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Can We Find Our Way back to the Garden?

Painting of Garden Scene

Painting of Garden Scene

Living in a Broken World

This old world is getting worse every day. We turn our televisions on each morning and are hit squarely in the face with news of war, natural disaster, division, immorality, and heartbreak. We hear of unspeakable acts of violence perpetrated by depraved men and women – and yes, even children, which accentuate the palpable hopelessness of a lost world struggling in a desperate state of warfare – a spiritual warfare that has been raging since the fall in the garden.

Christian about to be executed by ISIS

Christian about to be executed by ISIS

Why Does God Allow Evil

Constantly we hear, from Christian and non-Christian alike, that often asked question, “If God is so good, why does he continue to allow these things happen?” Many have rejected Christianity and a saving relationship with Jesus Christ because they are unable to reconcile the horrors of this world with the reality of a loving God. I was recently reminded of the answer to this question of why God would allow all this evil to persist.

A Perfects World in the Beginning

In the beginning God’s creation was perfect. All He required for this world to continue in its original pristine unbroken condition was simple obedience. Here man is, living in a utopian world where there exist none of the evils mentioned above, and still, he could not obey a simple command.

The Wickedness of Man

Foolishly, man believes he can bring back the heavenly like bliss of the garden by continually passing legislation denying law abiding citizens what the founders believed were God given rights; laws that scoff in the face of God, such as those implying the right of women to kill their unborn children; men and women to mock the scared sacrament of marriage; laws forcing mothers and fathers to allow a child to choose their own gender; and laws which attempt to force the God fearing to accept the world’s numerous other wicked doctrines.

Man is Expelled from the Garden

Man is Expelled from the Garden

Rebellion has Consequences

No, we will not know such a paradise on earth again until the Lord returns to take His throne! Through disobedience we willfully stepped out of the Garden into the cursed world we now know; it was a choice, and choices come with consequences.

What Do You Think About Heaven?

The Answer to the "Why" Question

What was the answer to the “why” question you ask? It is simple, as our pastor noted recently, “We are still outside the garden”. The good news is, if we place our faith in the vicarious death of Jesus Christ, and believe that He rose again and justifies us before the Father, we have something much better than the Garden to look forward to:

Heaven as Described in Revelation 22:1-5

“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

The New Jerusalem

The New Jerusalem

Adrian Rogers Preaches on Heaven

A Son is Given

The #1 authority in the Bible said “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) By the way, if you can lose it, then it isn’t everlasting – is it?

John 3:16

John 3:16

We have an Escape

Because of our disobedience we have what we have today. God gave us a perfect world, and we broke it. But He loves us enough to give us an escape. Believe on His only begotten Son and you are on your way!

Comments

Robert Henry Ditmore MA MEd (author) from MORRISON on October 14, 2020:

Thank you K C. You correct regarding the New Jerusalem. 22:1-5 is after the judgment and the destruction of the old Earth, this is the New Earth to which the new Jerusalem descends.

I look forward to reading part 3 of your article.

KC McGee from Where I belong on October 14, 2020:

Robert,

very insightful. One question, Revelation 22:1-5 Is referring to the New Jerusalem which I believe is at that point on the earth and not in heaven. Am I correct or am I misunderstanding something here?

Also I completed part 3 of my most recent article.

Robert Henry Ditmore MA MEd (author) from MORRISON on October 13, 2020:

Thank you, Miss Dora, and Amen!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 13, 2020:

Thanks for this clear presentation of redemption from sin and suffering. Like you said, God "loves us enough to give us an escape." We need faith, not "proof" to believe that He can and will save those who believe.

Robert Henry Ditmore MA MEd (author) from MORRISON on October 13, 2020:

Howdy Eric, thank for the comment. I would much rather ignore the bad things going on in the world today and just play and fish with my grandchildren, take walks with my wife and our pups, and just live my life enjoying all the blessing God has bestowed upon me; however, much of my life has been spent dealing with bad people who do bad things, (military and law enforcement) and because of that, I cannot not say anything. I fear our country is heading in the direction many of those other countries have already gone. I have been to many of them and the consequences of them having done so is horrible. From a biblical perspective, I was really just attempting to get across the point that no matter had bad things may look right now, there is hope in Christ.

Miss Brenda, you are exactly right, He did not make these things happen, we can take all credit for that. You are also correct in saying He is there to help, if we go to hi seeking help. Thank you for your comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 13, 2020:

Insprational write to attempt to get others to join the walk of christianity.

I do believe in God. I do understand why some wonder why God allows things to happen but i chose to believe that he does not make this stuff happen.

He is there to carry us through whatever might come our way on our journey here on earth.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 13, 2020:

I am one you fully befuddle. I do not turn on the evening news. I go for a walk and wave at neighbors and friends. Sure I give my donations to children who suffer. I am aware of despair. But I do not live it. My family home prays for others. We also pay high taxes, willingly, to help the less.

We simply do not live in suffering. I could go on with my times in horrendous places but my job is to love and in that there is great peace.

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