Today we will be continuing our series of Apologetics. Now remember that Apologetics is just a fancy word for the defense of the faith. We as Christians need to be able to defend our faith for two reasons. First, so that we are strong in our faith and will not be able to be easily deceived, and second, so that we are able to give a good answer when others searching have questions for us about our faith. We need to be able to say more than just because Jesus lives in my heart that is how I know.
Therefore, during these sessions I will be answering your questions. So, if you have a question that you want answered give it to me personally, or through Facebook or twitter (@joegunter08), or you could mail it to the church at PO Box 4 Flemingsburg, KY 41041 and all questions will remain anonymous, so that no one knows who asked which question.
Last Week we looked at the question, “Why Were We Created?” And remember the short answer was for the glory of the Lord. Now as you lived out your life this week you probably noticed that what you were created for seems to be awful difficult and you might have asked yourself, “if this is what I am created for why is it so difficult to do?”
Today we will be answering the question, “What is Wrong with the World?” We all know that something is wrong. We see it in how we treat others. We feel it in our souls when we want to do what is right, but are driven to do wrong instead. And even in nature as we see what happened in West Liberty just a couple of weeks ago, that something is wrong with this world. Today I will try to shine light on this question and how we are to address it Biblically.
The short answer to what is wrong with this world is that, we sinned against God and subjected the whole world to a curse. Even though men and women are created in God’s image, the entrance of sin into the world has had great and negative influences upon God’s creation, especially humans created in God’s image. As a result of sin, the image of God, though not lost, is severely tarnished.
The ability to live in right relationship with God, with others, with nature, and with our very own selves has been corrupted. Ultimately, all are spiritually dead and separated from God (see Eph. 2:13). This does not mean that we are all as bad as we can be, but that not any of us are as good as we should be. We are therefore unable to reflect properly the divine image and likeness of God (see Rom. 1:18-32). As a result, we are not fully able to complete what we were created for as we learned last week to glorify God because of our sin.
It is important to see that the fall into sin (see Gen. 3) was not just a moral lapse, but a deliberate turning away from God and rejection of Him. The day that Adam and Eve disobeyed God they died spiritually, which ultimately brought physical death (see Gen. 2:17). Sin’s entrance has brought about a sinful nature in all humanity. Therefore, men and women are not simply sinners because they sin, but they sin because they are sinners. People think and act in according to their fallen natures.
This idea is most significant when reflecting upon our relationship to God. Because of the entrance of sin into the world and our inheritance of Adam’s sinful nature (see Rom. 5:12-19), we are by nature hostile to God and seperated from Him (see Rom. 8:7; Eph. 2:1-3). We have wills that do not obey God, eyes that do not see, and ears that do not hear because spiritually we are dead to God.
While we function with a free will, our decisions and actions are always affected by sin. In seeking to understand what has gone wrong with the world, we recognize that human choices are negatively influenced by sin. About our relationship with God, we do not genuinely repent or turn to God without divine enablement because we are by nature hostile to God.
Any time we seek to give a defense for the faith like we are doing in this study of apologetics we must wrestle with the problem of sin. Sin effects all of our being, including our thinking and emotions. People still do right and good things as viewed by society, but these thoughts and actions, no matter how noble or generous, fall short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23). We can affirm that people choose to do good, but a Christian worldview helps us distinguish between the good and the ultimate good, which is the goal of glorifying God.
Answering the question about what has gone wrong in the way we have does not mean all are totally corrupt. Factors such as environment, emotional makeup, heritage, and the continuing effect of our having been created in the image of God, influence or limit the degree of our corruption. Yet, a Christian worldview recognizes that all types of immoral actions, whether lying, murder, adultery, seeking after power, pride, or our failure to love one another, are related to our alienation from God. All in this world are separated from God. The good news is that our sin was judged at the cross of Jesus Christ. He has regained what was lost in Adam (Rom. 5:12-21). The grace of God has provided restoration for believers and has brought about a right relationship with God, with one another, with nature, and with ourselves.
And for those that have repented and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord, Savior, and Treasure, we are looking forward to the day when Jesus Christ returns to establish the new heavens and the new earth so that we can live in a world without sin and how God had originally created it.