Richard Mark Lee

What Separates Us from God #ExploreGod

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Why does God seem so far away? What is it about this idea of "knowing God" that is confusing? Hard? Forced? Shouldn't it be a natural thing for us? If God created us, shouldn't it be easy to connect with him? The Bible says that sin separates us from God. Isaiah 59:1-2 reads, "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear." Sin is an offense against a holy God, and that causes a separation in our relationship to God. Talking about sin is never fun or easy. However, it's a necessary thing. In fact, it's actually a loving thing to mention sin. How would you feel about a doctor who withholds a diagnosis because he believes the information may be too hard for the patient to hear? In an effort to protect that person, the suppression of information is actually cruel and unloving. The same is true for the Christian. One of the first things that must be talked about when we talk about a relationship with God is sin. Sin separating us from God is bad news; but there is good news... God in his great love for men, he sent his one and only Son to die on the cross for our sins. The Bible says it like this "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

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