1) The earliest humans (and all the rest of us) decided that we know what is best for us and that we don’t need God to make all our decisions, so to some degree we have all pushed God aside and done our own thing.
2) Our self-imposed alienation from God has released evil into the physical world and into our own hearts, resulting in a continual epidemic of death, decay, destruction, and self-inflicted misery.
3) Like a loving father with a rebellious child, God longs to restore His relationship with us, but we ignore Him, causing our rebellion and unhappiness to grow stronger.
4) We have set ourselves up for ultimate destruction, because without God, there is no continual quality of life.
5) In the midst of the rebellion against Him, God found a man who outwardly did the right things. So God decided to start over with Noah and his family.
6) The story of Noah and the flood shows that even though Noah did the right things, evil was still in his heart. The Noah movie has Noah say something like: “It’s in us The wickedness in them is also in us.”
7) Putting people in a fresh new environment will not save them from their self-inflicted destruction and misery. They need a new heart — an inward transformation.
8) God’s loving, final answer to man’s rebellion was to take the world-wide, all-time consequences of man’s rebellion on Himself through the voluntary and sacrificial death of Emmanuel–God with us.
9) Today, the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, continues to heal people’s rebellion by transforming their hearts and restoring them to an intimate, ongoing relationship to Him. Yet, Christ’s offer is often ignored or trifled with. Have you received a transformed heart from Jesus to the point that you find even the thought of doing wrong to be painful? His freedom from self-destruction is available to you. (Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you connect with Him.)