Terror Attack

by Pastor Troy D. cane

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TERROR ATTACK

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With the unfolding of events in recent years in New York, Bali, Madrid and London the word ‘terror’ has taken on new meaning.

As each of these terrorist attacks brought death, physical pain, emotional trauma and real chaos to civilised societies, many are asking the questions: Why? Why so many deaths? Why so much pain and suffering?

While our politicians draft new legislation, organise inter-faith dialogue and develop new anti-terrorism measures, the question still remains – why all this terror? Why do we have death and destruction in our world?

THE ORIGINAL ‘TERROR ATTACK’

The real answer to that question takes us back to the original ‘terror attack’ at the commencement of human history – back to the Garden of Eden, for it was there that a bomb of sorts went off and it brought great devastation and chaos. It is because of what happened then, that we have terror in our world today.

The Bible records that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) and God’s creation was “very good” (Genesis 1:31). The God of perfection made a world that was beautiful in appearance, wonderful in fragrance, magnificent in sound and delicious in flavour. It was a society of order not chaos; tranquillity not hostility; beauty not tragedy; delight not terror.

It was into such a world that Satan, the master deceiver came in the form of a serpent (Genesis 3:1). He came into Eden like a sneaky terrorist boarding a bus or plane posing as a friend, while the whole time concealing a bomb. Satan engaged Eve in a friendly conversation, whilst he subtly planted the bomb of sin by tempting them to disobey God.

God had previously commanded Adam saying, “You shall not eat of the tree of knowledge …… the day that you eat of it you shall surely die,” (Genesis 2:17). However, Eve foolishly listened to Satan’s temptation and ate the fruit and gave it to her husband – they disobeyed God’s command and death and destruction entered our world. We could say that that was the day the bomb of sin went off; that was the first ‘terror attack’. When that bomb went off our world was changed forever.

It is ultimately due to this original ‘terror attack’ in Eden, that is, the entrance of sin, that we have what we do today in our world: death, pain, suffering, chaos and terror.

Tragically thousands of people have died in recent years due to various terrorist attacks. However, far worse than that, when the bomb of sin went off in Eden its deadly destruction was universal. “Sin entered the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned,” (Romans 5:12).

Because of the entrance of sin, pain and sorrow came into our world. To Eve God said, “I will greatly multiply your sorrow.” (Gen.3:16) To Adam God said, “Cursed is the ground for your sake … thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you.” (Gen.3:17) This is the reality of life in a fallen world – pain and sorrow.

Prior to sin, mankind enjoyed wonderful relationships. There was real peace and harmony with God and with one another, however the moment they disobeyed God’s command and ate the forbidden fruit everything changed. People are now at enmity with God: “The carnal mind is enmity against God,” (Romans 8:7). People are now in conflict with one another: family member against family member, nation against nation.

When God found Adam hiding in the Garden, He asked him why he hid. His answer was, “I was afraid”. Due to the bomb of sin, fear or terror entered mankind’s world. Now, today we see the effects of sin in our world – there is terror. There is fear of death, fear of tomorrow, fear of the next terror attack – terror rages in our world.

So as we ask the questions – why are we having these terror attacks? Why so many deaths? Why so much pain and sorrow? Why so much terror in our world? We find the answer in the Bible – because of man’s original sin and man’s continual sin.

WHAT IS THE ANSWER?

Perhaps the most important question that must be asked is – what is the answer? Did Adam and Eve have any hope for the future? Can we have any hope for our future? We answer – YES!

In the Garden of Eden God gave a wonderful promise that provided hope for deliverance. God promised that He would provide a Deliverer who would come through the seed of the woman, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel, ” (Genesis 3:15).

God kept that promised – “when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman,” (Galatians 4:4). Jesus Christ came as a human so that He could stand in our place as sinners and there overcome sin, Satan and death. He took the punishment of sin (death) that we as sinners deserve and in the process His heel was bruised.

Yet by His death He gave a fatal and incurable blow to Satan, the serpent of old – “He bruised His head”. Satan had been defeated, sin had been conquered and He proved to all that death had been overcome by rising from the dead on the third day.

World leaders gather today to talk about political and military ways of winning the ‘War on Terror’, but the true ‘War on Terror’ was won by the Lord Jesus Christ two thousand years ago.

GOOD NEWS

The good news is – if you would turn from your sin and go in faith to this victorious Saviour, Jesus Christ; placing your trust in His finished work of salvation on the cross, then you can be free from the fear of death, free from Satan and sin that currently bind you, free from the judgement of God, that you are currently under due to your sin.

If you would turn from your sin and believe in the Saviour of sinners, Jesus Christ, then you can have hope that your sins are forgiven and that there is a place reserved for you in heaven. Your eternal home will be completely free of sin, death, pain, sorrow, chaos and terror.

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved,” (Acts 16:31). Will you believe in Him today?

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