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I wrote previously that inside us all we find a sort of motivation, purpose, and genuine love for others. That instead of living in a universe where God does not exist thus leaving humanity purposeless, there exists a God who brought about all of creation with a divine meaning. And in this creation we find that as humans we are significantly different compared to every other living creature. We find that inside of us we possess a certain purpose, a love for others, and a hope. This post is about that hope.
Warning (“preaching” ahead!!!)
I have been warned by many to be careful in the way I present this topic to everyone. However, I am forced to disagree. Isn’t that what a lot Christians often do? They put a filter upon the message which they believe in order to please everyone. I do not want conform to that. I am well aware that a good amount of those who read this blog are not Christians; and I am proud to say that! And I believe that those who disagree with my views yet still read my postings are capable of reading my worldview without feeling like I am trying to cram it down their throat. My question to all readers then is this: do you want to hear the filtered version of what I want to say, or the true, pure, real thing? If the answer is the latter, then continue reading.
There is a Problem
You may have felt it. But for me it has seemed really hard to get a good grasp on happiness. I think the Fray say it best in their song “Happiness” when they write, “happiness… you can’t make it come or go… look for it and you’ll never find it all”. I feel like I have attempted to find joy in almost every area of life; you may feel the same. From relationships to good times, when it all comes to an end I have felt either let down or unsatisfied. Am I alone in this? I assume not. If any of you reading this cannot relate to being let down or unsatisfied with life then this post may not be of much use to you. For the rest of us normal people I will continue. When I was 16 I considered this problem; the problem that nothing in life was bringing me joy. I understood that there was a problem, but I could not understand why there was a problem. I had good friends, was having a blast on weekends, and had an awesome family. Why did I feel so thirsty? Why was did it feel like there was a hole inside of me? I suspect that some of you reading know quite well this feeling I am describing.
Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had. Hope was inside of me but I could not place it. I wanted to feel joy. I wanted to not be let down; yet I still was. By a series of peculiar events (my testimony) I found myself presented with the opportunity to try something I had never considered before – Christianity. I was taught the Gospel. It was then my decision to accept it and take it as truth or ignore it and go about searching for joy elsewhere.
This will be my best effort to date to briefly explain what the Gospel is in its entirety. I am not going into apologetics (a defense of the faith through historical facts, philosophical premises, or scientific conclusions) but rather I am just going to stating the faith itself. All I ask is that for the moment you put aside your presuppositions about Christianity or anything else that will cause judgment and open your mind. Then you can make choice.
Here we go – God, a triune being outside matter and time, is real and created the universe, things seen and unseen, out of nothing. Within this, He created humanity separate from the rest of creation and gave man authority over all of creation. He looked upon all that He had created and judged it according to himself (more on this subject). He declared that all He created was good.
When God created man he gave him the privilege to make choices. God did this so that we could choose to love Him and not be forced into loving Him. Rather than remaining inside the will of God we have all misused our free will and chosen to disobey Him and break away from His standard for good. If something is perfect, it must not come in contact with imperfect if it is going to remain perfect. Therefore our disobedience, or what Christians call sin, has separated us from God. By choosing to lie, steal, hate, etc… (things we have all done) we have separated ourselves from God (Isa 52:9). We have separated ourselves from the only thing that is purely good. Though there are good things in this world, none of it can completely satisfy us like our hearts desire. Still as a result of our sin, we are not just separated from God here on earth, but we have also earned a penalty for that sin; that penalty is death (Rom 6:23). Because of our sin, at the end of our lives we will not simply pass away from this world; we will die. There is nothing that we can do to overcome this separation from God. No good work or kind deed we do will be able to pay the debt that we owe.
God, heartbroken of our position, took action to fix this problem. From heaven, He came down to earth in the form of a man. We know this man as Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Son of God, lived on earth and preformed many miracles and taught multitudes of people the way to live. He claimed to be God Himself and that the only way to Heaven was through Him. For this teaching He was crucified and killed. Jesus had lived a perfect life and no one could find any fault in Him. Therefore by the predestined plan of God, Jesus, the only one who was blameless, bore the sin of humanity and died. All sin that could ever be found on us was placed on Jesus and destroyed. Three days after Jesus’ death, He resurrected from the grave demonstrating that death (the penalty for sin) had been defeated and that His sacrifice was enough to save us.
The famous verse John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. God has extended to you a free gift of grace and mercy through Jesus Christ. All of your sins and mistakes can be completely removed from you! And Romans 10:9 says, “if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”. It is possible to know today that when you pass away from this earth you will be in Heaven! There is a Hope for humanity. That hope is in Jesus Christ.
Right now you have the decision that I had 3 years ago. You have now heard the Gospel of Christianity; and what I believe to be the complete Gospel. Right now you can decide whether what you have read is true and choose to believe or you can walk away and leave it here. If you want to choose believe for the first time, then please understand that this is not a baby belief. It is a radically transforming invitation for God to change your life. Three years ago I made the choice to believe and to follow after God; to find a church and get plugged in. Since the day I made that commitment there has been joy in my life. Of course there have been hard times but I have been able to persevere through them with hope. I believe that having a real and authentic relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to feel completely filled.
If you are considering taking this view and applying it to your life then my advice would be to get in contact with someone you trust. Find someone who you know believes this message and tell them that you want to make a new commitment to the Lord. If you cannot think of someone to contact then please click my contact information and we can be in touch. What do you have to lose? There is hope.