No ‘what ifs’ from God

Talk of the Town - - Opinion - ... with Pas­tor Theo Sny­man

HAVE you ever con­sid­ered what if cer­tain things in his­tory had not oc­curred, and how it would have af­fected this world we live in to­day?

The con­se­quences of yesteryear’s de­ci­sions may still be ex­pe­ri­enced in our own life­time.

What if Adam and Eve had never sinned in the Gar­den of Eden? Life on earth would have been heav­enly, for there would be no sin, sick­ness or death. But they did! The earth has be­come pol­luted and marred; all of mankind has be­come sin­ful with death as the re­sult, for “in Adam all die”. (1 Corinthi­ans 15:22)

Mankind be­came so sin­ful that “the Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain”. (Ge­n­e­sis 6:6) What if He had de­cided to de­stroy all of cre­ation by means of a flood?

But He did not, for Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord and eight peo­ple, with pairs of ev­ery crea­ture, saved by means of the ark.

What if God had not sent His Son into the world to “give His life as a ran­som for many”? (Matthew 20:28) We would be to­tally lost, “without hope and without God in the world”. (Eph­e­sians 2:12)

Life would be “mean­ing­less, a chas­ing af­ter the wind” (Ec­cle­si­astes 2:17). But He did!

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that who­ever be­lieves in him shall not per­ish but have eter­nal life.” (John 3:16) The cel­e­bra­tion of the Easter week­end is a yearly re­minder of His death and res­ur­rec­tion.

What if Jesus had not risen from the dead and the tomb was not empty? Our faith in Him as Saviour would be ab­so­lutely fu­tile ... But He did!

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