The first question many of us ask ourselves is “how did we get here?” We look at the complexity of the universe and our own bodies and begin to wonder if we were created. The design in all we see begs the questions “is there a Creator?” and “who is He?” For example we look at any building and quickly surmise that there must be a builder. Its the design that communicates the existence of a creator. The Bible in Romans 1:18-24 actually says:
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”
Think for a moment of the faith it must take to believe that we are without a creator. Maybe we think Science has given us plausible explanations such “Big Bang” and “Evolution of Species” but here is what you are left with:
Since science teaches that something cannot come from nothing and that something is eternal. This eternal something randomly created all that we see today?
If the “something” is eternal, how did we ever arrive at today. Just as eternal indicates that we could go infinitely into the future we must also be able to go infinitely into the past. If there is not end to the past, how did we arrive at today? We could not.
Most scientist believe our universe had a beginning because it is expanding. This seems contradict sciences assumption that something cannot come from nothing but they assume the “something” was not the universe but a singularity?
If theBig Bang happened what blew up or expanded and where?
Once the universe or universes where in existence randomly and the earth was randomly placed in it at the just the perfect place to sustain life, life began randomly?
Once life began, it experienced a wide variety of mutations as a result of random environmental factors. These mutations taking place over millions or even billions of years eventually resulted in the development of the human beings we see today?
So, we do not have an option that rules out faith. We either believe randomness created all that we see with no idea what the “something” is that always existed or there is a God who is eternal and created all that we see with a purpose.
Psalms 14 & 53 both say: The fool says in his heart, "There is no God”.
If you believe that we arrived where we are today as a result of random chance you have no possible answer to the “why” question. You live and die and that’s that. You may have good and bad moments in life but all by random chance. Let’s say you were very “lucky” and got great genes. As a result you are more intelligent than the less fortunate simple minded and uneducated religious humans. Everything is going your way. Then cancer or a common fatal disease infects you. You are in plane or automobile crash. You get aids from a blood transfusion. You have no security in a random world. Grab all you can. Enjoy it as much as you can. Eventually age will get you if nothing else does.
On the other hand, let’s say there is a God and He created us. We may not fully comprehend all the “whys” but do know some of the reasons because they are in the Bible. We were created to glorify God and be evidence of His grace and mercy. We were created in His image. Sure all the bad things could happen to a “Christian” person too; but, there is a key difference. In God’s creation nothing happens without a purpose. Going again to the Bible in the book of Romans we can read that “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
The Bible teaches that in the beginning there was an angel that held a high position of honor in Heaven. He became arrogant and wanted to be God himself. This same angel has since become God and man’s enemy. Soon after God created Adam and Eve, this angel, Satan, tempted Eve to disobey God by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan knew that once people had this knowledge they would be like God. God warned Adam and Eve that if they ate this fruit they would die. Even so, the temptation to be like God overcame them both and they ate the fruit. As a result sin entered the world and with it death was made certain. God will not leave us in this fallen state nor will He destroy His good creation completely. The evil we see today is the direct result of man and angels wanting to be God.
There has been an ongoing debate regarding man’s free will and God’s election. WeI believe this is a mystery but the following are some thoughts to consider.
“All” people have exercised their “free will” to sin against God.
God has exercised “His will” in great “mercy” and “love” by saving some.
It is not God’s will that any should perish.
The Bible clearly teaches that people are accountable for their “will” and that God clearly “elects” to save some. It is this human will coupled with a host of fallen angels that accounts for the evil we see in our world. Having said this, does God have a purpose for evil and a reason to allow its existence for a period. Romans again teaches “Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—”.
It is written the Bible in the book of Hebrews: “ But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
The Bible warns us that God is a just God and that a day of judgement is coming for each person. The Bible also proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ. On this judgement day we will either be left in our sin to pay the penalty ourselves or we will have repented and trusted in Christ’s complete payment for our sins through His death and resurrection.
1st Corinthians is says:
However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
Furthermore it says: “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Again in Galations the Bible says: The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
In the book of John the Bible says: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
The Bible says a great deal more about the afterlife. Taking time to read the Bible will give a person a much more complete picture than allowed in this limited space.
If you have sinned you need Christ. Put another way, we all need Christ. There are only two ways to get into Heaven. Be perfect or turn to Christ. Have you sinned? Here is a short test.
Have you always loved God with all your being?
Have you ever redefined God to fit your own desires? If so this is idolatry.
Have ever used God’s name in vain? Used it carelessly? God said He will not hold us guiltless who misuse His name. It is blasphemy.
Have you dishonored your parents?
Have you ever hated someone or called them a fool? Jesus says you are as guilty as a murderer and in danger of hell.
Have lusted after a woman or man? Jesus said lust is the equivalent of adultery in your heart. He knows you would if you could. He knows your intent.
Have you lied becoming a liar?
Have you stolen anything becoming a thief? The amount doesn’t matter. If someone stole a dollar out of your wallet or purse what would you call them? A thief.
Have you ever desired with jealousy something God has not given you but gave to someone else? This is called coveting.
Have you been filled with pride, drunkenness, selfishness, anger, laziness, or greed? The list goes on and on. The Bible is clear in Romans 3:23 when it says:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement,[a] through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.”
Again it Titus says:
“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Then of course there is the all time favorite John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes Him should have eternal life.”
We all need Christ!