The Story

This is the story of Everything:

God created the heavens, earth, and all that exists in six days. On the seventh, He rested. God put a man, Adam, in the Garden of Eden and later gave him a companion named Eve. Adam and Eve lived in harmony with God until they were tempted and disobeyed the Creator. Now that the two people were imperfect, God had to banish them from His presence and ultimately from the Garden of Eden which sent them on a path towards death.

Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the nature of rebellion towards God has been passed from each person. As seen in the Garden, this disobedience makes every human imperfect and unable to be with the Creator. Separation from the Creator causes humans to die physically and eternally. Eternal separation or death is called Hell. The problem is that humans have no ability to fix this problem because the payment for disobedience is for perfect blood to be spilled. Since humans are imperfect, they cannot pay for this disobedience and will have to worthlessly try to pay for it with those two types of deaths. And because God is perfectly just, He cannot simply take the punishment away.

Thankfully, God is also perfectly loving and will not simply let his loved creation die with no hope. This is why God promised in the garden that He would send a perfect Savior to pay for the punishment. However, until the time of the Savior, the descendants of Adam and Eve would have to make temporary, perfect blood sacrifices to pay for the disobedience. For thousands of years, perfect lambs were sacrificed in place and anticipation of the future Savior.

In Bethlehem, Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God and the human form of God, was born from a virgin named Mary. Jesus comes to be the Savior that God promised Adam and Eve. Jesus lived a perfect life and followed God’s will perfectly. Even so, He is put on trail and sentenced to death by crucifixion. Jesus, since He is perfect and does not deserve to die, is able to take on the punishment of disobedience for everyone. He does die, and then raises from death three days later.

All people who have disobeyed God can have their punishment of eternal death paid for through the sacrifice of Jesus. Everyone needs this because everyone has disobeyed God. For example, God gave humanity ten simple rules called the Ten Commandments to follow. Someone has failed to do as God asked if they have ever lied, stolen, lusted, been jealous, or done many other common shortcomings. Everyone is in need of a Savior. To let Jesus’ death count astheir payment, all they need to do is believe in Jesus. After believing, a person can now speak directly to God and begin to restore the friendship Adam and Eve had with God in the Garden of Eden. A believer also has the security of knowing that when they die, they will be in God’s presence, Heaven, for all eternity.

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