These are philosophical questions of the utmost importance. Every religion and worldview attempts to answer them, but the most logical and consistently coherent answers to these questions are found in the story of the Bible.
The Bible tells us in Genesis 1:1 that God created the heavens and the earth. This declaration is further repeated in Psalm 19 which proclaims that the heavens are telling the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands so that day to day pours forth speech and night to night reveals knowledge. In John 1:3 we are told that all things came into being through Him, and that apart from Him, nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness down not comprehend it.
The Bible tells us in Romans 5:12 that it was through one man that sin entered the world, and that death came through sin. Death spread to all men, because all sinned, for until the Law arrived (the Ten Commandments), sin was in the world, but sin was not imputed when there was no Law. Nevertheless, death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
The Apostle Paul wrote these words nearly two thousand years ago. Do you doubt they are true? Consider the words of the Minnesota Crime Commission Report of 1926 (printed in the Journal of the American Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology 18 no. 1 May 1927.
"Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it : his bottle, his mother's attention, his playmate's toys, his uncle's watch or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous where he not so helpless. He is dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children, are born delinquent. If permitted, to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free reign to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want , every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer or a a rapist....."
Our world, just like the world of our predecessors, is full of the hardships and pains caused by the cycle of sin and death brought into the world by the rebellious act of the one man Adam.
While the Bible provides the answers to the four questions asked above, as well as many other questions, it was primarily given to humanity to addresses these two questions:
In Isaiah 40:25-26, God, the Holy One asks, "To whom then will you liken Me that I should be his equal?" He invites you to lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars. Note that The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing.
In Isaiah 42:8 God says, "I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give my glory to another, nor will I share My praise with graven images."
In John 3:16, we are told, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting, or eternal life."
HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER THESE FOUR QUESTIONS?
We are not left in despair, however, but rather we have been given a strong and sure hope. Our hope is in the often repeated promise of Genesis 3:15 that God gave to the first man Adam - namely that a descendant of the first woman Eve would one day come into the world to triumph over sin and death. Each time this promise is repeated, it becomes a thread that was woven throughout the story of the Bible. The promise was fulfilled when Jesus Christ the Righteous One entered our world as a baby to become a man who would give His own life as a redeeming ransom.
Our hope is in His resurrection from the dead.
The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.
In Titus 2:11-14, Paul wrote, "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, all the while looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds."
Philosophy is an attempt to answer our questions about the nature of reality, but only in the story of the Bible do we find answers that are simultaneously coherent and logically consistent. We invite you to watch a short five minute video that presents an overview of the Bible's answers to these paramount questions.
So my friend, what about you? You find yourself running in the human race just like the rest of us. How are you doing? You are a bonafide descendant of Adam, the original thief and liar, and you have inherited from him that terrible disease known as sin only to be rendered separated from God - spiritually dead. Unless there is an intervention, then one day you too will follow all of those who have preceded us to the grave. Where then will you spend eternity?
Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 5:8 declares that God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Luke 23:39-43 records the time when our Savior Jesus was dying on the cross so that He could accomplish the redemption of mankind from its sin. There were two criminals being crucified at the same time, one on each side of Jesus.
"One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him saying, 'Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us too!'"
But the other answered and rebuking him said, 'Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for out deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong."
And he was saying, "Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom."
And Jesus replied to him, "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in paradise."
Romans 10:13 says, "Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved."
Have you called upon Jesus? He's waiting to cleanse you of all unrighteousness and He is able to pull you out of darkness and into His marvelous Kingdom of light - making you a new creation and giving you a new heart.
Call upon Jesus, He is able to save you from sin and death.
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