Well – some people will say, - we believe that Jesus is
the Son of God. But why is Jesus the
unique way to salvation? Isn’t it possible to be simply a good
person. You see, if God is full of love, won’t He want to accept all people as they are? How can the affectionate God
make a good person, who
simply doesn’t believe in Jesus, go into hell?».
think this way means not to understand the nature and the character of
God. Many people understand, that He is affectionate God, but they stop
here. The matter is that God is not only God of love. «For the Lord your God
is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows
no partiality nor takes a bribe»,
the Lord your God is consuming fire, a jealous God» (Deu.10:17; 4:24),
a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God» (Heb.10:31) - Bible
says. He is the creator of all life and laws of it. On His laws there the order and harmony of the universe hold on. Any infringement of the law leads to chaos and
death. Any infringement of the law is a sin, the sin means death. God the Father
is without an compromise. Everything
that is not in concord with the law must be destroyed in interests of
preservation of the harmony in the Universe. Can you consider yourself absolutely
sinless to appear in court before God the Creator without the defense? No. Any
person is sinful. If God sent His Son Jesus to accept death on a cross for our
sins, it means that He had a forcible reason for that.
But at first let’s apply to the Old Testament, when He prepared the garden of Eden like a wonderful cradle for a man. « And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness» (Gen. 1:26).
the Almighty God create a man in solitude? No.
He created him together with “first born and consanguineous
Jesus who was “the firstborn over all creation”, and it means
together with God the Father Jesus created all the diversity of life on our planet
by Him (Jesus) all thing were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible
and invisible» (Col.1:15-16))and was
also the Creator of a man.
God constantly found
time to communicate with His new son Adam. He took all the living creatures to
him to give names to them. And God saw that Adam needed an assistant and He
created Eve for him. «And
God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and
replenish the earth, and subdue it». The first people were under
the wardship and indefatigable attention of God. But God's love is perfect, in complete trust, and without
a forcing. He could not simply lock
them in a gold cage of the garden of Eden, He couldn’t
impose His love on them, He gave them the right to choose: to be with
Him, or without Him. Therefore He allowed to be in the Paradise the tree of knowledge of
good and evil – the door through which people
could always leave God if they wished.
The garden of Eden had many different trees. And people were allowed to eat the fruits of any tree. Even from the tree of life which was under Jesus' control (Rev.2:7;22:14). Only those who submitted themselves to God were allowed to eat fruits from the tree of life, so they could live eternally. Only about one tree – the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which was ruled by Satan, God told them: «Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die» (Gen. 3:3). The fruits of these two trees do not resemble any others, they are not only for satisfaction of flesh - their acceptance means the consent with that person, who operates the appropriate tree, the acceptance of his side. The interdiction of God not to eat fruits from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was caused by care for the people. God knew that having accepted the side of Satan, they would be cut off from His divine light. It means they would die. But they had to make the choice by themselves.