You Best Believe in Love Stories, Because You’re in One.

What was the happiest moment in human history?

The most glorious, victorious moment would be when Christ paid for our sins on the cross and then rose from the grave, conquering death.

But, what was the happiest moment in history?

To answer that question, what is your happiest memory, excluding your salvation?

Ask this question to the general public, and you will find that most people’s happiest memories involve their families and loved ones. Such memories involve weddings, the birth of children, family reunions, Christmas celebrations with the family, or just the memory of how you used to spend time together.

Our best memories involve the ones we love, and those times are often the happiest times of our lives.

With that in mind, what was the happiest memory from human history?

Genesis 2:15-20 records how God spent personal time with Adam, having placed him in the Garden of Eden to keep and dress it, and creating animals for Adam to name. Genesis 3:8 records how Adam and Eve heard the voice of the LORD walking in the garden in the cool of the day, which gives you the idea that those walks were common, if not daily.

Reading between the lines of Genesis 2-3, you get the idea that life was good. God and man dwelt together, spent time together, created things together, and even dreamed together. Before the fall of man, there was no sin in the world, no illness, no problems. Life was just good.

For us, this sounds like a dream! Obviously, this was the happiest time in human history. However, when it comes to the happiest time in God’s memory, this would also be it.

God created man for that fellowship, a fellowship that came from a gratitude and a recognition of God’s blessing, but by man’s choice (hence the tree in the garden).

When man sinned in the garden, that fellowship was broken, death entered in, and the problem filled life we know today emerged. God was no longer physically present, and could no longer dwell among His people. Paradise truly was lost.

However, God loved us so much that He refused to let the story end there. Though man ended the relationship by taking a tangible step to remove God from his life, God undertook a centuries-long project to reconcile with man, and to redeem His creation so that He could once again dwell with His people.

It’s God’s desire to live with His people that motivated Him to order the construction of the Old Testament Tabernacle. Situated in the middle of the camp of the Israelites as they lived in the wilderness in Exodus-Deuteronomy, God’s presence filled the tent, and thus He literally dwelt in the midst of His people.

When the Lord became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14), God once again was able to dwell among His people, this time in a more personal sense than when He dwelt in the Tabernacle.

In the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), we see the Lord’s love for His disciples, His compassion for people, and His frustration at the impact their lostness had on them. In John 17, we find Jesus in prayer in the hours prior to His crucifixion. In that prayer, we can see the heartbreak He experienced, not over His own death, but His pending separation from His disciples.

Having only lived His biggest dream for a few years, the Lord was about to undertake the redemption of all mankind so that He can once again live with us.

Once our redemption was completed on the cross, Jesus continued to advocate for us in Heaven. To this day, that advocacy continues, along with His ministry to us through the Holy Spirit, and His reaching out to us with the Gospel through His ministers on this earth.

All of this is building to the day when the Lord will return, and we will be reunited with Him forever, and that day will come when the last man on earth to accept the Gospel does so.

God’s love for us is so profound, that He sacrificed Himself, giving His only begotten Son for us, so that we can be reunited with Him upon our belief. There is no higher love than that.

And the center of this love story is our Lord, but the object of that love us you… so you best believe in love stories, you’re in one.

God is Good, We Have Proof!

Is God good?

For decades, if not centuries, the assumption has been that God is good. He is the creator of all things, the redeemer of sinful man, and the good force in the universe that battles the evil forces of Satan and his demons.

However, an increasingly skeptical generation is rising up. While this increased skepticism may alarm some Christians, a sincere search for the truth will not only quench the thirst of the skeptics, but will also deepen their faith, as knowing why you believe something endows you with a faith strong enough to endure the hardest temptations.

The skeptic looks at a broken world full of suffering and questions whether a truly good God could allow such. However, if we only evaluate God by the current conditions of this world, a work that is still very much in progress, then our perception will be skewed.

The fact is that while God created the world, not everything in the world is of God’s doing. God created a perfect world, a perfect environment, and a life for man with no suffering.

And God’s gift to man was the gift of life. To fully understand the gift of life, let’s take a look at Genesis 2:7, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

This concept of life includes a certain consciousness, a sense of self-awareness, a certain creativity, a problem solving ability, and the desire and ability to create beauty.

This concept of life includes a certain freedom, the freedom to choose one’s destiny and will.

To lock in that freedom, God placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. Man was warned that eating of that tree would amount to rebellion against God and death. More on that in a moment.

The life God gave was one of freedom, creativity, consciousness, intellect, problem solving, engineering, art, beauty, music and progress. All of this is birthed from the life God gave, and the life God breathed into man’s nostrils.

Man is capable of all of this because God made him a living soul.

So, everything good we enjoy about life, whether it be music, art, sports, or entertainment, springs forth from the life God gave us. Everything good we accomplish, from building things, business, to medical advancements, comes from the life God gave us.

And God intended on us doing these good things with the life He gave us, which is why He told Adam to keep and dress the Garden, meaning that God’s intention for man was to make his perfect creation even better.

As Genesis 2:15 says, “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”

So, everything good you enjoy in life comes from the life God gave, thus everything good in life comes from God, because He is good.

As James 1:17 says, “Every very good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

So, seeing that God’s creation is good, and seeing that the gifts He gives is good, then we can conclude that God is good. Jesus Christ said that there is none good but God.

So what about the suffering? We did that on our own. God created the perfect world and gave us a perfect life, but in sinning against Him, we broke it. Not only that, but we continually perpetuate the suffering by sinning against each other.

So God is not the source of what’s bad in the world, we are. God is good, but we are not. But praise be to God, He can take all of our badness and turn it into good, and He does that continually (Romans 8:28)

So, God is good. The life He gave is good. The gifts He gives through that life is good. Therefore He is worthy of our faith – we should trust Him all the more.