God created the universe and you. At one time all was perfect. When our Creator made Adam and Eve (the first married couple) there were no police, wars, deadly tsunamis, or cancer. Sin came when they ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3). We are born sinners and we all sin. But sin has consequences. God is love and God is just. Rebellion must be punished.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).*
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
We are all doomed to permanent judgment – Jesus spoke very strongly about those who rejected him:
“Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 22:13).
“Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels …These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:41,46).
But, thank God, there is a solution! Jesus is both God and Man. He came to earth to rescue us from our sin problem. He is the only way to heaven.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1,14).
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
क्योंकि परमेश्वर ने जगत से ऐसा प्रेम रखा कि उस ने अपना एकलौता पुत्र दे दिया, ताकि जो कोई उस पर विश्वास करे, वह नाश न हो, परन्तु अनन्त जीवन पाए। John 3:16 (Hindi)
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).
Jesus lived a perfect life and committed no sin. When Christ died on the cross he became our substitute and took the punishment for sin in our place.
“All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” (Isaiah 53:6).
Our response is faith and repentance (turn from sin). Jesus died for sin and rose again 3 days later. The Apostle Paul explains the gospel (GoodNews):
“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas [Peter], then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep [died]” (1 Corinthians 15:1-6).
“… God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man [Jesus] whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30,31).
Salvation is not obtained by being nice, giving to charity or going to church:
“But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, he saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration [born again] and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4,5).
Once we become Christians we want to live for Jesus and obey his commands:
“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf” (2 Corinthians 5:14,15).
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*All Bible quotes are from the NASB