What Does Separation From God Mean?
God is our creator; the source and Lord of all life. He is worthy of our honor and worship (Neh 9:6; Ps 95:3-7). He has also laid down commandments to guide us in the right way. But if we choose to reject Him and disregard His commandments, then we have to bear the consequences. Living apart from God, our spirits are effectively dead. Without the light of His true goodness, we turn instead to baser desires (Rom 1:20-32).
Wanting or taking something that isn’t ours.
Bending or breaking the truth to protect ourselves.
Flattering someone powerful, while ignoring the needs of those less fortunate. Getting angry, resentful, even hurting someone we love.
Haven’t we all been guilty of these thoughts and actions? Haven’t we all wanted to be a better child, a better parent, a better spouse, a better friend?
God calls us to live according to better standards--His standards. As our creator, He wants us to live up to His perfect goodness and righteousness, to keep the commandments He has set out for us. He wants us to love Him and serve Him with all our heart. Failing to do so means sin, of which all of us are guilty (1 Jn 1:10). And sin in turn becomes the barrier that separates us from God and the glory of His kingdom. Without the spiritual life He gives us, we face suffering, death, and eternal suffering after death.
How Can I be Saved?