Why Do I Need To Be Saved?
People today enjoy a better standard of living, of health, and of convenience than in any other age. Yet, despite the progress we’ve made in science, technology, and our understanding of the world, the same problems that have existed from the beginning of civilization still plague us today: crime, hatred, discrimination, hunger, disease, conflict, greed, and war. People enjoy a longer life span than ever before, but some seek to end their own lives. People enjoy tremendous prosperity, but at the price of broken homes.
Let’s face it: there are certain things in life against which you are helpless and over which you have no control. Nothing you can do will ensure that you will be safe, secure, or satisfied. No matter how hard you try, there is only so much you can do to improve yourself. You may have a million dollars but still feel dissatisfied with your life. You may take out a large insurance policy, but not feel at ease. You may work sixty hours a week, and find no purpose or meaning in what you do. Why?
Our problems began when we separated from God. Like the prodigal son (Lk 15), we’re all too eager to escape the confines of our Father’s authority. But when we try to make it on our own, we discover that we can’t really find the right way. The things we pursue pass away, or may end up doing more harm than good. We discover the limits of our own resources: strength, energy, ability, and understanding. With no way out, we realize our need for God--for His mercy, love, guidance, and life. In fact, God has had all these in store for us from the very beginning. He’s only waiting for us to return to Him.
If you want to know where your life is headed, now and after death, you need to return to the source. You need to return to God.
What does separation from God mean?