A Hurting World That Needs the Gospel

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Today is the 16th anniversary of the evil 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States that left thousands dead and many more devastated. As I reflect on this horrible event of September 11, 2001, I am reminded yet again that we live in a world of hurting people who need a Savior.

Events like 9/11—and the death and suffering that are all too constant companions on this earth—should remind us of a biblical truth: this world is broken because of sin. Today’s lead article on our website provides answers to questions about death and suffering. Here’s a short excerpt:

In the beginning, God created a perfect world with no death or pain (Genesis 1:31). He entrusted the care of the entire earth to Adam and Eve, the first humans (Genesis 1:28), and gave them only one restriction: “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:17).

Although they were warned of the consequences, Adam and Eve chose to rebel against God (Genesis 3:6), which brought the Curse on the earth and introduced pain and death into God’s originally perfect creation (Genesis 3:16–19). Scripture tells us that “just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12), and now the whole creation groans under the Curse (Romans 8:22).

The problem of evil is very real, but it’s not God’s problem.

The bad news is that we are sinners and we live in a cursed world. But the good news is that God has solved our biggest problem. Jesus Christ stepped into history as the God-man, lived a perfect life, and willingly chose to die on the Cross, taking our penalty of death upon himself (2 Corinthians 5:21). But he didn’t stay dead—he rose from the grave, conquering death, and now offers eternal life to all who will put their faith and trust in him (Romans 10:9). That’s the good news that this lost, broken world desperately needs to hear!

I encourage you to read the rest of today’s article, “God’s Biggest ‘Problem,’” and share it with others today.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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