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The bottom line

By David ReayMonday 30 Nov 2015LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Romans 3:23-24

23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. (NLT)

Hear these words of a Christian philosopher called Nicholas Wolterstorff writing shortly after the death of his son: “When we have overcome absence with phone calls, winglessness with aircraft, summer heat with air conditioning, when we have overcome these and much more besides, then there will abide two things with which we must cope: the evil in our hearts and death.”

Christianity can’t pretend to have the answers to every question or solve the problems of the world. But it does get to the heart of the fundamental issues mentioned by Wolterstorff. The evil in our hearts is a result of our going astray from God, determining to live independently of him. This decision, made universally by all human beings, results in alienation from God and eternal death.

Christianity not only shows us what is wrong with us, it points to how it can be put right. Those who trust in the forgiveness offered by Jesus are declared right with God by God himself. Thus they live forever in relationship with the everlasting God.

The evil within the human heart is explicable. Death is explicable. But there is an answer to each: the death and resurrection of Jesus. For many of us, embracing Christianity is not some blind leap of faith, but agreeing that it offers the most reasonable answers to the most perplexing questions.

David Reay