whether you know
it or not, you are the recipient of a gift of great cost and momentous consequence.
the Bible teaches that God created everything that exists, and
that as the Creator, He has prescribed purpose and order to every part
of creation. human beings, however, created by God with the ability to
love and therefore the ability to choose, have preferred to ignore the
purpose and order for which they were created and to act in rebellion
against God and do those things which He has not prescribed.
have you ever told a lie, taken something that was not yours,
acted selfishly toward another person, or done something else that you
knew was wrong? If you have, then you are living evidence of this
rebellion. the Bible teaches that the absolute justice which is part of
God's character demands payment for this rebellion, and that the
payment is eternal separation from God in a place of torture and
in spite of our rebellion against Him, however, God still
loves each and every person and He is grieved to see the circumstances
under which His creation has fallen. because of this He derived a plan
that would satisfy His sense of justice but also allow Him show His
love to the entire world.