Many people in the world are flocking to see the new Star Wars movie. There is a saying from the Star Wars movies that most people are familiar with.
It’s “may the force be with you”.
There are two forces at work in the world; good (God), and evil (Satan).
Every person in the world is under Satan’s control, unless they have surrendered their life to God by being spiritually born again!
I know that most people will not believe this, thinking THEY are in control of their lives.
The Protestant Christian Bible New Testament says in
Romans 3:10 NIV – 10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one”
I still remember when I first read that verse many years ago, before I had any understanding of spiritual things. I was shocked! Like most people, I thought I was a good person. Being a “good person” is a relative term; some are “gooder” than others! However, no one can be “good enough”, or do enough good works, to earn their way into Heaven.
It is written in the Protestant Christian Bible Old Testament in the first Book, the Book of Genesis,that Adam and Eve were the first people God created, and they lived in the Garden of Eden. It was a very beautiful place, and God provided EVERYTHING for them. There was only one rule God gave them. He told them NOT to eat the fruit of a certain tree. They could eat everything else in the Garden. If they were obedient, they would have lived forever in eternal harmony with God, as would their descendants.
Genesis 3:1-6 NKJV – 1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 “but of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make [one] wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Their disobedience is known as Original Sin, for it was the first sin ever committed. This sin separated them from their perfect relationship with God. This separation is known as spiritual death.
This Original Sin is passed on to every person who is born.
God has a WAY for EVERY PERSON IN THE WORLD to be free from Original Sin, also known as “the sin nature”, that we are born with. THAT WAY IS JESUS.
JESUS came to earth as a Man, and lived a perfect sinless Life. Then He willingly gave His Life, on the Cross, the Perfect Sacrifice required by God the Father, to Atone for our sins.
Many people believe that God is the Father of everyone. This is NOT true. God is the Creator of all, but He is the Father of only those who are spiritually born again.
John 8:42-45 NKJV – 42 Jesus said to them (the Jewish religious leaders), “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 “You are of [your] father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 “But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. John 8:46-47 NIV – 46 Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”
To become a child of God, a Christian, a follower of Jesus, you must be born again. This takes place by repentance. Repentance means to stop the way one is thinking and acting, to be contrite for your actions, and surrender your heart and life to God. Repentance in the Old Testament is very clear; the Jewish people and their proselytes were to obey only the Laws of Moses. Repentance in the New Testament is also very clear. The New Covenant that Jesus spoke about at the Last Supper can be summed up by Jesus’s one command … if you love me you’ll keep my teachings and my commands… Jesus’ teachings and commands are found only in one Book, the Protestant Christian Bible New Testament. If a follower of Jesus does not obey ONLY these commands then he/she is not a Spiritually Born Again Christian; they are only the lost religionists.
Protestant Christian Missionary Selma Oetker, January 2016
Norman Oetker Protestant Christian Missionary served in: US., Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, and now in Saint Charles Missouri