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“I cannot ignore the gap between how life ought to be and how it often is.”

Column 2 shows how humanity and the creation capsized, and life is out of order.

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God is not directly accessible to us.

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Creation eclipses our view of the Creator.

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Humanity has turned from our Creator and does not live like we ought.

God is not directly accessible to us.

“Where is God?” is a fair question. The biblical answer is that humanity is separated from God by our rebellion. God is revealed in various ways in nature and scripture, but never full and direct. The separation is painful.

My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why are You so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning? My God, I cry by day, but You do not answer, by night, yet I have no rest.Psalm 22:1,2

"Out of order" creation eclipses our view of the Creator.

Now our lives have been turned upside down in a world that is broken.

Humanity did not trust the Creator. In seeking what else there was beside good, we found evil. Like a canoe suddenly capsized, humanity experiences a panicked disorientation. In the illustration, being plunged upside down causes a frantic struggle for air. In our lives we experience a struggle for appropriate love; in relationship with other people and with our Creator. We get to the point where we think this is just how things are.

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”Romans 1:21-23

We have turned from our Creator and do not live like we ought.

The world is now cursed with suffering, sickness and spiritual separation. Human desires for love, respect, and satisfaction are pursued vigorously, but the creation is not sufficient. Without appropriate relationship with the Creator of life, things end badly.

"What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions."James 4:1-3

Separation from life is death.

Pain and frustration in life can often be managed, but ultimately we face death. This is the bad news. Prophets, priests and kings display God’s glory and hope in part throughout the old covenant, but humanity consistently falls short. Only God himself can rescue us.