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Wondering What to Believe?

  1. Does Nature Give Proof of God?
    8  Digging Deeper
  2. Can I Hear God's Voice?
    8  Digging Deeper
  3. Can I Trust the Bible?
    7  Digging Deeper
  4. Who is God?
    8  Digging Deeper
  5. Who Am I?
    7  Digging Deeper
  6. What is the Meaning of Life?
    7  Digging Deeper
  7. Is there a Right and Wrong?
    7  Digging Deeper
  8. Who Wrote the Bible?
    8  Digging Deeper
  9. Why Does God Allow Evil?
    9  Digging Deeper
  10. Does God Love Me?
    5  Digging Deeper
Lesson 5, Digging Deeper 4
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The consequences to contaminating our likeness to God.

The bad news is that we have contaminated our likeness to God by disobeying God’s will for us. We have all sinned and now fall short of the glory of God (Romans 6:23). The Apostle Paul describes our terrible plight in Romans 1:18-32. He describes us like this: “ungodly,” “unrighteous,” “suppress the truth,” “without excuse,” “do not honor God or give thanks to him,” “futile in their thinking,” darkened foolish hearts,” “fools,” “exchanged God’s glory for earthly images,” “God gave us up to impurity and dishonoring our bodies,” “exchanged the truth for a lie,” “worshipped and served the creature rather than the creator,” “God gave us up to dishonorable passions,” “women were consumed with passion for one another,” “men committed shameless acts with men,” and “debased mind.”

Paul concluded by listing our sins and our status with God:

He will judge everyone according to what they have done. . . . he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. 9 There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil. (2:6-9)

The good news is that God still loves us and sent his Son Jesus into the world to die as a sacrifice to forgive our sins (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (verses 17-21)