6. Two ways to live

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Our way: Reject God's rule. Try to run life our own way.

We can continue in our rebellion against God, and try to run our lives our own way without him. Sadly, this is the option that many people persist in.

Results: Condemned by God. Facing death and judgment.

The end result is that God gives us what we ask for and deserve. He condemns us for our rejection of his rightful rule over our lives. We not only have to put up with the messy consequences of rejecting God here and now, but we face the dreadful prospect of an eternity of separation from him, without life or love or relationship.

God's new way: Submit to Jesus as our ruler. Rely on Jesus' death and resurrection.

For those of us who have realised that our situation is hopeless, there is a lifeline. If we turn back to God and appeal for mercy, trusting in Jesus' death and resurrection, then everything changes.

Results: Forgiven by God. Given eternal life

For a start, God wipes our slate clean. He accepts Jesus' death as payment for our sins, and freely and completely forgives us. He pours his own Spirit into our hearts and grants us a new lifethat stretches past death and into forever. We are no longer rebels, but part of God's own family as his adopted sons and daughters. We now live with Jesus as our ruler.

How the Bible puts it:

``Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.''(John chapter 3, verse 36)

``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 chapter 3, verse 16)

The two ways to live could not be more different, and they present you, the reader, with some choices.


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