Where did we come from?
God’s response: “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
Why are we here? What is the purpose of our lives?
God’s response: “And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ . . . The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Genesis 1:28; 2:15) “I created (you) for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isaiah 43:7) “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
But why are we so messed up? What is wrong with us?
God’s response: “’Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.’ Then the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’” (Genesis 3:11-13) “Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you.” (Isaiah 59:2) “Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12)
Do we have any hope? Can we be restored?
God’s response: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17) “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” (Romans 5:8-9) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
(This article was originally published in the Oakdale Messenger, our church's newsletter, all Scripture quotations from the ESV)