Saturday, February 14, 2015

Created for Forever

Colorado Christian University Essay Contest

By: Morgan Hancock

Prompt: If you could speak to an audience of one million people, what would you say?
 (500 word max)

There is one thing that unites all human beings:

We long for a perfect world and struggle with the fact that our lives are anything but perfect.

Written on the heart of every human is the aching for something more. A more perfect job, spouse, house, child, vacation and so on. We long for more than failed marriages, dashed hopes, terrorism, beheadings, mass shootings, disappointments, cancer, hunger, depression, suffering -- and for more than death.

We can’t be content with the world as it is because we all have a craving for what it could be.

So, we hope, we dream, we mourn, we imagine, and we desire more.

Why is that?

CS Lewis concluded that, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I wasn’t made for this world.”

Every earthly attempt at immortality is a mere counterfeit. Houses crumble, nations dissolve, art corrodes, and legacies are forgotten.  The truth is that we are already immortal. “Dying”, as we think of it, only takes us from mortal to immortal.

Yet, we weren’t just created for mere immortality, but rather, for perfection, for a loving relationship with our Creator -- for Heaven.

So why aren’t we living in paradise? Because our Creator took a risk.  Instead of creating machines to involuntarily adore Him, he made human beings with a free will.  The first humans chose poorly. They chose to cash in the perfection of Eden, in exchange for the hope that The Lie (that you shall be as God) was true. Thus, evil entered into human history.  And since Adam, the most observable fact in the human experience is that every single person has chosen poorly– instead of obedience to God, they’ve chosen to put their own way before His -- in other words, they’ve all sinned.

God, in His perfection, cannot have anything to do with sin. He must be separated from it. Consequently, this forces Him to necessarily separate from us.

It didn’t have to be this way. God desired to live in perfect communion with us, and He still does. So, He set into motion a plan of restoration – a way to get us back.

Just as the problem of sin entered the world through one man, Adam, the cure for sin enters the world through one man, Christ. Christ entered the world with one mission: to give his life as a ransom. The penalty for our sin is eternal separation from God, but Christ, who never sinned, paid that price and on the cross He felt the agony of being totally separated from God.  

The echoes of Eden in our heart can finally be satisfied.

Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we can finally choose wisely -- we can choose Christ. Through Christ, we can once again be forever reunited with our Creator in paradise, on the new Heaven and Earth that He is preparing for us.