Facts About Christianity: God's Perfect Creation
God created the world and everything in it, including man whom God put in the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 2:25 says "The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame."
In other words, they were morally innocent.
Satan came in the form of a serpent and deceived Eve.
He told her she would be like God (See Genesis 3:5).
Which, by the way, is the same thing Satan himself wanted.
It's the same temptation we all struggle with today.
We don't just want to be like God. We want to be God.
We want to call our own shots and define our own rules.
When Eve and Adam ate from the tree the knowledge of good and evil their eyes were opened and they saw they were naked, and spiritually, they died. When they died spiritually, all the descendants of Adam and Eve - including us - died spiritually as well. We have inherited hearts born evil, always inclined to do evil rather than good. As a result, all of us sin every day of our lives.
Don't believe me? Check out this short video. Romans 5:12 says "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Through Moses, God gave us His perfect laws, the Ten Commandments.
The Jews, God's chosen people, tried really hard to follow these laws.
In fact, they tried so hard, they ended up creating additional rules of
their own, to keep themselves from breaking the Ten Commandments.
Not only were you supposed to rest on the Sabbath, but you couldn't even
break off an ear of corn and eat it on the Sabbath (See Matthew 12:1).
But despite all their rules to keep from breaking God's laws, they still did. That's because man can never earn his salvation by keeping the rules. On his own, man will never be good enough to get into heaven.
We're the ones who deserve death and hell, but Jesus died on our behalf and descended into hell for three days. He wasn't forced on that cross. He went willingly. Romans 5:7-8 says, "Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
He was in the tomb for three days and then rose again. (See Luke 24). Jesus appeared to many, including the disciples (Luke 24:36) After 40 days he ascended into heaven (See Acts 1:1-9). With the resurrection of Jesus, death could no longer hold us captive. 1 Corinthians 15:55 says "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sing?"
You have to recognize and repent of your sins (and we all have them) and accept the Lord's free gift of salvation. Anyone who thinks they can earn their way to heaven is basically telling Christ His death on the cross is meaningless. But the good news is, if we do repent and accept Christ's precious gift, we can have eternal life.
Revelation 22:7 says "Behold, I am coming soon!" Satan will not reign on this earth forever. In fact, he has a very short time (and is on a very short leash). The Lord's return is closer today than it has even been.
Jesus spoke about hell constantly while he was on earth.
People often argue that a loving God would not send anyone to hell, but it is never God's choice for anyone to go there.
They choose to go there themselves when they reject God.
Revelation 20:15 says that anyone whose name is not found written in the
book of life, he will be thrown into the lake of fire.
You do not want to be counted among the wicked who will perish in that terrible place upon the Lord's return. A lot of "good" people will be there, all because they insisted on trying to earn their salvation rather than receiving the Lord's free gift of salvation.
I urge you therefore to repent of your sins, ask the Lord's forgiveness and ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life, before it is too late.
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