In the beginning, God walked Adam. God and the man he created, were in perfect unity. God gave; Adam received. God loved; Adam trusted.
Satan hated that unity. He knew that if he could sever the relationship, he would destroy Adam and all people after him.
So Satan tempted Adam and Eve. They disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit; they broke connection. Since that day, every person is born with a sin nature, separated from God. We cannot see God as he really is—full of life and love for us.
Religion is people’s way of trying to become good enough to earn our way back to God. But our own religious efforts can never bridge the gap. We can’t obey the rules. We can’t free ourselves from past sins nor change the sin nature we inherited from Adam.
But the Father didn’t give up on us. He had a plan. That plan involved giving his Son. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16,.
Psalms 25:1-11 (KJV) Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.
Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.
Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.