It’s easy to go through life on automatic pilot. It’s easy to think that the life we have now is all there is, without ever wondering whether there could be a fuller, richer, better way of being alive. But sooner or later, we're likely to come up against some awkward questions, such as:
If we’re successful and fairly well off, why is it that life can still feel empty?
If we lose our job, or our relationships break down, where do we turn to find comfort, and hope for the future?
And what about the rest of the world? All the problems of violence and injustice, all the suffering and poverty, all the lonely and rejected people? How can we make sense of these problems? What can we do about them?
And how will we cope with death when it comes? Is death the end of everything, or is there something more?
A Bigger Picture of Life
To make sense of the big questions we face on our human journey, we need a deeper understanding of what life is about. At the centre of that deeper understanding is God.
God is the creator and father of the universe, and the source of all life. If we open our eyes, the wonderful world we live in reveals the glory and wonder of God.
The climax of God’s creation is the evolution of human life. The Bible says we are made in the image of God. We are the only species who can share God’s understanding of life, and have a loving relationship with God.
Because God loves each one of us – not just feeling love for us, but caring for us totally. God wants us to know him and worship him. He wants to forgive us, and to give us a fresh start in life. He is always drawing us to him, to share his divine life.
And the greatest evidence of God’s love is Jesus Christ. Jesus was the Son of God: he was both God and human. Through his life, death, and resurrection, Jesus showed us that there are no limits to God’s love. No matter who we are or what we've done, we can turn to God at any time and he will embrace us as his children.
God is always with us, always here. The presence of God around us and within us is called the Holy Spirit. So Christians believe in one God, who we can know in three ways – as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (the 'Trinity').
How do we know this is true? From experience. Not just our own, but the experience of countless millions who have trusted their lives to Jesus, in the two thousand years from the first disciples whose stories are told in the Bible, right down to the present day. If we let him, Jesus will transform our lives for good. As we will discover if we are prepared to try.