This Planet Should Be Perfect

Daniel O'Brien, A&E Editor

When one looks at the bad things that happen in this world, it is easy to say that things are screwed up. Don’t get me wrong, for there are a lot of beautiful and wonderful things and experiences out there. But one still does get the feeling that something is not right.

This can very well stem from the evil that lurks amongst humanity. Crazies shoot up movie theaters and schools, chefs slow cook their wives, and people are kidnapped, tortured, and worse. Even though these are extreme examples, I ask you to examine daily life. Pretty much all of us experience (or partake in) lying, gossiping, judging others, and anything else that makes our lives miserable. For a college example, just think of the crap that happens when someone gets wasted.

If you have this understanding that things are not the way they are supposed to be, I want to share with you the solution. Many people, even nonbelievers, are likely to be familiar with the following Bible verse, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” –John 3:16.

But not many people are aware of the verses that follow, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” –John 3:18-19.
These two verses make it very clear that one: the world has been perverted, and two: that belief in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is necessary for salvation. The very beginning of the Bible details how God created the world to perfection. That was, until Adam and Eve let sin enter the world.

Now, my intention is not to whack you over the head with the Word. My intent is to share with you what I’ve learned is the way to find the perfect world that was meant to be. Perhaps one of the best definitions of a true Christian is someone who realizes that they are a sinner and need Jesus Christ, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” –Romans 3:23.
At various points in the New Testament, the church (meaning Christians and not the institution) is compared to a bride, with Christ as the bridegroom. Marriage is supposed to be a union of two people and an overflowing of love and joy. Well, being a Christian is actually very much the same thing. Christ simply loves you. He loves you so much that he died for you. He wants you to be His bride (now guys, stay with me).

The apostle John in Revelation describes what comes after the apocalypse, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” –Revelation 21:1-2.
Everyone who places their faith in Christ is united and experiences a joy and peace, which is seemingly at odds with the world’s condition. They understand that a perfect world is waiting and eagerly strive for that.

If you are considering placing your faith in Christ, or just simply want to learn more, I encourage you and pray that you seek Him out. I know that there are great Christians that go to on-campus events like Campus Crusade for Christ or Shine On. Many will be willing to discuss what Christianity is all about and provide meaningful fellowship. There are also several good churches in Marshall. And, of course, the best source of guidance can be found in the words of the Bible.