, even against the Creator. Neither man nor any other creature can set himself in the place of God, claiming for himself the mastery of the moral order. This is contrary to creation's own ontological constitution which is reflected in the psychological-ethical sphere by the fundamental imperatives of conscience and therefore human conduct.

In the Genesis account, in the guise of an apparently irrelevant plot, we find man's fundamental problem linked to his very condition as a creature. Man as a rational being should let himself be guided by the "First Truth," which is moreover the truth of his very existence. Man cannot claim to substitute himself for this truth or to place himself on a par with it. If this principle is called into question, the foundation of the "justice" of the creature in regard to the Creator is shaken to the roots of human action. The tempter, "the father of lies," calls in question the state of original justice by insinuating doubt on the truth of the relationship with God. In yielding to the tempter, man commits a personal sin and causes the state of original sin in human nature.
Consequently Sin separated man from God and Man’s basic crisis is Separation from God. We already know from scripture that Satan fell into sin prior to the work of God beginning in Gen. 1:3. He was a beautiful angel originally, rejoicing at God’s Creation (Job 38:4-7), but he sinned and was judged by God (Isa. 14:12-17; Ezek. 28:11-19). Note that Satan came to Eve in the appearance of a serpent, for he is a deceptive spirit and seldom appears to people in his true character. In Gen. 3, Satan is the serpent who deceives; in Gen. 4, he is the liar that murders (John 8:44).John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” We must take care to avoid his deceptive ways. 

As we see from the biblical account, human sin does not have its primary origin in the heart (and in the conscience) of man. It does not arise from his spontaneous initiative. It is in a certain sense the reflection and the consequence of the sin that had already occurred in the world of invisible beings. The tempter, "the ancient serpent," belongs to this world. Previously these beings endowed with knowledge and freedom had been "put to the test" so that they could make their choice commensurate with their purely spiritual nature. In them arose the "doubt" which, as recounted in the third chapter of Genesis, the tempter insinuates in our first parents. Already they had placed God in a state of suspicion and accusation. God who as Creator is the sole source of the good granted to all creatures, and especially to spiritual creatures. They had contested the truth of existence, which demands the total subordination of the creature to the Creator. This truth was supplanted by an original pride, which led them to make their own spirit the principle and rule of freedom. They were the first who had claimed the power "to know good and evil like God." They had chosen themselves over God, instead of choosing themselves "in God," according to the demands of their existence as creatures, for "who is like God?" By yielding to the suggestion of the tempter, man became the slave and accomplice of the rebellious spirits!

Unfortunately it is not an isolated event at the dawn of history. How often is one confronted with facts, deeds, words and conditions of life in which the legacy of that first sin is evident! Genesis places that sin in relation to Satan, and this truth about the "ancient serpent" is later confirmed in many other passages of the Bible. How is man's sin presented against this background? We read also in Genesis 3: "So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate" (Gen 3:6).

So detailed in its own way, what does this description reveal? It attests that the first man acted against the will of the Creator, under the influence of the tempter's assurance that "the fruits of this tree serve to acquire knowledge." It does not seem that man had fully accepted the totality of negation and hatred of God contained in the words of the "father of lies." Instead, he accepted the suggestion to avail himself of a created thing contrary to the prohibition of the Creator, thinking that he also “could be "like God, knowing good and evil."

Sin Causes a Fundamental Change.

God's love is revealed in creation, and it is also revealed in our salvation. God is always faithful in his love and show's his love for us constantly. But... we cannot experience the love of God and the salvation in Jesus because sin separates and alienates us from God, the only fountain of life. The Word of God affirms this: "They have forsaken me, the source of living waters; They have dug themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that hold no water" Jeremiah 2:13, "...all have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God Romans 3:23.

There is a wall that separates us from God, and an impassable abyss that keeps us from the fountain of life. The result of this is death. "For the wage paid by sin is death." It is losing and missing the only true Life. Man and woman scorned and rejected the tree of life and preferred the nourishment of the tree of knowledge. They did not want God's guidance and elected to walk alone with their own strengths and to build their own lives. They felt autonomous and rejected all dependence on God, believing themselves to be the only creator and author of their own destiny.

From the beginning, humanity rejected God's love and lost all interest of being in communion with Him. Man chose to build a kingdom without God, and instead of worshipping the true God he worshipped idols - the things of this world, his own handiwork - and in fact, he worshipped himself.

Consequently, fear, shame, hate, violence, and death entered the world. Humans are profoundly divided within themselves. Their individual and collective lives portray the dramatic battle between good and evil and light and darkness. By taking a deeper look at the human heart and contemplating his/her life, we can see that they find themselves not only disposed toward evil but truly submerged within a multitude of evils. Mankind feels chained.

Whenever we sin, there are consequences that come as a result of the sin. Some of those consequences are spiritual and some are physical. When Adam and Eve sinned they experienced both physical and spiritual consequences (Genesis 3).
The first result of their sin was their awareness of their nakedness. They lost their innocence. In their embarrassment, they tried to cover themselves by making some sort of clothing. God knew what had happened, but he wanted Adam and Eve to understand and admit their sin. When people make mistakes, there are two responses to the sin. Either they acknowledge their sin or they try to hid it. God understands we make mistakes, but he wants us to admit our faults. We cannot correct a wrong until we are able to admit that we made a mistake. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve tried to hide their sin. When God asked Adam what happened, Adam tried to pin the blame on Eve and indirectly on God. "It wasn't my fault, the woman you gave me, she gave me the fruit to eat." Adam said Eve gave him the fruit to eat, so it wasn't his fault. Indirectly he blamed God, "I didn't asked for this woman. You made her." When God asked Eve what happened, she too tried to pass the blame onto someone else. It wasn't her fault, the serpent tricked her.
God then pronounces the punishment for their sins.
To the serpent, he altered the animal's shape so that it had to crawl on its belly. In addition, he made a natural repulsion between the serpent's kind and the woman's kind. Even today, thousands of years later, there is a natural fear of snakes especially among women. Some people overcome their fear of snakes, but in general there is a natural dislike between snakes and people. In verse 15, there is a prophecy made about a future event. There would be hatred between a descendant of the snake and a descendant of the woman. The snake's descendant would bruise the woman's descendant's heel .Notice that death is another consequence of the sin of Adam and Eve. Until this time, there was no death. All creatures ate plants and Eve had access to the Tree of Life and therefore could live forever. By their sin, they introduced physical death into the world, giving Satan a mighty weapon to use against them and their descendants. God said they would surely die on the day they ate of the forbidden fruit. The Hebrew word for death literally means "dying you shall die." Adam and Eve did die a spiritual death immediately when they ate the fruit. Their sin separated them from God). But in their spiritual death, they also began to die physically. It wasn't just them. Their sin brought death to the whole creation.
The woman too received punishment for her sin. Just like the serpent, the punishment did not just effect her, but also all those who came after her. The first punishment was that childbirth would no longer be easy. It will be filled with sorrow and pain. Bearing children is not easy: from the morning sickness when the woman is first pregnant, to the discomfort of carrying a child, to the extreme pain of the actual birth, to the depression that follows as the woman's body returns to normal function. The second punishment was that the woman would no longer be emotionally independent. She would become emotionally bonded to her husband, becoming the follower, with the husband being the head of the family. Some women fight against this natural law, but it is a fact that this law exists.
The man also was punished for his sin. Like the serpent and the woman, the man's punishment did not effect Adam only. It applies to all men who descended from him. Until this time, Adam only had to do light work to care for the Garden. From this point on, man would have to labor hard for a living. The world would no longer cooperate and make it easy to earn a living. Even to this day, it is the man's responsibility to earn a living for his family. That work rarely comes easily, even if some of us do not do manual labor. The second half of the punishment is the affirmation of Adam, and all mankind's, eventual death.

The last consequence of Adam and Eve's sin was banishment from the Garden. The purpose of the banishment was to remove Adam and Eve's access to the Tree of Life. An angel was placed in the garden to ensure that no one could enter the garden. Their banishment also put a physical distance between them and their God who would walk at times in the garden. This is a physical representation of their spiritual separation. As a gesture of kindness, God replaced their inadequate fig leaf garments with tunics made of animal skins. This may have been the first death after their sin, when an animal was killed to produce the skins for Adam and Eve's clothing. A tunic is a long shirt that goes from shoulder to the knees; it is similar to long tee-shirts used for nightshirts. The tunic became the basic garment for mankind for thousands of years.

The physical consequence to sin will vary with the sin that is committed. However, the spiritual consequence remains the same; "for the wages of sin is death". The solution to the spiritual consequence of sin is also the same, no matter what the sin, "the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord". Salvation from our sins does not remove the physical consequences of sin. If you drank too much and developed hardening of the liver, it won't go away. If you committed sexual sins and picked up an disease or became pregnant, those problems will remain. However, the long term problem, our separation from God and eternal life can be cured. In addition, learning to live life God's way will give us the tools to handle the results of our past mistakes.

Evil progressed more and more after man's initial sin. The sin of the world generates multiple and serious consequences in all areas.

 In the body: suffering all kinds of afflictions, disease and illness, minor or severe, slight or incurable. There are deteriorating cells, diseased organs and impeded bodily functions; in all, an organic equilibrium that is torn and dysfunctional.  In the mind and the mind's behavior, there are all kinds of maladjustments, breakdowns and imbalances. Within ourselves, with others and with all creation we find disorder and lack of harmony. There are addictions and bondage, anguish, fear, shame, restlessness, anger, stress, sadness and depression, and life without meaning.

 Interpersonal relationships are either nonexistent or false. They are in conflict or sick. Married and family lives are maladjusted and dysfunctional and their serious wounds last a lifetime. We are unable to love in a healthy and constructive way. We cannot express love. Emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children and adolescents is commonplace. Sex is dehumanized and depersonalized. Aggressiveness is manifested in words and actions. Relationships turn deceitful, selfish, and possessive There are addictions and codependency, distrust and loneliness. " Social relationships in groups and nations: corruption, oppression, exploitation of the weak, injustice, violence, slavery, colonialism, imperialism, the search for power and dominion, racial conflicts and wars, segregation and marginalization, misery and hunger, manipulation of the mass media and factual information.

The earth is seriously damaged: The air, springs, rivers, lakes, and oceans are contaminated. Forests are being razed. Animal species are becoming extinct and our natural resources are being abused and destroyed.

God is not responsible for all of this. He neither wants it nor sends it. Humanity itself, having rejected God, created the havoc and the chaos, the imbalance, the illness and the death. Humanity itself is responsible. Man stubbornly returns to the origin and cause of all the evils and problems - the tree of knowledge. He searches and pretends to find the solutions to all his problems in his own science and wisdom. Man trusts his OWN strengths. Man's solutions, however, are all deceiving and false. And even though some of them seem legitimate, they prove to be only partial, superficial, and temporary.

Totally false: Satanism, occultism and esotericism. Magic, witchcraft, sorcery, quackery, spiritism and invocation of the dead, fortunetelling, trying to know the occult and the future, and all superstitious objects and beliefs, such as charms and talismans. Futile and highly dangerous: Include the search for and the promotion of mental powers and extrasensory faculties, mind control and transcendental meditation, etc.
Deceptive scheme of this world: Rationalism without faith, humanism without God; materialism without transcendence; political ideologies without principles and economic systems without truth that seem to offer a better world.

Legitimate in principle: Solutions offered by science and technology. But since they do not respect ethical and religious values, only having material, economic, and temporal interests, they fail to give real solutions. Therefore, they are only partial, superficial, and temporary.

God is not responsible for any of this; He doesn't want it, and He doesn't order it. Mankind is guilty of all the disorder. Mankind has become a slave to disordered tendencies. In interpersonal relationships, man and women have become addicted and they have been oppressed by all kinds of social dependencies: Cultural, economic, and political. We are enslaved by things of which we should be master. For example: Work should creatively actualize humans, but it has become a heavy burden and has unjustly subdued them. Where then can the solution be found?
The guilt and effects of this unique 'original' sin remain as the initial reason for sin in the world. In personal sin, for which each individual is actually responsible (actual sin), we freely follow our inclinations toward evil. This sin is symbolically described in the story of the tower of Babel (Genesis 11).

The Scriptures and tradition tell us far more of restoration and redemption than of original integrity and original sin. "However great the number of sins committed, grace was even greater" (Romans 5:20). In the story of Noah, for example, the rainbow becomes a sign of God's promise of restoration (Genesis 9).

 Whatever else is true of man, man is not what he was meant to be. Chesterton's remark reflects our own experience. We seem to have all the ingredients for happiness. But the power of evil within us and outside us seems to triumph. Our hearts are restless, sometimes broken. "Our hearts were made for you, O God, and they will know no rest until they rest in you" was how Saint Augustine put it.

  Unhappiness and evil in the world are definite problems. If the world was created by God who is infinitely good, how did evil come to reign so powerfully? Our question was asked and answered under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by the writer of Genesis. The story of Adam and Eve and how they fell from God's grace is familiar to us all. But as we have seen, the Church has to answer the question: "What did the writer of the story intend to convey to the people of his own day?" And the Church, of course, enjoys the assistance of the same Holy Spirit who inspired the writer.
 In spite of God's design and desire for mankind to live in the harmonious and abundant life relationship with Himself and all creation... the sinful choices of mankind result in separation from God as a consequence. Seeing the chaos in His creation and more directly, our lives, God offers a single, complete and radical solution — His Only Son Jesus.

The Great Deceiver
The very first way Satan attacked the mind of man, is still his favorite tactic today:“Did God really say…” When Eve began to doubt what God had said, or more specifically, when she began to question if He really meant it – Satan had his foot in the door. If Satan can get us to question God’s Word – to begin to doubt what God has already said – or to ask ourselves did God really mean what He said – then He has the door wide open in our minds.
 And he is cunning – crafty – and our minds are no match for his schemes. That is why we need God’s Word – to intake it, practice it, to preach it, to teach it, to progress in it – to do what the Psalmist says: “Thy words have I hid in my heart that I may not sin against thee.” The shortest question in the Bible is, remarkably, God's first question. It is a question asked in Genesis 3:9. Adam and Eve had just eaten some fruit from the forbidden tree and, sensing God's presence in the Garden of Eden, they hid among the trees. While they were hiding, God asked Adam a one-word question “Where are you?" It is a really great and short question, but in order to apprehend its greatness we must first get beyond the initial and justified reaction that this is a simple question. How, we have every right to ask, is it that the omniscient Lord of the universe, the One who spoke and the world came into being, the One who set the stars in their places and the sun in its course, the One who said to the ocean, this shall be your boundary, the God of all vision-how could it be that such a God had to ask Adam where he was?
What has God done to make it possible for one to be saved from sin
When we understand why God created, and then we can understand what sin is. Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God." Sin is failing to reflect the glory of God. It is the pursuit of satisfaction outside of Him, for we glorify the things we take satisfaction in. And we have not glorified God the way we should. Instead of seeking our satisfaction and joy in Christ we have sought it elsewhere, in things like money, friends, sex, etc. Paul refers to some of them as the being the works of the flesh. He says, “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions,  factions,  envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. ” (Gal. 5:19-21). On another occasion, Paul referred, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Cor 6:9-10).
Where does sin originated? Again, John says, “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8). Then he added, who is guilty of sin? Paul said, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,.” (Rom. 3:23). Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34). 
What is the penalty of sin? Those who break God’s law will have to pay a heavy price. Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. Paul says, “For the wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23). Even those who escape the penalty of sin in this world will have to face God at the judgment. There, they will not be able to escape.

What has God done to make it possible for one to be saved from sin:  God seeing that man was in sin, lost, and without hope, then He sent His Son into this world to die on the Cross that man might be saved.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  (John 3:16).But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place.

This desire and love in God's heart not only moved Him to create us. It also urged Him to go through a process so that He could enter into us and make us His expression. He, the infinite God, humbled Himself to become a finite human being named Jesus Christ. In Him, all the fullness of the Godhead dwelt, and through Him, all the fullness of the Godhead was expressed. Everything He did, said, and thought was a pure expression of God in humanity. This brought the highest delight to God, for in Jesus Christ, His eternal purpose began to be fulfilled in that a man was fully expressing God. Then the Lord Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified on a wooden cross in order that through death, the God-expressing life that resided within Him could be released and made available to us. He then resurrected from the dead to become the life-giving Spirit. As the life-giving Spirit, God is able to dispense everything that He is and has into us so that we can become exactly what He is—the expression of God in humanity. Unlike any other revelation of God, Jesus Christ is the clearest, most specific picture of God revealing himself to us.

God’s  love.

God’s will is for everyman to come to the knowledge of the truth. If a person wants to be saved, he must know the truth on how he can be saved. What is this truth that all men should know in order to be saved? God is the ultimate being in existence, perfect in power, love, and character. Since God wanted to share His love with others, He created the angels and human beings—spiritual creatures who can relate to Him. Because God is love, He wants us to love Him and love other people. Scripture reveals that we are descended from Adam and Eve and their extended family. That family relationship—our becoming children of God the Father —is the heart and core of God's incredible plan for humanity! We have the priceless opportunity to be a part of that family, the family of God!

The first question in the Bible teaches us that God seeks to ask His people questions. The Lord God asked, “Where are you, Adam?”  It is a question that echoes through history, “Where are you?” A question asked of every human being at every time and in every place, “Where are you? How did you get there? What have you become?” The answer added nothing to God’s knowledge, but it helped Adam understand where he was and it made clear his predicament. We need to know where we are. We need to know the difference between our illusions and His reality. God asks the deep questions because we avoid asking them. Where are you?  I was hiding behind a tree because I knew my nakedness. We have learned to hide behind so many other trees.

We are children who have put our hands in front of our faces. In the Bible God "draws near", "comes down" and seeks after us in order to enter into an intimate relationship with us.

 The whole Bible is the story of God seeking man. Man is on the run before God because he knows that he is guilty before God. However, God comes and seeks us and wants to reestablish a relationship of mutual love. It is God who takes all necessary steps to make this possible again. That is the story of the Bible from the first to the last book where we finally read about the new heaven and the new earth: "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people and God himself will be with them and be their God." (Revelation 21:3)

 The questions that God asks are not so much for His sake as they are for us. God wants to draw us near to Himself, and to search and know us. God delights in His children coming to Him and hearing Him as He speaks by His Spirit through His Word. He wants to speak to us, and for us to learn to listen to Him (Deut. 6:4; Prov. 2:1ff).When Adam and Eve sinned against God, they had gone their own way. They had lived according to their own plans, and done what was right in their own eyes Gen. 3:1-7. They had willingly broken fellowship and communion with God. Rather than truly listening and learning from their wonderful Creator and LORD, they chose to do their own will.Yet God graciously came to our first parents, and sought them out, even when they were not looking for Him! The Bible tells us that God came “walking in the garden in the cool of the day”(Gen. 3:8). Rather than join God for fellowship as would have been their normal practice and delight, Adam and Eve actually sought to hide from God because of the fear and shame that sin produces. Sin may cause us to hide from God, but in His mercy God seeks after His own.

Adam’s reaction to sin is the same reaction of man today.  The moment an individual is out of communion with God, he/she wants to hide from Him. When God originally placed Adam and Eve in the garden, they were in communion with their Creator.  Moses writes that God talked with Adam. But now that he has fallen, Adam has no desire to see his Creator; he has lost communion with his God, he cannot bear to see Him, and he runs to hide from God. But to his hiding place his Maker follows him. “Where are you?”

Several thousand years have passed away since the creation of the heavens and the earth, and yet this text in Genesis 3:9 has come rolling down the ages.   This text still echoes within the hearts of most men and women. Almost all individuals have heard this verse cited at some point in his or her lifetime.  This verse has resonated through the ages, especially the question that God asked Adam: “Where are you?”  Sometimes, as one witness the midnight hour stealing over himself/herself, one, too, may question his or her own relationship to God with the following questions: “Where am I? Who am I? Where am I going?

It is well for individuals to pause and to ask themselves the same question that God asked Adam and Eve.  Where do you stand in your relationship to God?  One must come to grips with his/her spiritual status. Have you asked yourself the question that God asked Adam? If not, why not? Whether you are an old man with hair turning gray, whether you are an old woman with eyes growing dim, whether you are a young boy or a young girl in the prime of your life, you will soon be in another world.  Since this is so, then one must reconsider his or her life by confronting the question head-on: “Where are you?”

Satan, sin and shame may drive us away from God, but God intends by grace to draw His dear children near to Him! (John 6:37, 44; James 4:8).John Calvin wrote: “No one will dedicate himself to God until he be drawn by His goodness, and embrace Him with all his heart. He must therefore call us to Him before we call upon Him; we can have no access till He first invites us…allured and delighted by the goodness of God.”What grace we behold in God coming to speak to the hearts of our first parents- -and to our hearts today!

God comes to us and asks us the question “Where are you?” so that we can see our need for Him and turn to Him and be restored from our sinfulness. God graciously promises His people that if we will turn to Him, He promises that He will have mercy on us and forgive us. God desires to restore His relationship to mankind that was broken by the fall. God desires to restore you to communion with Him right now.
Ultimately, God asks us the question of “Where are you?” so that we will be brought to see our sins and repent of them, finding grace in our time of need (Heb. 4:14-16).

Original Intention of Creation.

Did God create the world because He was lonely and needed fellowship? Did God create the world because He was bored and there was nothing better to do? Did God create the world so all men and women could be servants to Him? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding "NO!" God did not create the world because He was lonely or bored; He didn't do it because He needs us or wants all people to be a part of His servants. No, God is much more self seeking than that. He created the world for His glory. He created it to make His glory known. Or in other words, He created the world in order to display the infinite worth of His attributes. He wants to show how beautifully perfect He is. Do you agree that God's purpose in all He does is to glorify Himself?

To begin looking into this, we need to go all the way back to Genesis 1:26-28.

Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created hm; male and female He created them. And God blessed them; and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
God created man in His image. That means that God created mankind in such a way that they will reflect God's image (His glory). To reflect God's image is to reflect His greatness, His excellence, His beauty. He then commands Adam and Eve to "Be fruitful and multiply." He wants them to fill the earth with His image. So then, the earth will be filled with the glory of the Lord.

Isaiah 43:7 very bluntly states why Israel was created. It says, "Everyone who is called by my name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom, I have made." We were created for God's glory. You were created for His glory. I was created for His glory. Bible declares that Men and women are created in God's image and likeness, to be like Him. Genesis 5:3 says that the first man Adam later "begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth." So God was essentially reproducing Himself through humanity. Hence “We are the offspring of God." Therefore God’s purpose goes far beyond the creation of mortal, perishable human beings. He is in the process of fashioning and forming "a new creation" fathering His own spiritual children—immortal and incorruptible children instilled with His very nature and character. The more we understand just what that means, the more spellbound we will become—at not only the majesty of God's purpose but at what this bring about for each of us personally.

The very reason for creation, the purpose for which God made us and the most complete life, is found in the Holy Scripture and in living in the Biblical Holiness. A person may almost be known by the books he reads. The Bible is the light that shines the image of Christ upon the soul. The way of the Bible is the way of God, and is therefore the true path of life. Our desire and prayer should be, “let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,” (Psa. 90:17).  “What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and walk humbly with your God”(Micah.6:8).

God wants us to have more than an intellectual understanding of the principles of His kingdom and more than a mere awareness of His existence. His desire for man is that he might enter into a very personal and intimate relationship with his God.
Beyond the shores of time and the kingdoms of this world there is a kingdom called the Heaven. It is the place where God has His great white throne, around which the angels play upon their golden harps and shout, “praise, and glory, and wisdom, and thanks and honor, and power, and strength, be to our God forever and ever.”(Revelation 7:12). The life beyond death depends on the life here. If we live in humble obedience to God on earth then we will be with Him forever in that celestial holy city of Heaven. 
No one who is not saved from sin here can be saved from hell hereafter. No one can see the kingdom of Heaven above, unless the kingdom of God be in him below. Whoever will reign with Christ in heaven, must have Christ reigning in him on earth. Therefore let our whole life flow out in a trend with the word of God, until it wears a channel in holiness and Divine character. If you are born of God, if God has planted in you divine life, which, in theology is called regeneration. If there has been a birth from God, there will also be growth from God.

Hence walk humbly with God and live in the most intimate communion with God. Meditate in His law day and night; let the love of your heart grow warmer; let life be the holiest possible. Do this, and you will be one of the jewels God will gather to bedeck the temple of the skies. Therefore “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14) His command is, "Be ye holy, for I am holy" (1 Pet. 1:16).When a person understands the truth about holy Life and its original purpose, it becomes the most desirable possibility in all of human experiences.  There is nothing so beautiful, so satisfying and so natural in all of human life than knowing the Creator of the Universe fully and intimately and walking with God Daily. 

Man search for a perfect world

 The Greek philosopher Socrates made this statement:"Oh that someone would arise, man or god, to show us God."In the minds of scholars, here's one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived; and yet he, himself, had beating in his own breast—and he admitted it—oh that god could come in a man and show the world god in human form. Plato, who was one of the great students of Socrates, said, "Unless a god man comes to us and reveals to us the Supreme Being, there is no help or hope."  Again, Plato said, “The world will never be set right until the perfect man arises who will be persecuted, buffeted, and tied to a stake and so bring a new righteousness."
 Now please take note. Plato did not know about what he was talking, but he almost hit the nail on the head. Bible says “But your sinful acts have alienated you from your God; your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to your prayers “(Isaiah 59:2). “But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8) One of the greatest truths Prophet Jonah reveals in the scripture is that “Salvation and deliverance belong to the Lord!” (Jonah 2:9b.AMP)
 David, the ancient Jewish king , best framed the question in its universal relevance when he addressed it to God:“When I see Your heavens, the works of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is mortal man, that You remember him, And the son of man, that You visit him?”

 David's son and successor to the throne, Solomon, received valuable wisdom regarding his father's question. Although he could not answer it, he elegantly identified its source: "God," he wrote in the poem Ecclesiastes, "has placed eternity in men's hearts." Understanding eternity to be "a divinely implanted sense of a purpose," Solomon's statement sheds much light on this mysterious purpose which we are seeking: a God who implants a sense of purpose within man must Himself be a God of purpose. In other words, Solomon's discovery implies what we have always sensed to be true but may not have had words to express: God has an eternal purpose.

What the restlessness in God's heart moved Him to do is almost beyond our power to fathom: God created man as the unique one with whom He would fulfill His purpose. God made us in His image and according to His likeness, similar to Him in every respect. For example, God is love, which is why we have a virtue called love; God is perfect, so we have an aspiration for perfection; God is just, so we have a sense of right and justice. In fact, every one of our positive attributes is a reflection of who and what God is.

But the similarity does not stop there. Perhaps our chief similarity to God is His very own sense of purpose which He duplicated in us at the time of our creation. Because He needs us for the fulfillment of His eternal purpose, He created in us a matching need for satisfaction which can only be met when His purpose is accomplished. Thus, by virtue of our creation by God, we cannot be satisfied until He fulfills His purpose. Is it any wonder that despite our accomplishments, education, entertainment, pleasure, and even religion, we are left empty and seeking? These things do not fulfill God's purpose; hence neither can they satisfy us. By replicating in man His own sense of purpose and need for satisfaction, God took a momentous step in fulfilling His eternal purpose.
Note the earlier quoted verse “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; “(Ecclesiastes 3:11) this means we are never going to be satisfied with earthly pleasures and pursuits. Because we are created in God's image, we have a spiritual thirst. We have eternal value and nothing but the eternal God can satisfy us.
The Futility of man search

Scripture also teaches that no amount of human goodness, human works, human morality, or religious activity can gain acceptance with God or get anyone into heaven.  The moral men, religious man, immoral and non-religious are all in the same boat. They all fall short of God’s perfect righteousness. After discussing the immoral man, the moral man, and the religious man in Romans 1:18-3:8, the Apostle Paul declares that both Jews and Greeks are under sin, that “there is no one righteous, not even one” (Rom. 3:9-10). No amount of human goodness is as good as God. God is perfect righteousness.
Because of this, No sinner can ever enter God’s holy heaven (Rev.21:27) through our own good works or by trying to be good we cannot take away even one sin (Isa. 64:6). The punishment for sin is the lake of fire, the second death (Hell).  Rev.21:8; 20: 11-15.  A place of eternal suffering Mat. 13:41,42.In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. But God loved each of us so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear our sin and die in our place. “God demonstrates His love toward us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Although we cannot understand how, God said our sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. Jesus became our substitute

Without God we are like troubled sea

"He has built in us a restless yearning for the kind of perfect world that can only be found in a perfect rule. He has given us a glimpse of the perfection of his creation. But it is only a glimpse; we cannot see into the future or comprehend everything. So we must trust Him now and do his work on earth." Therefore the key to excellence of life is to be centered on God’s principles. We’re not in control; God is in control. We’re arrogant when we think we are in control. Yes, we may control our actions, but not the consequences of our actions. Those are controlled by God’s eternal laws. You can make your own choice, because God has given you free will. But He has also given you a specific, custom-fitted plan for your lives. His plan for your life is different than His plan for mine. In this exciting journey, you will learn to see life from a different perspective. No matter what your circumstances, God can gather up the broken pieces and random elements of your life and form them into a beautiful mosaic—making you a useful vessel for His glory.

When man fell, he became dung.  His righteousness became filthy rags.  Salvation's plan was made, but that plan is twofold.  The first step in that plan is the salvaging of the spirit of man when man puts his faith in the finished work of Christ.  After that salvaging, however, there remains another salvaging (salvation) and that is when man is recycled in order that he may once again fulfill his original purpose just as the tin and the aluminum that are recycled. The lost man is free to choose good, but he cannot do what he chooses because he is lost. He may admire goodness, choose to do goodness, but he will not do goodness, for even his righteousness is as filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6, Bible says “All have sinned and come short of the glory (holiness) of God.  (Rom. 3:23).For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.(Rom.6:23). God want us to enter Heaven after we leave this world.
 We cannot save ourselves. Titus 3:5,  Ephe. 2: 8-9. “We need the saviour -- Jesus Christ, to take away our sins and to bring us to God.  (1 Pet. 3:18). Salvation is found in no one else (other than Jesus) for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” Although our soul longs for God, our sinful nature rebels at His ways. Part of us yearns for God and part of us reaches for fleshly desires. Our hearts are a battleground of continual conflict. This inner struggle causes tension and excessive strain. 

Without God we are “like troubled sea. When it cannot rest. Whose water cast up mire and dirt” (Isaiah 57:20)There can be no peace until all of life- mind, body, and spirit- are coordinated by the One who made us and understands us. He is not only master of the world but knows your life and mine from the beginning to the end. He was thinking of us when He came into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:79) As the Prince of Peace, He invites you to come to Him. “Come unto me, all ye that labbour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). When you come to Him, you will find relief and relaxation in the freedom He gives. Your peace will be as a river. (Isaiash 48:18)- an active, sparkling peace that is refreshing and strong, a peace that passeth all understanding (Philippians $:7). Will you come to jesus, casting your burden upon Him? He says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.. Let not you heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”(john 14:27).

A Man without sin

The Bible also tells us that sin came into the world when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God's commandment. Romans 5:12 says “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned”- and since then only one person was able to claim that he was without sin. The scriptures are very careful to present Jesus as sinless at all times 2 Cor.5:2; 1 Pt. 2:22; 1 Jn.3:5. Bible says in Heb.4:15: "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are yet without sin." Jn. 8:46 Jesus asks the people "which of you convicts me of sin."But this was too much for his contemporaries and they put him to a horrible death when he was just 33 years old. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus in a little town of Jerusalem forever changed the history of the world. This was not an ordinary Death! The remarkable signal and subsequent proceedings were the evidence that Jesus Christ is the most unique personality ever lived in all history.

The Old Testament prophets predicted Christ’s coming.  The Angel Gabriel announced His arrival. The Angelic host sang a chorus for Him at his birth.  The brightest star marked His presence.  The Wise men came to worship Him. The Shepherds came to honor Him.  The Priests knew from the Scripture that He was coming. Jerusalem was troubled at His coming.  Simeon, the just and wise man in the Jerusalem temple took Jesus in his arms and blessed God and said “Lord….my eyes have seen your salvation…which you have prepared before the face of all people. However, His coming into the world was not the beginning of Jesus. He was the word that was in the beginning. He came from eternity. He always was and is eternal God. He came from glory, the glory that was before the world ever was (John 17:5). He temporarily laid aside His glory and took a body, through the Virgin Mary, to live in long enough to die for the sins of the world. C. S. Lewis said it well: "The Son of God became a man that men might become sons of God." God became a man so that you might become God's child.
Due to the sinful nature of our attitude, we tend to blame everyone for our own misfortunes and for the evil in the world. We point our finger at our parents, our teachers, politicians but almost never at the target that we should. Yet the habit of blaming others did not begin with modern trend. Already in the Garden of Eden Adam blamed Eve and she blamed the serpent. Since then everyone has blamed everybody else, and there seems to be no end in sight for this blaming mania. However, Chesterton advices us to take a good look at ourselves in the mirror.

Jesus Christ is the perfect demonstration of God's Love.

Psalm 8:3-4 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? .

And gospel of John says “For God so loved the world that He gave his only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn.3:16).

Love is what we all want. To be loved is the most amazing thing that can happen to you. Where can you go to feel completely accepted? Where can you look to find unconditional love? There is only one place where love never disappoints. The picture of pure love. But how can you know God loves you? How can you see it?
The picture of pure, passionate love is caught in the frame of Jesus loving you while hanging on the cross. God made His love visible in Christ. And Jesus showed that love is measure not merely by feeling, but by sacrifice. How can you know pure love? Imagine asking Jesus, “How much do you love me?” He would stretch out His arms, with His nail-pierced hands, and say, “This much”. You can experience His pure love. You can’t deny it or make up for it. So how do you get free from your guilt? Can anyone help? Your sin and guiltiness had to be punished and paid for. That’s how serious God is about your guilt. Jesus was brutally beaten and killed because that is what it took for us to be forgiven of our sins. It was an enormous cost that He was willing to pay for you.

Ask to be forgiven. Forgiveness is a gift that Jesus freely extends to you- but you must accept it for it to be yours. You can experience complete forgiveness. Where can you turn to experience ultimate wholeness?

Jesus cane to do more than forgive you of your sin, He also came to make you whole. Jesus’ forgiveness shows that He loves you as you are. Jesus’ healing shows He loves you too much to leave you as you are. He wants to make you whole. Jesus said, ”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”(John 14:27)

Jesus came to be the forgiver of your soul and the leader of your life. He can put your life back together. He can help you trust, dream, and love again without fear. He will take you hole-hearted life and turn it into wholehearted passion. Confident hope for eternal life is only found in the One who died and came back from the dead- Jesus. Now he holds the keys of death and can raise you- and those you love- from the dead too! Because of Jesus, our “goodbyes” can be changed to “See you again!”You can experience everlasting life. Jesus is knocking at your heart’s door. He is extending an invitation to you to open your heart and let Him come in. You can open your heart and experience pure Love, Complete forgiveness, Absolute Wholeness, and Everlasting Life. Pray. “God thank you for what You have done for me I believe you sent Jesus die for my sins instead of me.  I believe Jesus rose again to give me everlasting life. Please forgive me for the wrong things I have done. Please give me a new and clean heart. I invite You into my life. Teach me to do everything You want me to do and to follow You all the days of my life. I pray this believing in what Jesus did for me. Amen.”

Man’s Plan and Gods purpose for salvation.

Man miserably failed to achieve peace, harmony, happiness and salvation through his own efforts. He has a broken relationship with God and his fellowmen. He needs a savior for reconciliation and restoration. Hence all the religions teach about salvation. It is the aim of every religion to help the man through the misery and wretchedness to reach the ultimate goal in life i.e. God-given salvation. They recommend 3 popular ways to help man to reach this experience. This is known as Path of action, path of love and path of knowledge. Man always tries to find the salvation of his soul through the one or the other of this path. Though religion made this attempt, they failed miserably to help mankind to gain salvation. But the Bible teaches that it is “justification through faith” , the living faith on Lord Jesus Christ alone can help the man to find salvation of his soul. It is God that gives to helpless man  a sinner, a man who is unworthy, God in His grace through His Son Jesus, delivers the mankind from the guilt and punishment of his sin i.e. God-given salvation.

With regards to the concept of salvation, there are several underlined facts in the concept of the man. One of the concepts is that he is capable enough to save himself. In other words, he can save himself by his own efforts.  Let me make it very clear here that no man is able to save himself. Example -- You may suppose that I had slept and fell into a deep river and I do not know swimming. For some time, I fell in the water and there I attempt to catch my own hair in order to save myself. As you know it is practically impossible for me to catch hold of my own hair and lift myself.  In this manner, a miserable man who is sinking in drunkenness, drugs, unrighteousness, superstition, immorality, terrorism, corruption, half truths, wickedness, adultery, idolatry, dead traditions, brainwashing and evil imagination. Man who is sinking in the evil and sinful sea, you cannot save yourself from the trap you are caught in. Now a rat that fell in a trap, how much struggle and efforts it makes even though blood and water come out, it cannot escape from the trap. As a matter of fact, you are by the things that defeats you, and you get defeated and the things that subject your body, mind and soul, you know it well that you are the slave of these things, those things, neither can you save yourself nor you can save by the various efforts of your own body that which is inferior. Jesus Christ, the son of God,  loves us and gave Himself up for us, that He might redeem us from all wickedness.(Eph.5:2, Titus 2:14).

 Now, let me pass on to another misconception that people have regarding this experience of salvation that one can save himself by a mediator that stands between God and himself. In all religion there exist idea of mediator between the Holy God and the sinful man. A majority of people believe that it is possible to receive salvation through a mediator. It should be underlined here that a similar man like you who himself needs salvation, cannot be a mediator for you. Similarly, the so-called religious leaders, founders of religions, social reformers, and philosophers are all sinners in nature and fall short of unworthy to become our mediators. If you know their secret life, it may be much more corrupt than that of others. Therefore, the effort of a sinful man to save others becomes futile and useless. Bible declares that “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus who gave himself as a ransom for all men.  (1 Tim. 2:5-6).
 Another concept that has in the mind of people, different religions can provide salvation to a man. Let me make it clear not a single religion can save a man. The plain reason behind it is that the religion itself is a congregation of people who are searching themselves. The representatives of these people themselves attaining various means and ways to achieve salvation, but they couldn’t find. The word religion in its essence sense is opinion about God, man, spiritual reality and the unseen things so on and so forth. If someone says that it is his religion means that is his opinion. Suppose that I fell into deep waters sinking and dying and all the different religions stand on the bank and start to give me swimming lessons, when flattering into the water while casting a last look to shore for my escape, why should I care for the swimming lessons. My utmost need is a savior -- one who can come down to very place of mine and lifts me up from there and bring me to the shore. No ideological advises, philosophy or principles can bring salvation. All world religions are full of such advises, opinions and philosophies, but only one book reveals the truth.  One of the main themes that have been dealt with in the Bible is that helpless and discouraged sinner, a miserable and wretched sinner a weak and guilty sinner, can be saved by the grace of God through the living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 The Atonement of Jesus Christ

It is impossible to put into words the full meaning of the Atonement, which is the most important and most transcendent event in the history of the world. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, the Savior atoned for our sins. This is the good news for all people!

God’s wrath against our sin is the fundamental problem the gospel addresses. Jesus died on the cross as a propitiation, a sacrifice that turns away God’s wrath (Rom 3:25:1 jn.2:2, 4:10) in order that we would be saved through faith in him. The substitutionary atonement refers to Jesus Christ dying as a substitute for sinners. Jesus Christ died in our place when He was crucified on the cross. We deserved to be the ones placed on that cross to die because we are the ones who live sinful lives. But Christ took the punishment on Himself in our place—He substituted Himself for us and took what we rightly deserved. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed” (1 peter 2:24). 
After acknowledging and confessing of sins the sinner must realize that he needs salvation and Jesus is the only One who can save him. (John 14;6; Acts 4;12).
The shedding of blood and sacrifice was legally necessary to atone for man’s sins. God chose crucifixion to break man’s heart over his sin and show the seriousness of his sin. Through the Cross, God is just in that he rightfully discourages sin, but at the same time, he extends the opportunity for mercy and forgiveness.
Christ died for our sins and He was buried, and He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.  He was seen of Cephas, then of the 12, after that He was seen of above 500 brethren at once….(1 Cor. 15:3-6).

Why did Jesus die? 

John 17:4 says, "I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do." The life of Christ brought great glory to God because He lived a perfect love of obedience through love to God.And it is Christ's love for the Father that led Him to the cross. When Jesus contemplated His upcoming death, He was filled with great sorrow. John 12:27-28 says, "Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Thy name." There came therefore a voice out of heaven: "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again."

In His time of sorrow, Jesus' one request was that God would glorify His name. And when He prepared Himself to go to the cross, it wasn't His love for people that helped Him overcome, it was His love for God manifested in the joy of knowing God is glorified. "...for the joy set before Him [He] endured the cross..." (He 12:2). Jesus knew that His death would bring great glory to God because through His death, the righteousness of God is fully manifested.

"...Christ Jesus,; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus" (Romans 3:25-26).

The tension between God's love for His glory and God's love for sinners who have profaned His glory are reconciled at the cross of Christ. God's justice and God's mercy come together. Before the cross someone could look at the wicked prospering and ask whether God is just. For how can a just God possibly let all of this sin go unpunished? In the cross we see God's justice beautifully displayed and at the same time, His love shines forth. Therefore, the righteousness of God is clearly demonstrated in the death of Christ.
Jesus Christ did what only He could do in atoning for our sins. To make His Atonement fully effective in our individual lives, we must have faith in Christ, repent of our sins, be baptized and confirmed by one having authority, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, obey God’s commandments, receive sacred ordinances, and strive to become like Him. As we do these things through His Atonement, we can return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father forever.

God's acts of salvation are motivated by His love for His glory. In Isaiah 48 and Ezekial 36, have shown that God save His people, Israel, not for their sake, but for His. And Christ also died to save His people because of His love for the glory of God. What about the salvation of individuals? Why does God forgive us? For our sake of for His?

"Although our iniquities testify against us, O Lord, act for Thy name's sake!" (Je 14:7). "Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Thy name, and deliver us, and forgive our sins, for Thy name's sake" (Psalm 79:9).

And David said in Psalm 25:11, "For Thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great."

Just as David was full of sin, we too, are full of sin. We cannot save ourselves and our sin deserves an eternity of conscious torment in hell. Our only hope is to throw ourselves at the foot of the cross, crying out for mercy. We must cry out with David, "For Thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great." It is not for our sake that God forgives, but for His name's sake!"I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake" (1 Jn 2:12).
 Jesus appeared to take away our sins.  And in Him is no sin. ( 1 Jn. 3:5).
 Jesus willingly died to take the punishment for our sins.  Jn. 10:11,18.
 Because Jesus had no sin, He could take the punishment for our sins (2 Cor. 5:21).
 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring
You to God.  He was put to death in the body but made alive by the spirit. (1 Pet. 3:18). 
The Lord has laid on Him (Jesus) the sin of us all.  (Isa.53:6, 1 Pet. 2:24). 
He was buried and on the 3rd day He rose again from the dead.  1 Cor. 15:3,4). 
Jesus resurrection is “God’s stamp of approval”, “God is apologetic”, of Christ and His life, claims and sacrifice on the cross. It is an even stronger “proof” of Christ and Christianity than even His spotless life. Paul concluded his message, “He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead,”( Acts 17:31b).
 The primary message of the Bible is Christ’s resurrection, and the resurrection formed the cornerstone of the entire NT. Paul wrote: (He) “was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead” (Rom 1:4). At Pentecost Peter clearly established the fact that Christ’s death and resurrection qualify Him to be Lord (Acts 2:32-36).
The resurrection of Christ establishes His Lordship by attesting to the stupendous claims He made about Himself. The most startling claim was that he would rise from the dead, which he did, which lends support and authenticates all His other claims. Christ’s resurrection also shows us that Christ can be and is Lord of everything  because He defeated man’s enemies, thereby availing salvation and victory. Jesus overcame sin (Matt: 20:28), Mark 10:45, John 1:29; 1 Cor. 15:17; Rom. 4:25). Jesus overcame death (1 Cor. 15:20-26; Heb. 2;14-15). Jesus defeated Satan and evil (1 Cor. 15;23-28; Heb. 2:14; 1 John 3;8). Jesus inaugurated the Kingdom of God and decisively defeated Satan at His first coming, and he will consummate the Kingdom of God and His victory at His Second Coming.
He is the Prince of Peace
The great search is on! Multitudes are seeking peace in fame and fortune, in pleasure and power, in education and knowledge, in human relationships and marriage. They desire to fill their heads with knowledge and their purses with wealth, but their souls remain empty. Others are seeking to escape the realities of life with drugs or alcohol, but the peace they seek eludes them. All their seeking only takes them in a vicious circle of frustration and futility. They are still empty and lonely, still in a troubled world with a troubled mind.
Many search among outward and tangible things, but neglect to look within. They are afraid of what they may discover. They would like to blame a troubled world for their troubled minds, but the cure begins within their own hearts.
Instead of seeing yourself as the center of existence, you need to turn to God and make Him your central purpose in your life. Without God as your center, you fall easy prey to petty worries, self-pity, fears, and anxiety. With God in the center, every area of your life will reach out from the “hub” like spokes in a wheel and make your life complete and worth living. Only a heart centered in God can be kept steady and peaceful.
The psalmist declares, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed, I will sing and give praise.”(Psalms 57:7). With the whole trust in God, he could rejoice in quietness of mind. With our hearts fixed on God, we have inward peace in the midst of outward troubles. It is possible to be “troubled on every side, yet not distressed… perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8)
The solution depends upon a prior understanding of what the fundamental problem is. And the problem is sin. The default moral state of mankind is sin. There is "none righteous, no, not one...there is none who does good, no, not one" (Romans 3:11, 12,). Although this wanton act of violence appears as the most obvious proof of this proposition, the existence of everyday sins reinforces this fact: people lie, steal, boast, disobey and hate as easily as they breathe. And "knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them" (Romans 1:28-32).Since, theology claims, all humans have violated God's law (in thought, word and deed), then the salvation men seek should be spiritual and not political or cultural. But what is salvation? Since "by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight" (Romans 3:20), salvation cannot be obtained by obeying God enough. Rather one's right standing before God's law-court can only come through faith alone in Christ alone.
Anyone who repents of their sins and trusts in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, can be delivered from judgment. God sent His Son to live and die in the place of sinners. And any sinner can flee to Him.

Jesus invites all men to the most meaningful, life- changing experience. “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things have passed away; behold all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Will you accept His invitation, “Come unto me”? He offers light for darkness, trust for doubt, peace for strife, joy for sorrow, rest for weariness, hope for despair, and life for death. God made man with a living soul which longs to be in fellowship with its Maker. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1,2 ). Only the living God will satisfy the soul. Of this you may be certain: you will never be at peace until you are at peace with God.

How, then, shall we escape if we pay no attention to such a great salvation?
It's crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we've heard so that we don't drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit. (Hebrews 2:1-4MSG)
 "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?" The author places a large responsibility upon the reader. He says 'we must pay much closer attention. Now this is a sobering word for the world, because most people do neglect the greatness of salvation.
 Salvation;--the very term imports safety or deliverance from great impending evil. If there be no such evil, there is then no meaning to this term--no real salvation. The writer is speaking of the salvation declared in the gospel; and the idea that immediately suggested its greatness is the greatness of its author and revealer. It is because Jesus Christ by whom this gospel came is so great, compared with angels that the writer conceives of this salvation as pre-eminently great and glorious.
What is it really—this great salvation? What he's really saying is: Don't neglect being loved by God. Don't neglect being forgiven and accepted and protected and strengthened and guided by Almighty God. Don't neglect the sacrifice of Christ's life on the cross. Don't neglect the free gift of righteousness imputed by faith. Don't neglect the removal of God's wrath and the reconciled smile of God. Don't neglect the indwelling Holy Spirit and the fellowship and friendship of the living Christ. Don't neglect the radiance of God's glory in the face of Jesus. Don't neglect the free access to the throne of grace. Don't neglect the inexhaustible treasure of God's promises. This is a great salvation. Neglecting it is very evil. We will not neglect our eternal joy in God—which is what salvation is. We will gouge out our eyes rather than be lured away from eternal life.

How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? There are at least two reasons you might neglect something. One is that it is not really great, and so you neglect it and spend your time and energy on something that you think is really great. The other is that, even though it might be really great, you may not have access to sufficient evidence that it really is great. In the first case, you may know the salvation, but you don't think it is so great. In the second case, you neglect it because you don't know the salvation. How many people do you know who give serious, sustained attention to the salvation accomplished by Christ—who love it, and think about it, and meditate on it, and marvel at it, and feel continual gratitude for it, and commend it to others as valuable, and weave it into all the lesser things of their lives, and set their hopes on it? Do you live this way? Is there a sense of greatness in your mind about your salvation? To neglect our great salvation is to come into judgment and there will be no escape.

There are four stages of witness:"It was at the first spoken through the Lord," it implies that God the Father was the first speaker of this salvation. Then the second witness is the Mediator, the go-between, Christ Jesus. "It was at first spoken through the Lord," that is, through Jesus. This is a reference to the earthly ministry of Jesus as he taught and healed and cast out demons and preached the kingdom of God and died and rose again. So the great salvation was spoken by God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. Therefore whatever stamp God the Father leaves on this testimony bears witness to its divine origin and whatever stamp the Lord Jesus leaves on it bears witness to its endorsement by the Son.

The third witness in the sequence is mentioned "those who heard." Heard what? Heard what was spoken by the Lord. In other words, he is referring to the eyewitnesses, the apostles, those who had spent time with Jesus and heard him teach and heard him tell the storm to be still and heard him command demons to come out of people and heard him stump the Pharisees, and heard him teach the incomparable words of the Sermon on the Mount and heard him interpret the Old Testament, and heard him make stupendous claims about his own resurrection and his purpose to ransom many from sin, and heard him speak from a resurrected body and command them to go and make disciples of all nations.

These were the ones who had come to preach to the readers of this letter. The readers had heard the stories of Jesus from the very mouths of eyewitnesses. They had heard God and they had heard Jesus by hearing the very witnesses who were there when God spoke through his Son, Jesus Christ.

So the great salvation was "confirmed" by these eyewitnesses. Without these witnesses there would be no faith. These witnesses are the indispensable link to the speaking of God the Father and of Jesus Christ. The firmness of our faith rests on these witnesses. Without them there would be no rock to stand on. These are the foundation. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ—but a word mediated by personal eyewitnesses.
The fourth witness in this series is again God himself. The sequence begins with God and ends with God. "God also bearing witness with them [that is, with the eyewitnesses], both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will." God spoke the great salvation into being through Jesus, and now God comes in again to witness to his own word and work.
The way he witnesses is through signs and wonders and miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit. In other words, when the apostles came to preach and witness to what they had seen and heard, God enabled them to do miracles and he poured out on the new believers gifts of the Spirit. This was God's added testimony to the message of his great salvation.

Now here's the key question. How do all these witnesses give a firm foundation to our faith in God's great salvation? Two things have to happen to move from skepticism to a well-grounded faith: first, a testimony has to make clear something real—the historical and moral and spiritual quality of the reality has to be portrayed clearly; and second, the mind of the listener has to be careful and clean and humble enough to perceive and embrace what is real. In other words, coming to a valid conviction about truth from a testimony is ultimately the coherence or harmony between the mind's view of trustworthiness on the one hand, and the witness's embodiment and presentation of reality on the other hand.

It is great in its very nature. It is salvation from death in sin.
One of the great facts is given us by human consciousness--that men are dead in sin. Every man knows this. We all know that apart from God's quickening spirit, we have no heart to love God. Each sinner knows that, whatever may be his powers as a moral agent, yet, left to himself, there is in him a moral weakness that effectually shuts him off from salvation, save as God interposes with efficient help. Hence the salvation that meets him in this weakness and turns him effectually to love and to please God, must be intrinsically great.

Again, it is great because it delivers from endless sinning and suffering.
Observe again, this salvation is not merely negative--a salvation from sin and from suffering: it has also a positive side. On this positive side, it includes perfect holiness and endless blessedness. It is not only deliverance from never-ending and ever-accumulating woe;--it is also endless bliss--exceeding in both kind and degree, all we can conceive in this life. This is not the world to realize the full bliss of unalloyed purity. There will be sin around us;--there will yet be some sad traces of it within us. Yet who of us does not sometimes catch a distinct view of that purity and blessedness which we know reigns in heaven? Most blessed views there are, yet no doubt dim and weak, compared with the great reality. When that bliss shall be perfect--when nothing more is left us to desire, but every desire of our soul is filled to its utmost capacity, and we shall have the full assurance that this blessedness must increase with the expansion of our powers and with our advance in knowledge as we gaze with ever growing interest into the works of the great God;--this will be heaven! All this is only one side--the positive side of that blessedness which comes with this great salvation.

Now set yourselves to balance these two things one against the other; an ever-growing misery and an ever-growing blessedness. Find some measuring line by which you can compare them.

According to the Bible, this blessedness of the holy is the full fruition of God's love. Hence the bliss which it involves can be nothing short of infinite. It can have no limit. A really comprehensive view of what it will be would be overpowering. This salvation is life's great work. If not made such, it had best be left alone. To put it in any other relation is worse than nothing. If you make it second to anything else, your course will surely be ineffectual--a lie, a delusion, a damnation! Are you giving your attention effectually to this great subject? This is the message that demands our closest attention. People have all degrees of attention. Some people pay very close attention, some people pay less attention, and some people pay no attention at all. We have all been in a situation where we were in a conversation, and suddenly our mind wanders off. Instead of listening to the person talking, we begin to think about what we did last night, or what we are going to have for dinner. Then, just as suddenly, we come back to the conversation and realize we haven't heard a word. We have no idea what that person has just said because we haven't been listening.

This is what the writer to the Hebrews is concerned about. He is disturbed that people will hear the material presented, but they won't pay attention. He is warning us to pay attention 'lest we drift away from it.' This phrase literally means to 'slide past,' or 'drift past' something. The picture is of a boat that drifts by the safety of the harbor because the crew is not paying attention to where they are sailing. Suddenly, the boat drifts by the harbor, and the boat, with nowhere to go but into the open sea, is doomed to destruction.

Now the question remains, 'How do we know this salvation is true? How do we know that Christ died for our sins, and God will forgive us if we believe?' The reason people do not believe is because people do not pay attention to the revelation. God has given the authority for the message of salvation. The author says, 'After it was at the first spoken through the Lord...' The unmistakable message of salvation through Christ was not spoken by men. It was spoken for the very first time, through our Lord Himself. Luke 19:10 declares this truth. Jesus says, 'For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.' In like manner, Matthew 20:28 declares '...the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.' Jesus Christ Himself announced that He came to earth to pay the price for the sins of those who will believe in His work and person.
All of these facts point to the fact that the Gospel is the superior message from God. It supersedes all other revelation given through the prophets or through the angels. Furthermore, the revelation of Christ is God's final revelation. When Christ sat down at the right hand of God, it was a clear display of the finality of the revelation that God has given to us. We have all we need for salvation and righteousness.

Where are you? Have you come to realize that the message of Christ is superior? Have you placed your faith in His person and work? If you have not done this, is there a reason? Or are you one who does not pay attention to the message of Christ? Remember, if you do not pay attention now, you are putting yourself in grave danger of drifting by His safe harbor. When that happens, there is no place left to go but to eternity in a very real and very horrible hell.

Jesus’ death on the Cross doesn’t automatically save and forgive everyone.

 A true story: A man was condemned to death for a violent crime. His friend was able to obtain a pardon from the governor. For some strange reason, the condemned man refused the pardon. A special court was called to decide the case. The decision was “The pardon was valid only if the condemned man would receive it. Because he has rejected it, the pardon cannot take effect.” The man was executed. Nobody was sadder than the friend who had tried so hard to save him. Although Jesus died for your sins, you cannot receive God’s forgiveness and pardon unless you personally receive this forgiveness through repentance and faith in Jesus. If you refuse, God’s heartbroken and you will not be saved. Repentance is more than confession. It is being truly sorry for and forsaking sin. God commands All men everywhere to Repent! (Acts. 17:30) Confess all your sins. Ask the Lord Jesus to cleanse your heart from all your sins with His precious blood.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (Sin).  (1 Jn. 1:9).