There are four problems that all human beings have for which I will discuss briefly. Each of these problems has only one satisfactory solution. One of the tests for the truth of any worldview is its ability to explain reality and human experience as it is. It is my contention that only the Christian Worldview is able to profoundly diagnose our core problem and provide a cogent and robust solution. Though many of the readers may deny the biblical teaching about the nature of humanity, I nonetheless have found through rational reflection and personal experience the Christian understanding of the human predicament to be evidently true. If the biblical teaching is true, then it is true for all humanity. Thus, it will be beneficial for each of us to understand the biblical teaching regarding the nature and purpose of our existence.
Very briefly the four problems are:
- We deserve to die (physically and spiritually) as the penalty for sin
- We deserve to bear God’s just wrath against sin
- We are separated from God and others because of our sin
- We are in bondage to sin
If these problems are true of humanity, then the biblical solution for our sin is tremendously exciting.
According to the Christian Worldview, Christ’s death on the cross was the solution for these problems. Indeed, the cross is the one and only solution for a humanity alienated from God, self, and others. Christ’s death can be seen from four angles:
- Because the penalty of our sins is death, Christ died as a sacrifice for us. Hebrews 9:26 says that “He appeared once for all…to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
- Because God is just and holy he must hate sin. As sinners we deserve to come under His wrath. Yet Christ died as a propitiation for our sin to remove us from under the condemnation of God. “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
- Because we are separated from God and alienated from Him, we needed someone to provide reconciliation. Christ’s death on the cross overcame our separation from and brought us back into fellowship with Him. 2 Corinthians we read that God “through Christ reconciled us to Himself.”
- Because we are sinners in bondage to sin, we needed to be redeemed. Jesus said that “the Son of Man also came…to give His life as a ransom for many.” Jesus Christ provided redemption and died to “deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage.” Heb 2:15 In reality, God has for all believers ” delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” Col 1:13
Jesus paid it all – all to Him I owe – sin had left a crimson stain – He washed it white as snow.