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When Empires Die: Thoughts on the Centennial of World War I, Part V

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"Interview Between Jesus and Nicodemus" James Tissot Brooklyn Museum

Interview Between Jesus and Nicodemus
James Tissot
Brooklyn Museum

A Matter of Life and Death

In truth God has placed the choice of life or death in front of every person from the beginning of time.  Consider what He said to our ancestors.  In the Garden of Eden there was the stark choice between the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which brought death (Genesis 2:8-16).  When the Lord spoke through Moses to explain His standards of righteousness to our fathers and mothers on the edge of the Promised Land, He said,

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.  (Deuteronomy 30:19-20 NKJV, emphasis added)

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Fox Byte #10: Avoiding Unpleasant Places

The work God does for us is to make us able to be around Him again.  Remember what that incident in the Garden of Eden was all about:  God gave our ancestors the choice to keep Him as God, or to eat that super-smart fruit and make little gods out of themselves.  They chose to be their own little gods, and we have suffered the consequences ever since.

What are the consequences?  Death, of course (Genesis 2:16-17; Romans 6:23).  It means just what you think – the end of your life.  It also means something worse – your separation from God forever.  You see, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, He had no choice but to throw them out of His Garden.  There can never be any more than one God anywhere, but they had decided to set themselves up as rival gods.  To keep from destroying them, He had to get them out of His presence (away from Him).

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