Our relationship with God can be restored
The letter from your correspondent Free Will (Write Back, August 15) raises a number of issues which many struggle with as they read the Bible.
Some may argue that the Gospel as presented in its pages is over-simplistic, but equally other passages can be difficult to fully understand - ie Exodus 4:21; Romans 9:13.
The Fall of Man (Genesis 3) resulted in fellowship being broken between a holy God and man with sin entering into the world. The sending of Jesus into the world was God's remedy to restore fellowship with man and bring about reconciliation with Him. Man was not created as a "puppet", as suggested, but was given a conscience to choose between right and wrong. But, because of disobedience, a great chasm opened up between God and mankind.
Judas Iscariot, in many ways, looked the part of a disciple, but was ultimately exposed by Jesus as a traitor.
The Gospel is all about free will and trusting solely in Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross in bearing away the sin of the world. We bring nothing to the table with any good works, which proves offensive to many, but, to quote Hebrews 11 v 6: 'Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.'
Fallen man can be restored into a right relationship with God and that is a very positive message.