Have you ever wondered why there is so much turmoil in our world? Have you ever thought about tragedies and why they occur? Why are there tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other such things as these? Well, here is going to be a partial answer, but it will have the core of what you need to know and what you can do for yourself as difficulties hit you or your families.
It all began around 6,000 years ago, or so, when God had created the earth, plants, animals, and people. But before all of this got started, God was there. You see, God never had a beginning point. He doesn’t have a birthday because He was never born. There was never a time or point in eternity past where God did not exist. Can you wrap your head around that?
Besides creating people and animals, the sun, moon, and stars, God had created another type of being. But these beings were not like people, because they were spiritual. They live in the spiritual realm, although they can be in a physical realm and function in many different tasks. Angels were not created in God’s image though, but people were. Angels are beautiful, and very powerful, but they are not as powerful as God is. They are created by God, and they are limited in their power. They serve to worship God and to serve Him in their appointed assignments.
One day, one of these angels named Lucifer, decided he was going to try to be more powerful than God. Because of his rebellion to God, God punished him and he was thrown down to the earth. Lucifer took one-third of the angels with him. Now heaven was minus one-third of the angels, plus Lucifer. Lucifer has other names like ‘Satan’ or as we commonly call him, ‘The devil’. He was now evil and sinister. He has been viciously angry with God ever since then.
On the sixth day of creation, God created land animal, plus He made the first man. This man’s name was ‘Adam’. God made a woman that day and her name was Eve. Adam and Eve were married and lived in a beautiful place that was called, ‘Eden’. After God created different things, he said that they were ‘good’. After God created Adam and Eve, He said that they were ‘very good’. Adam was created in God’s image. There were going to be things in Adam that were going to look like God. God took care of Adam and God would come down and talk with Adam in the cool of the day.
God explained to Adam that they were allowed to eat the fruit from any of the trees in the Garden, except there was one tree they were not allowed to eat from. That tree was called, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God explained that if they were to eat from that tree, they would die. They had a lot of choices of food to eat, so it would seem like that wouldn’t have been a problem, right?
Eve was by herself, and a snake came up to her and started talking to her (I assume that perhaps animals could talk at this point, since she didn’t seem to be taken by surprise). The devil was inside of the snake talking to her. He asked her if God really told her that she couldn’t eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and she told the snake that God said not to do that. Then the devil told her a lie. He said that she wouldn’t die. He also said that she would become like God. What do you think Eve did? She looked at the fruit, and saw that it tasted good. Adam came around and she gave some of the fruit to him and he ate it as well. What do you think God was thinking? Do you think that God was surprised?
God came down and Adam and Eve ran away and hid themselves. God found them and talked to them. He talked to Adam, Eve, and the snake. God was going to punish Adam and Eve and the snake. Now Adam’s work load was going to be very hard because God had cursed the earth (this is why we have sicknesses today and why we die). Eve was going to have a lot of pain in child bearing, and the snake was going to crawl on his belly from now on. There was one special promise though, that God gave to Adam and Eve. God was going to send Someone one day who would crush the devil’s head. God was going to send Someone who would rescue mankind.
From this point on, there was turmoil. There was no more nice, peaceful earth where everything was beautiful, and everyone was filled with love for one another. Now there would be constant strife among men and women. Adam and Eve had two sons; Cain and Abel. Abel understood that he had to bring the right kind of sacrifice to God, which was an animal. The blood of an animal, usually a lamb, would cover over a person’s sins. Before God, whenever a person sinned, they had to have a covering for their sin, which was an animal. Also, this was a picture of what God was going to do for us one day, when He would send that special person to us to redeem us from our sins. Abel’s offering pleased God because he knew that God hated his sin. But Cain just brought vegetables to God. What kind of an offering was that? God was not pleased with Cain’s offering because Cain did not see his need to have his sins covered by the blood of an animal. Cain was angry with God and he killed his brother, Abel, as a result of his anger. As more and more people were born, they married and had children. The children married and had more children. The earth was becoming populated with people! But sadly, these people all had sinful hearts. Most of them hated the God who created them. They wanted to be God. They wanted the power that God had. There were more and more murders and wars. The Bible says that they were inventing ways of evil. God was sorry He had made man on earth. But God had a plan, and His promise of sending a Redeemer one day, would still come to pass.
There was one man who found favor with God, along with his family. His name was Noah. God told Noah to build a large boat that would house many animals along with his family. God was going to send a rain storm that was going to flood the whole world. Whoever would be in this large boat would be safe when the waters started to rise. If they weren’t in this large boat, they would drown. No one was impressed as they watched Noah build the Ark. They still continued to do horrible things to each other. They didn’t want to repent and go on the Ark. They hated God. They wanted to be God, but it wasn’t happening for them.
When Noah was finished building this huge Ark, designated animals went on board. Then Noah and his family went inside. Then God closed the door. It was too late for anyone else to get in. Nobody else wanted to go in anyway. They were happy in their wickedness and didn’t want to leave that behind. The rain started, and continued, and continued. Never was there a storm like this one. Everyone died except those who were in the Ark. Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives were all spared. All the animals on the Ark were spared too. It took a long time for the rain to stop and the water to subside, but when it was safe, everyone got out. It was like starting over again, only with eight people and lots of animals!
Noah and his family settled in the land. God had given the sign of a rainbow, indicating that He was not going to destroy the earth with a flood again. But the next time He destroys the earth, it’s going to be with fire. Do you think people were going to be happy now? As more and more people were born, and grew up and married and had their own children, guess what happened? People were still wicked! Why did this happen? It happens because wickedness is in all of our hearts. It happened after Eve listened to the devil and disobeyed God. From that point on, every boy and girl that would be born, would have a selfish, wicked heart. But God was faithful and would keep His promise of one day sending a Redeemer.
Over the span of the time of the Old Testament, we see people being evil and running away from God. We see God coming down and trying to reach the hearts of people. God gave instructions to people to sacrifice a lamb to cover or atone for their sins. God wants people to see how bad sin really is. God does not sin. He cannot have fellowship with any being that sins. That leaves a big problem for us though. If God is holy and pure, how can we be forgiven of our sins?
Throughout the Bible, we learn about sin. We learn about it by reading about Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and his family, along with those who lived on earth at that time. We see the sins of the Kings of Israel (and their wives). We see the sins of the Pagan lands that the Israelites were supposed to drive out. We see the struggles of people sins in the book of Psalms. We even see the sins of the Prophets, at times. We are a mess!
About 400 years after the Old Testament activities were done, something was starting to happen. God was silent for 400 years and now we see God at work again. A man named Zechariah had Temple duty, but this time, an angel spoke to him. The angel had a message from God. It was a message telling him that his wife was going to have a baby boy! But this baby boy was going to be the forerunner of the Messiah who was going to come. Not only did this happen, but a young woman named Mary also saw an angel. The angel told her that she was going to have a baby boy as well. Her baby boy was going to change the world. Could this really be the one who God promised to send to Adam and Eve? How exciting this was going to be for these people! But there was a problem. Mary wasn’t married, so how could she have a baby? God took care of the problem and this baby didn’t need a father that was a human being, for God Himself was the Father! Mary did get married to a man named Joseph during this time.
Zechariah’s wife had her baby boy, and some months later, Mary had her baby boy. These boys were cousins too. When the boys grew up and were men, Zechariah’s son, who was called ‘John the Baptist’ lived in the desert land by Judea. Mary’s boy was named Jesus, because that name means ‘Savior’. One day, John the Baptist saw Jesus at a distance, and pointed Him out. He said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.’ Why was John calling his cousin a Lamb? Remember back in the Old Testament days, when people sinned, they would sacrifice a lamb, and take the blood from the lamb, to cover over their sins? John was telling the people that Jesus was going to be the Lamb who would shed His blood on the cross, to cover over our sins. But not only does Jesus blood cover over our sins. It washes our sins away forever. The blood of a lamb can only cover our sins, but Jesus blood takes away our sins. We do not have to kill a lamb now, when we sin. Every time we sin, something has to die because of that sin. When Jesus died on the cross, God the Father took all of our sins, and placed them on His Son, and had His Son take the punishment for all of our sins. He died a terrible death because our sin killed Him. But three days later, He was alive and arose from the dead! He is alive today and has gone back to heaven. But He is coming back to earth, one day. He will judge those who are still in their sins, those who do not have their sins covered or washed away by the blood of the Lamb. They will be punished forever in hell. They will be tormented and they will be paying for their own sins for all eternity.
But Jesus will come back for His own people, as well. He will separate those who are His, from those who don’t know Him. Those who know Him will spend eternity with God. There are many houses in heaven, and Jesus says He is preparing them for His people. So, the choice is ours. Will we choose to be followers of Jesus Christ, and live our lives for His glory, or, will we choose to stay selfish, and spend eternity in the Lake of Fire? We have to respond to God by turning away from our sins, turning to God, and trusting in what Jesus did for us on the cross. There is no other way to be saved from our sins. Jesus is the promised Redeemer who God promised Adam and Eve that He was going to send. If you think you are good enough to go to heaven, there is a post that has the Good Person Test on it. You can also go to www.thegoodtest.net and take the Good Person Test. Remember, if you break one commandment, you have broken all of them. And even if you just break one commandment, just one time in your life, God will still have to punish you in hell, even for just one violation!
The angels that sinned can never be forgiven of their sins. God did not provide a lamb for them. They will have to be punished eternally, with no chance of being forgiven. Thank God that we can be forgiven of our sins. No person is too sinful for God to forgive. Jesus’ blood is powerful enough to cleanse even the filthiest of sinners, if they repent and want to be forgiven.
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