I wish sin never entered the world.
I wish humanity would love one another unconditionally.
I wish it didn't feel so hopeless at times.
It's hard to watch the news and see the brokenness that plagues society, that plagues our hearts.
BUT there are reasons not to lose hope:
Jesus came to Earth and lived the sinless life.
God didn't give up on us even though we turned our backs on Him. He still came in pursuit of us. He has so much love for us that He humbled Himself to the point of denying His divinity and came to Earth as Jesus. There is plenty of historical evidence that a man name Jesus of Nazareth lived during the first century outside of the Bible, but the Bible includes four eyewitness accounts of His life on Earth and His sinlessness. He even experienced everything we'll experience on this Earth yet remained sinless. He can empathize with us. But that's not all...
Jesus died the death we deserve.
He has so much love for us that He humbled Himself to the point of death. That death is something we deserve because of our disobedience and sinful hearts. Jesus' death is even something historically documented as fact outside of the Bible. But that's still not all...
Jesus resurrected and redeemed us from the separation our sin creates.
He overcame that death and resurrected, conquering sin and death once and for all. He created a bridge between God and man that we might experience everlasting life and intimate relationship with our Creator once again, as He originally intended. Jesus' body missing from the tomb is something also documented outside of the Bible.
If the story presented in the Bible is true, which I believe it is, and Jesus is who He said He is and did what is recounted numerous times, then...
Why not believe in a great Creator who loves you?
Why not believe in a God who can empathize with your weaknesses?
Why not believe in the greatest miracle of all times?
Why not believe in the greatest news ever told?
What is there to lose except maybe your pride? Your chains? Your strongholds? Everything that holds you back from being a loving, fulfilled, complete creation?
Did we create the world? Did we set everything into motion? Do we hold all of eternity together with perfect precision? No. And how could all of this intricate universe come from nothing? Wouldn't we still see things randomly appear if that were the case? Why is it a fact that everything that comes into existence now has to be created if that wasn't the case for everything in the beginning?
So why do we think we can decide what's right and what's wrong? What's God and what's not? That it's somehow relative? Truth can't be relative. It just can't. If truth is relative, when one "truth" says another "truth" is a lie, which one is true? Logically, they can't both be. There has to be absolute truth.
We have to start from somewhere. The question is, where? Where are we going to base our moral truth, our moral compass, and source of truth? In people, who have very little control over anything, or in an all-powerful, loving Creator, who knows everything intimately, controls everything, and made everything to be exactly as it is?
The hope isn't in ourselves but in God and allowing Him, and partnering with Him, to restore His creation. It is there that we find harmony, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control. If you think about it, aren't these the things we long for in everything that's wrong with society? But what are those? We find this list in Galatians 5:22-23, the fruit of the Holy Spirit. We can't find them or foster them or cultivate them without God.
So I ask you this question, are you truly in search of truth or just arguments that will validate your own opinions?
Don't take my word for it. Get out a Bible. Do some research. Have conversations with people who believe differently than you. Let the search for truth be a never-ending quest.
And just because it may feel hopeless at times, doesn't mean there is none. Because... there's always Hope.