Recently I became aware of a specific concept. A Christian missionary commented that they could not “introduce” God Almighty to the people that they encountered as God was already there. He just chose to reveal Himself to them in a different way until the missionaries showed up to share the message of salvation through Jesus.

Genesis 2:7 (NIV) Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Genesis 1:31 (NIV) God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

God made humans and He said that His creation was good. What makes this statement obtain the gravity it deserves is when we realize that God ALREADY NEW that we would sin when He observed it.

Carrying the message of God, and Jesus to new and wonderful places is the same as the western adventurers that “discovered” America, or South Africa, or Australia. When the western “discoverers” arrived there were already hundreds of thousands of people living in the newly discovered lands.

At the original sin moment, there are only one of two possibilities; The first is that we lost the image of God that he breathed into us, or secondly that we retained His image. If we retained His image, we have to assume that it took some damage.

If we lost God’s image, we are doomed to live like animals. No spirit, no hope, and no salvation – unless God can do something astonishing to provide salvation through another means…

Romans 5:12 (NIV) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned

If we assume that we retained God’s image, all of a sudden we experienced shame, we experienced the ability to do wrong, both willingly and unwillingly. We are born into this sin, we are taught from childhood how to survive in this sinful world. We cannot escape it.

Ephesians 2:2-3 (NIV) As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

Our very being offends God, as He is incompatible with sin. We cannot accomplish the task of overcoming sin by ourselves even if we wanted to. We need salvation from another source. God has to intervene on our behalf…

If only we had a messiah, redeemer, savior, an intercessor to obtain reconciliation between us and God. Someone who had no sin…

1 Peter 2:21-24 (NIV) To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Irrespective of what you believe at the original sin with regards to God’s image inside humanity, the outcome, in the end, is the same. I personally don’t believe that we lost God’s image at the original sin moment. We are all spiritual beings trapped in a physical world that allows each of us to prepare for spiritual life. This spiritual life is timeless (in worldly terms – infinite).

On this earth we are placed to learn lessons and grow, to overcome obstacles, to repress our flesh and repent with our spirit, we need to take charge over our sinful physical forms with our spirit, and we have to endure the separation from God to teach us the value of being with Him. We cannot do this alone, we cannot hope to achieve this without the help of God and Jesus.

John 14:15-18 (NIV) “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.


God is good – All the time!!!

John 3:16-18 (NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

So does this mean that God loves us because we keep His commandments?

Romans 5:8 (NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


God is good – All the time!!!

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This, unfortunately, leaves us with only one answer – EVERYTHING we are thought by this world is wrong.

God loves – EVERY HUMAN BEING – irrespective of any division you can dream up.

This does not mean every human being is saved.


Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Instruction 1: Go and spread the wonderful news of the gospel to everybody that you encounter.

2 Peter 1:5-11 (NIV) For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Instruction 2: Grow your faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love.

Matthew 22:35-40 (NIV) One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Instruction 3: Live in love for God, humans, and yourself. Live as an example.

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John 8:3-11 (NIV) The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Jesus knows that we cannot live lives free of sin. This is a call to abandon the lives we have lived until now. This is also an example to us as to how we should view other humans.

We cannot stand in judgment, it is not for us to judge, but for Him.

We can only extend God’s loving Grace, Mercy, and Redemption to others.

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May the Love of God, the Salvation of Jesus and the Guidance of the Holy Spirit fill your lives.

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Author's Bio: 

Anton van den Berg is a normal person. I have no specialized theological training but I have led a life of hard and tough lessons. Like silver, I had to be taken to the furnace to get rid of a lot of impurities. In that process, I have learned to let certain things go, and to attach to other values. These posts represent some of the pivotal growth-moments in that journey. I hope that it would assist you on your journey in some way. May God Almighty, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit be with you.