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Hope in the Heartland

Gracepoint Church, Peabody

I have a valid — although disgusting — point to make.

These bodies of ours weaken and change as we get older. It wasn’t that way originally. We could have remained forever in the Garden of Eden, enjoying perfect health and maintaining flawless fellowship with God. No needs. No sickness. No war. No bloodshed. No sin. No disease. No guilt. No death.

We humans had it made. Adam and Eve traded it away.

Now we have thorns, hunger, labor pains, glasses, hearing aids, and heart disease. And you’ll never convince me that ear-hair was part of God’s original design.

Thanks, Adam.

But before we completely blame Adam and Eve, we should look in the mirror. Then gaze at Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

If we’d been in Eden, we’d have sinned too. So now we live in declining bodies on a decaying planet. We lose teeth, hair, strength, our memories — and our fellowship with God.

But God sent Jesus to reverse the curse, because the state of our souls is worse than that of our bodies.

Have you experienced His forgiveness?

Last modified July 12, 2012

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