GodCreated

     God is everywhere (omnipresent), all knowing (omniscient), and all powerful (omnipotent); He created (made out of nothing) the solar system, including the earth, people (YOU), animals, plants, and everything else.  Nothing would exist without God.  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 NLT).

     God created man and woman:   “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground’” (Genesis 1:26 NLT).  Simply stated:  Wonderful, awesome YOU wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for God.  

Why did God create people? Why did He create YOU?
     According to Isaiah 43:7, God created men and women for His glory, but since God sought out Adam and Eve in the garden, I also believe He wanted to spend time, just hang out, with man (1 Corinthians 1:9).  I encourage you to search the Scriptures to learn more about this.  See Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) website to learn why God created people:   http://carm.org/christianity/devotions/call-fellowship  

God and man’s relationship abruptly changed due to sin
     Eternally unfortunate for men and women, the relationship between God and people changed due to sin.  Before the first woman was created, God had commanded Adam: “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for [in the day that] you eat of it you will surely die” (Gen. 2:16, 17 NLT).  Adam and Eve sinned when they disobeyed this command and “So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden…” (Genesis 3:23 NLT).

     Sin changed Adam and Eve’s relationship with God.  On the very day they sinned, Adam and Eve died in their souls and suffered spiritual deaths because their sin severed their relationship with God.  Spiritual death is separation from God.  After Adam and Eve sinned, God no longer walked with them as He had in the Garden of Eden, before they disobeyed Him.  Their sin also doomed them to a physical death.  For further study on spiritual and physical death see:  http://www.gotquestions.org/physical-death.html

For further study why our relationship with God changed due to sin see: https://www.gotquestions.org/fall-affect-humanity.html

 What is sin?
     Sin is the act of violating God’s will; sin is breaking God’s law. In other words, sin is doing what God said not to do, or not doing what God said to do.  “Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God” (1 John 3:4).

What is the law of God?  What is the will of God?
     The law of God contains the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).  In addition to the Ten Commandments, the Bible (Word of God) is full of God’s direction for us.  Psalm 119: 97–104 (NLT) talks about the laws of God, instructions of the Lord, the commands and commandments of God as well as God’s decrees and regulations—all these are found in Scripture.  For further study, see BibleInfo.Com website: http://www.bibleinfo.com/en/topics/law-god

 All have sinned (including YOU)
     “Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal…”  Romans 3:23 (TLB).

Does sin send me to Hell?
     This is a critical subject to study.  Understanding this is a matter of eternity in Heaven or eternity in Hell.  See inChristInMe website for further study:  http://inchristinme.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/does-sin-send-me-to-hell/

 God sent Jesus Christ, His only Son, to reestablish a relationship with men and women
     We all need Jesus, who came to us as God in the flesh, in our lives.  Believing in Jesus cleanses you of your sins, and allows you to have a relationship with God.  This benefits you here and now, and more importantly—eternally critical—guarantees you will live in Heaven forever when you die rather than spending eternity in Hell.  For further study about why Jesus came to die for our sins see Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) website:  http://carm.org/christianity/christian-doctrine/why-did-jesus-have-die-our-sins

 On to Chapter 4