God created us in love to be in relationship with Him and with one another. But we rebel and run away from God. We fail to trust God, in fact we try to be our own gods and replace God with things that we think will make us happy—knowledge, power, wealth, fame, drugs, sex, pornography, material possessions, shopping, whatever....
It's called sin, which is at the heart of all human problems. In case you haven't noticed, we have a hard time getting along. Don't believe it? Study history. Read the news. Watch kids play on the playground. Listen to yourself when you are driving home at rush hour. And it doesn't just effect us—it effects all of creation (Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 8:19-22).
"After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 'The time has come,' he said. 'The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!'" (Mark 1:14-15)
"As for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:14-15)
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." (1 Corinthians 1:18)
In the Bible, the words for sin literally mean to “miss the mark.” We fall short of God’s will for us and the world; we fail to live the abundant life he created us to live.
St Augustine wrote that sin is a great confusion—God gives us people to love and things to use; we confuse them and love things and use people. Luther defines sin as turning inward on ourselves. In other words, ego. We live to serve ourselves. With sin comes death—physical, relational and spiritual death (Romans 6:22-23).