HOW TO KNOW GOD
The message of the gospel does not start with humans but with God. In the beginning of history, God created the heavens and the earth. Everything God created was absolutely perfect. Though everything God created was initially good, you know that things are very different now in the universe. Where harmony, peace and safety once permeated the natural world, decay, and devastation reign in the world today. Where peace, acceptance and equality once characterized human relationships, fighting, exploitation and domination are the day-to-day experience of us all.
The moment our first human parents, Adam and Eve, sinned, they experienced radical spiritual corruption. In that tragic moment they opened a proverbial doorway through which sin, and the death and decay it brings, were allowed to enter into our universe. As spiritual descendants of Adam and Eve, all people became sinners by nature and choice.
We cannot get angry with Adam and Eve over the fact that we share in the consequences of their sin. In response to temptation, we have all individually sinned against God in thought, word and deed. Every day we sin through acts of omission in which we do not do the good we should, as well as through acts of commission in which we do what we should not. No human will go to hell and experience eternity without God primarily because of Adam and Eve’s sin. We are held accountable for our own sin. Specifically, we are held accountable for whether or not we believe the gospel and receive God’s remedy for our spiritual crimes.
But why begin explaining the Good News of the gospel by talking about our sinfulness? The reason for this is that we cannot understand how wonderful the good news of the gospel is unless we first understand the bad news of our sin and guilt. When we grasp how much we need the forgiveness Jesus has provided for us, we can then understand how gracious He is, and how amazing it is that we can have a way to be accepted by Him.
If you are ready to know God and receive His forgiveness, here is a suggested prayer you can use to express your heart to Him:
Father, I understand that I am guilty and broken. I believe that Your Son, Jesus, died for my sins and that He rose again and is alive today. I am putting my trust in Him for forgiveness of my sins and restoration of my broken relationship with You. Forgive my sins. Fill me with Your strength to begin living a new life for you. Based on my faith in the life, death and resurrection Jesus accomplished for me, I believe that You have accepted me as Your child forever. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.