GOD COULD HAVE CREATED us perfect, like the angels. Angels are immortal, they don’t suffer and they cannot do wrong. ‘Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?’ (Hebrews 1:14). Why did God not make us like the angels?
ANYONE WHO HAS received Christmas cards or watched a nativity play will be familiar with the story of the three kings who came to the stable to see the baby Jesus. Do you think you know the story? Here it is in full.
THE FACT THAT Jesus Christ died on the cross, as we are told in the Gospels and letters of the Bible’s New Testament, is generally accepted throughout the world. The Bible tells us it was not just the death of an innocent man—Jesus Christ was the Son of God who died to save us from our sins. How was his death able to do this?
THE BASIC ANSWER to this question is straightforward: anyone can say the words of a prayer to God. But that is not really the point! When I was a young girl there was a strict schoolteacher who scared me. I used to pray that she would be ill so that I would not have to face her. No doubt God was aware of my foolish childish words, but happily they had no effect. So the real issue is: when is prayer acceptable to God?