Kerry nudges Daniel. "Ask him about our plan."
"Uh--ah, But, have you even thought about what would happen if sin itself could be eliminated--if it would be possible to prevent the first sin and thus keep sin from entering our world?"
Peter shakes his head and looks even more sternly into Daniel’s eyes. "This could never be, my friend--never ever!"
Daniel squirms. "But why not?"
"There has to be sin in the world. If Adam hadn’t sinned, someone else after him would have. You see, we have to have the ability to sin in order to be free moral agents. If we couldn’t sin, neither could we love God with our whole hearts. And, if there were no sin in the world, Jesus would not have had to come and to give his life."
"You mean that when he died on that cross, he was dying for the sins of the world?"
"For the sins of anyone who would believe on Him."
"But everyone won’t believe on him; and even if they would, believing on Jesus doesn’t make you perfect, does it?"
"No, but when we believe on Him, He gives us a new nature. We still have the old sin nature that wants to sin, but the new nature that Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, gives us enables us to overcome the sin nature and live holy lives. He gives us both the motivation and the power."
"So the only way to change the world--"
"--is to first of all receive Jesus into your own life, and then to tell others about him with the help of the Holy Spirit Even though everyone won’t believe, there will be enough people who will to make a difference. Jesus called us the salt of the earth. As salt holds back corruption in food, so, we hold back the corruption in the earth. He also called us the light of the world. We are to shine for Him in the darkness of this world. So, you see another illustration of why there must be sin in the world. If there were no darkness, there would be no need of the light, but in the darkness, the light shines all the brighter."
Daniel looks at his two friends. "Perhaps we have been wrong, guys."
"Yeah," agrees Walt, "Perhaps he’s right. The answer to the problem of evil in the world just might be this Jesus. We had this message available in our own time, but we purposely overlooked it."
They walk back to the ship lost for a while in silent thought.
"Well what do you think?"
"Why didn’t anyone tell us this before?"
"It sure makes a lot of sense."
"I wasn’t going to tell you, but I prayed to repent of my sins and receive Jesus into my life."
"Well, I did too. When he was speaking, I felt something pulling inside of me so strongly that I couldn't resist it. I suddenly saw the blackness of my own heart against the background of Jesus' love, and knew I had to do something about it."
"The same thing happened to me. It must be what he called the Holly Spirit."
"I feel really good--really peaceful for the first time in my life."
"My goodness! We’re all Christians now! How about that?"
"It seems as if our whole journey was pointing toward this, doesn’t it?"
"Yeah, it does, when you think about it. Isn’t it great?”
"It sure is! But what are we going to do? What are we going to tell home base? We can’t continue the mission now."
"We don’t have to. We have a different mission now--to tell people about Jesus."
"I can hardly wait to get back and get started, although on the other hand, I must admit it seems a bit scary."
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