Chapter Thirteen


Brian sat by himself under a giant pine tree. He had been thinking about all he had learned. A few days earlier, he was sure the Bible was a book full of fairy tales. had become clear to him that he had been wrong. He was amazed at the incredible accuracy of the Bible, right down to the littlest detail. The Bible was 100 percent accurate. He was overwhelmed with everything he had learned and was unsure of his feelings.

On a branch nearby, something caught his eye. A caterpillar had made a cocoon several months earlier and was just beginning to break out of the cocoon. He watched as the creature slowly crawled out and unfolded its wings for the first time.

"Brian," Jamie called softly. She had been standing there for a few minutes watching Brian watch the butterfly.

He looked up, and smiled, to see his friend standing there. He put his finger to his lips. "I don't want to startle it."

Jamie sat down in the grass nearby. "How are you?" she asked.

"Confused, overwhelmed," he replied. "I kind of feel like my life is a tangled mess and nothing makes sense anymore," he sighed.

"What do you mean?"

"Well, I guess I have been going through life thinking I had my life in control. What used to be important to me doesn't have meaning any more."

Jamie smiled. "Have you tried praying about it?"

"No, I wasn't sure what to say."

"Well, G-d already knows what you're thinking. There is no need to beat around the bush with Him. Just talk to Him like you talk to me," she explained.

Brian sat thinking for a few minutes. Finally he said, "All right, I'll pray."

Brian and Jamie bowed their heads. "Dear G-d, I'm not sure what to think anymore. I need your help to make sense out of my life. Show me what I should do now." Brian's voice cracked and his hands were sweaty and shaking.

"You know Brian, I wasn't always a Believer in Yeshua."

"I've known you since we were little kids! You have been going to church all your life! Your Mom and Dad are Believers! You're a good person! You even give money to the church!" Brian couldn't believe Jamie had said something so stupid.

"Going to church doesn't make you a Believer. My parents are Believers, but it's not something you inherit like blonde hair and blue eyes. As far as being a good person, I may not be a killer, a thief, or whatever, but by G-d's standards I don't measure up. No one does! Yes, I do give money to the church, but eternal life is not something you can buy. Eternal life is a gift."

"A gift? Explain that!"

"You see, people are sinful. It all started back in the garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve disobeyed G-d and ate the forbidden fruit. Until that time, they had a personal relationship with G-d. Each evening G-d visited with them in the garden. By their sin they destroyed their relationship with G-d. You see, G-d is holy. He cannot be in the presence of sin. Their relationship with G-d was forever broken."

"That's awful!" Brian was distressed.

"You're right," Jamie acknowledged, "but that's not all. There is a penalty for sin."

"A penalty?" Brian groaned.

"Yes, the penalty for sin is death. Eternal separation from G-d. Eternity spent burning in hell."

"That's terrible!" Brian wailed.

"The only way for our relationship to be restored with G-d is by our living a perfect, sinless life," she continued.

"That's impossible! No one is perfect and sinless!"

"Not only that, the Bible tells us we are already born into sin. Because of Adam and Eve's sin, we are born sinners and on the road to hell," Jamie paused.

"Can't something be done?" Brian was terribly upset.

"Yes Brian. G-d loves us so much, that He devised a plan to remove our sins once and for all."

"A plan! What plan?" Brian was hanging on her every word.