By Dave Scheer, 7/5/19

The moment I surrendered my whole life to Jesus Christ in 1970 is when many lights suddenly turned on. One of them was the answer to, “Why is there war?” Soon after I knew why there is so much evil in this world and is conducted by the most intelligent life form on earth. There’s a paradox for the intelligent ones. Humanism asserts that “God” is irrelevant and man can fix his problems through education and some sort of enlightenment. But where has this gotten us thus far? Knowledge has increased dramatically just as the Old Testament Daniel prophesied in Chapter 12:4. If humanism is true, we should be getting better and creating a safer world for human habitation…but the opposite is happening.

We can get further revelation from Psalms 9:15 which states, “The nations have sunk down in the pit which they have made, in the net which they hid, their own foot has been caught.” Verse 17 says, “The wicked will return to Sheol (nether world) even all nations who forget God.” Then in verses 19 & 20 King David prays, “Arise O Lord, do not let man prevail…Let the nations know that they are but men.” Finally Proverbs 14:12 sums up our problem by declaring, “There is a way which seems right to a man but its end is the way of death.”        

So the deep root of mankind’s problem is that we have rejected God and His Word in the very beginning of history and have “inherited” the same problem. That is, in our inner (and often times “buried”) rebellion against a Holy Creator, we try to live apart from Him. In our dark blindness we feel no need for Him leaving our only alternative, that is, to strive to get better on our OWN. But we have not been designed this way. The real tragedy is that God, in His love for us, provided the way back to Him by demonstrating the greatest love in and beyond the universe. He Himself came as a human, left all His power and glory behind, suffered and atoned for all our sin on the Cross and then rose from the dead to prove His authority over death. WHAT OTHER HUMAN HAS EVER DONE ALL THIS? If we pray and acknowledge our sinful state and surrender all to Him, He is faithful to forgive and give us eternal life beyond the grave. This is NOT about religion and being “religious” (trying to obey rules). This is about restoring a lost relationship. And BTW, this is why we all physically die. Sin got us, but His unfailing love conquers all our imperfections…if we surrender…. Why this extreme surrender? Because we do not need tweaking, we need a heart transplant.