Paradise Found!

Paradise Found!

The cynics have given up but the rest of us keep the vision. Is this only a fantasy?

We cannot make paradise. How can imperfect people make a perfect place?

There once was a paradise on earth. The Bible says, “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there He put the man He had formed” (Genesis 2:8). When ancient scholars translated the Old Testament from Hebrew to Greek, they translated the word “garden” with the Greek word “paradise” which is now also an English word.

The paradise in Eden was a perfect place with beautiful trees and luscious fruit all amply watered by a river. The foliage was filled with singing birds and tame animals roamed through the forest. Toil, pain, disease, death and sorrow were unknown.

However, we humans have a way of causing trouble for ourselves. Adam and Eve disobeyed God. Their sin was quickly followed by shame, fear, loss of fellowship with God and expulsion from the garden. That was the end of this earthly paradise.

Not only was this the end of that paradise, but the beginning of our being sinners as the Bible says, “Through the disobedience of the one man that many were made sinners” (Romans 5:19). Adam lost not only paradise, but his purity.

It is also true that because he is the head of our human race, we are all sinners, for the Scripture says, “Just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin and in this way death came to all men because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).

Our dying is the proof of our sinfulness. If you do not think you are a sinner, then do not die! Before any one of us is admitted to any paradise, there must be pardon for sin.

Because Christ died for us, He can pardon us. The Bible says, “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on you and to our God for He will freely pardon” (Isaiah 55:7). Because Jesus paid the price for sin, He could say to the repentant thief, “Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).

Now paradise is not on earth, but in heaven. Paul the Apostle, relating a vision, says he “was caught up to paradise” (II Corinthians 12:4).

Mankind did not make the first paradise on earth and will not make another. The paradise in heaven has been made by the Lord Jesus Christ who said, “I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

Since paradise is now in heaven, how do we get there? It is through the Lord Jesus Christ who said, “I am the Way” (John 14:6).

The path to paradise is through personal saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the only Savior of lost sinners.