The Bible teaches that not only do we live in a broken world but that we are broken people. The murder, theft, racism, and abuse we experience in this world come from broken hearts containing hate, greed, and pride. But that is not how God designed the world.
The Bible teaches that when God created the world and people, He said it was "very good." There was no murder, theft, abuse, or racism. People had an unhindered relationship with God and with one another. So how did we get from God's very good design to the brokenness we live in today?
The Bible answers that question by teaching that sin entered the world. It entered the very first people and has been within us ever since. As much as we try to fix our broken world and our broken hearts to get back to God's design, we can't. God knows this and did something to bring us back to His design.
The Bible teaches that God sent his one and only Son, who lived a perfect life. Jesus' life was not broken by sin like our lives. But he died on a cross at the end of that perfect life. The Bible teaches the consequence of sin is death, which is why Jesus died on the cross— to pay the consequence for my sin and yours. The Bible also teaches that after Jesus died, he was buried in a tomb for three days, but God raised Jesus from the dead to show the world that Jesus had defeated sin and death. He was seen by many witnesses and then ascended into Heaven, and the Bible promises that one day he will return.
Getting Back to God's Design
The Bible teaches that if I will turn from my brokenness and sin and follow Jesus, believing this message about Jesus, then I will be saved and will then be able to grow back into God's design for my life. This is the Gospel.
Near or Far?
In light of what the Bible teaches, would you say that you are near to God because you have turned from your sin and followed Jesus, or would you say you are still far from God in your brokenness?"
If you're still far from God, what's keeping you from turning away from your sin and following Jesus today?
If you'd like to start following Jesus, you can begin by saying a prayer like this: