From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
After God created the world, He said it was perfect, because He had made it exactly the way He wanted it to be. He pronounced His creation very good (Genesis 1:31) before Satan tempted Adam and Eve and before the world was invaded by sin. Adam and Eve chose to believe Satan’s lies instead of God’s truth. God had given them everything they needed. They enjoyed fellowship with the Creator; they walked in perfect harmony with Him. But when they turned their backs on Him and listened to Satan’s lies, like a deadly cancer, sin took root in the human heart. Even the plants and animals became ravaged by sin and death.
We do not live in an ideal world, but in a world dominated by sinful, selfish desires. What we see taking place around the globe, rebellion and protest against God, is a revolt in the sphere of the human heart concerning His truth.
Many have fallen into the world’s trap, following its self-indulgent goals and driven by its self-centered motives. It can happen without being aware of it. We must make sure that Christ is first in our lives, and make it our goal to live according to God’s Word.
The history is grim, but the future is bright. Why? Because the Bible tells us that this sin-sick, fallen world will not last forever. At the end of time God will intervene, and the new Heaven and the new earth He creates will be free from all evil and pain.
All who follow Christ as Savior look forward to that great and glorious day.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)