Otherworldly Reconciliation

Posted on May 07 , 2014 in Grace & Salvation

Otherworldly Reconciliation

© By Brad L Hodges

2 Corinthians 5:16-21
16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

According to Wikipedia; “extraterrestrial life (from the Latin words: extra [“beyond”, or “not of”] and terrestris [“of or belonging to Earth”]) is defined as life that does not originate from Earth. It is often also referred to as alien life, or simply aliens (or space aliens, to differentiate from other definitions of alien or aliens). These hypothetical forms of life range from simple bacteria-like organisms to beings far more complex than humans.

Since the mid-20th century, there has been an ongoing search for signs of extraterrestrial life, from radios used to detect possible extraterrestrial signals, to telescopes used to search for potentially habitable extrasolar planets. It has also played a major role in works of science fiction.”

Aliens may or may not exist, and scientists will continue to intercede and attempt to reconcile us to the unknown, but humanity was born from the otherworldly connection to a very real God when He created man (Genesis 1:27).

While mankind has sought to make a connection to alien life forms through his worldly viewpoint, his need for reconciliation due to ‘original sin’ with the otherworldly realm of God has a far more significant impact.

The concept of ‘original sin’ has challenged humanity since creation and created not a little controversy among theologians in various religions.

In an article on BBC Religions dated 9/17/2009 the concept of original sin is succinctly laid out as follows:

“Original sin is not just this inherited spiritual disease or defect in human nature; it’s also the ‘condemnation’ that goes with that fault.

An explanation for the evils of the world

Some Christians believe that original sin explains why there is so much wrong in a world created by a perfect God, and why people need to have their souls ‘saved’ by God.

A condition you’re in, not something you do

Original sin is a condition, not something that people do: It’s the normal spiritual and psychological condition of human beings, not their bad thoughts and actions. Even a newborn baby who hasn’t done anything at all is damaged by original sin.

The sin of Adam

In traditional Christian teaching, original sin is the result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God when they ate a forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden.

Effects of original sin

Original sin affects individuals by separating them from God, and bringing dissatisfaction and guilt into their lives.

How to cure original sin

Some Christians believe that human beings can’t cure themselves of original sin. The only way they can be saved from its consequences is by the grace of God.

The only way people can receive God’s grace is by accepting his love and forgiveness, believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross to redeem their sins, and getting baptized.” *

When one accepts Jesus Christ as their personal savior they move from the empirical worldview to the spiritual worldview brought on by the Holy Spirit being invited into their lives. A new creation is born upon acceptance of Christ and the old self, inherent from the original sinful nature, dies.

By reconciling ourselves to God through Jesus Christ our sinful nature is no longer counted against us. Jesus Christ was without sin but took on all of the sin of mankind when he died on the cross so we might have reconciliation with God.

Once we truly accept Christ as our personal savior the Holy Spirit that now inhabits our soul intercedes when we are tempted or fall victim to sin and convicts us with the conscience of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sin.

As new creations in Christ we then become ambassadors for Him to spread the word of reconciliation to others so they may have the opportunity for eternal life through reconciliation.

Father help me share the message of reconciliation to others so they may come to know you personally through your son Jesus Christ. Use me as your ambassador in any way you can to share the good news that your son died on the cross so all those who accept him may live eternally with you. Amen.

* (Source: BBC Religions http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/beliefs/originalsin_1.shtml)

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