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The Nature of God

 God is love. He is the God that is totally self-giving. From before the beginning of time, God had planned to give of Himself to man. He desires both a relationship and a loving fellowship with man. (I John 4:16, Hebrews 4:3, Revelation 3:20).
 God is righteous. He is perfect in everything that He does. His kingdom is also perfect; therefore, only that which is perfectly righteous can enter into the kingdom of God. (Psalm 119:137, Psalm 145:17, Matthew 5:20, 48).
Eternal Life:
 God is the creator and the author of life. He gave every person physical life. He also desires to give every person a spiritual life which will last for all eternity. (Genesis 2:7, John 5:24, John 10:28-29).
 God is also the creator of both physical and spiritual light. Spiritual light is seeing everything from the standpoint of truth. There is no darkness in God at all. He desires to reveal His light to the world. (Genesis 1:3, I John 1:5, Isaiah 60:1-3).
The works of God:
 The works of God are all good and perfect (complete). Man can neither add anything to them nor take anything from them. God's works were to supply the "missing link" between man and God. (Psalm 33:4, Numbers 23:19, Matthew 19:26).

The Nature of Man

 We can not blame others for our wrongdoings because each of us are drawn away by our own lust and enticed. We are tempted by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and by our own pride. The truth is that when we are tempted, sooner or later, we give in to that temptation. (James 1:14, I John 2:16, Romans 7:14-15).
 We sin in our words, actions, attitudes, and thoughts. God looks at what is in the heart. Sin is simply disobeying God. God tells us to do something, and we don't do it. He tells us not to do something, and we do it anyway. Sin is missing the mark that God has set before us. Everyone sins and misses God's mark. (Jeremiah 17:10, Matthew 5:28, Matthew 15:19, Romans 3:10, 23).
 The most important consequence of sin is death. God told Adam and Eve that the very day that they disobeyed Him, they would die. He was talking about the death of the spirit, the inner being. God had created them as spiritual beings that He might have a relationship and fellowship with them. Spiritual death meant that they could no longer have a relationship with Him. Because of sin, each of us has become spiritually dead to God. (Romans 6:23, Romans 5:12, Romans 7:9-11).
The works of man:
 Someone will surely say, "But, I am a pretty good person. I don't do a lot of bad things like others, and I even go to church, pray, and read my Bible." However, the Bible says that it only takes one sin to break God's law. It further says that all our righteousness is nothing more than filthy, blood-stained rags to God. Furthermore, it is not possible for man to make himself alive again by doing "good works". (James 2:10, Isaiah 64:6-7, Romans 8:8).

The Problem

There is a great gulf fixed between man and God because of man's sin. This fiery gulf is impossible for a man to cross by his own ability. It is called "the second death" and is described as a lake of fire. It is a place of eternal punishment designed for Satan and his fallen angels. Most people call it "Hell". It is a place where sinful man at death will meet with the wrath of the righteous God. It is a bottomless pit with no escape! (Luke 16:19-31,Revelation 20:14, Matthew 25:41, Romans 1:18, Hebrews 2:3).
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