A real Christian knows God. But knowing God is different from knowing about him. Would you choose a spouse just by reading about him or her? You
would probably only be comfortable about making a decision until you'd had a personal relationship with the individual. It's the same with God.
God created us for relationship with him. However, Adam and Eve chose to sin by disobeying God. Since God can't tolerate evil in his presence, their sin separated them from God. Every individual who has lived since then has experienced this alienation from God. The consequence of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
Fortunately, God has an answer for the dilemma of sin, namely, Jesus Christ. He came to earth, lived a perfect life and when he died on the cross, he paid the penalty for our sins. He came back to life, never to die again.
Excerpted from "What is a Real Christian?", copyrighted © 2002 by Luis Palau.
Some text was modified for brevity.
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