That made sense; man did rule the world first. Strangely, God only had one rule; not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They broke it, as Hunter predicted, then the world degenerated.
All from eating fruit?
As he read on, he realised the real sin; defiance; one which sprouted from free will. God exiled them from the garden of Eden. Weeds grew and animals turned wild. Man from that time on had to work harder to sustain himself.
He read on. By the next generation, man had stooped to murder. Missionary spoke the truth; man did corrupt the world due to his wrongs.
But why did Cain kill Abel? Why did everyone sin thereafter?
An answer came to him. Was it fate, fortune, or something deeper? He didn’t know; only that it sounded feasible. It seemed everyone after Adam and Eve had a coating of sin at birth; an irremovable stain. But what could cleanse a person of their wrongs? Missionary mentioned a name.
What was it?
He flipped through the Bible, realising it had two main sections; the Old and New Testament. Stopping at various points, he read at random. Nothing stood out until Isaiah 53. It spoke of a man without fault, suffering great pain, yet He didn’t open His mouth to defend Himself. His suffering seemed planned; in fact verse six mentioned that God placed our sins on His shoulders; so He could take them away. This had to be the person Missionary mentioned; the one who could set things right; could, but it didn’t say how?
Hunter’s reading only created more questions yet he hungered even more for the answers. For one thing, Missionary said this “Saviour” was God, yet God laid all the wrongs of man on this person.
What if He was more than one person?
The words came from his mind but they didn’t seem like his. He looked to the star filled night for a sign of someone watching; nothing. Flipping further through the Bible took him into the New Testament. It began with genealogies in Matthew one. None of it meant anything to him as it began with someone called Abraham. Perhaps it started somewhere from a point of significance. The names rolled on without relevance until he reached the end…
Jesus! That was the name Missionary mentioned.
He read through. Matthew four, verses 16 and 17 said that the Spirit of God descended on Jesus like a dove. Yet in 17 it states that God spoke from Heaven at the same time. It seemed God was three persons in one.
But it doesn’t say anything about how I can be saved from sin.
“Talk to me,” he said to no one in particular.
Talk to me.
Were the words his own thoughts? He couldn’t be sure. With nothing to lose, he turned to the sky.
“Tell me what I’ve got to do,” he whispered.
An urge prompted him to read more.
To listen? he asked himself.
He heard God’s voice in the pages. They spoke of Jesus’ kindness and wisdom, then chapter 7 leapt out at him.