This afternoon my mom and I went to the ICR (institute of creation research) museum in Santee. It was a very interesting experience. I enjoyed seeing and reading these scientists ideas of our origins, which I found very accurate to scripture yet also very scientifically centered. The most intreagueing section of the museum walked you from Genesis chapter 1 right on into genesis chapter 3 "the fall of man." Very creatively, they portrayed a drastic change in the world through the imagery and color of the exhibit.
I think sometimes we forget that the world was created good. Something had to happen to make it cursed, the curse was not naturally built into the DNA of the world. It's not hard to forget, afterall we were born into the curse. We know no other reality except for this messed up suffering world. No wonder so many think that there is no hope, that God will someday simply toss this wolrd to the trash as if it's a failed project. What if the whole "ministry of reconcilliation" and mission of restoration is to be taken seriousely.
At the conference a good friend of mine named Nathan (not Barnes) brought up a movie called "Joshua" in which there is a scene that could corrospond with this subject. Inthe movie a woman accidently breaks a pot, she's distressed by it's loss, but to her suprise a kind man glues it back together into a beutiful masterpiece. There is an obviouse decision to be made when something gets broken.
Let's see if I can paint this picture... God creates a beutiful world filled with "good" and drenched in perfection, a masterpiece, a preciouse creation. In this world there's peace and harmony until one day "sin" enters and the whole thing gets messed up, it gets cursed, it get's broken. Now god has a choice. Does God pick it up and toss it in the trash or go find a replacement? Or does god prize this creation so much that he restores it into a new creation and put it all to harmony again?
Now, with this question in mind read this:
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life"
Will God pick up the broken pieces and make new this broken world or is it futile to hope?