1] CREATION WOUNDED
Gen 3:17-18 – 17To Adam [God] said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. 18It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
Hos 4:1-3 – …There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. 2There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. 3Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea are swept away
# No one can say exactly what it looks like when a planet takes ill, but it probably looks a lot like Earth
# A greedy humanity will lead to a suffering earth, and a suffering earth will lead to a suffering humanity!
Rom 8:20,22 – 20Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope…22For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time
2] SOCIETY CORRUPTED
Rom 1:28-31 – Since they didn’t bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies, swaggerers, insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded [Msg]
3] HUMANITY INFECTED
Rom 5:12 – When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned
Rom 7:18-24 – 8And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 21I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22I love God’s law with all my heart. 23But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?
- Spiritual Death
- Physical Death
- Eternal Death
4] ETERNITY RUINED
# To those who don’t know God, who don’t have any hope beyond this life – eternity is the sunset and a night that has no sunrise
# To those who love God, have made Christ the centre of our lives, and received God’s promise of eternal life – eternity is the sunrise and a day that has no sunset