In the beginning, God created the Earth. Why he did that, I don't know. I'm just glad he did.
He put the first man in a Garden, which is called Eden. Adam and Eve were created immortal, because God provided them with fruit from a tree called Life. God breathed into Adam His own breath and from that breath came man's soul, which is God in him. The eternal cord, some have called it.
But God also created those things that were pleasing to Him and to man - the plants and the animals. But God did not create the Earth for the animals; He created it for His most beloved and prized creation - man. The proof of that is the fact that He did not give the animals names - He let Adam do that. He gave the Earth to Adam as his possession for as long as he walked in oneness with God, his source of eternal life.
Now God did not want His beloved to be like the animals, in that they did what was instinctive to do only. God so loved man, that He longed that man would also love Him. (He then, first loved us.) So, in order for mankind to be capable of love, and according to God's perfection, which is His intrinsic wisdom, God had to give mankind a will. The ability to choose - the ability to choose to love God as God first loved him and thereby the capability to prove that love by choosing to obey Him and to remain in perfect union with Him. God had already proved His love to Adam by the gift of His creation and eternal life.
So now, man, with his own will, must have a way to exercise his love - prove or demonstrate his love. So God told His perfect, immortal beloved that there was only one law. He placed a tree in the garden and told man that he must not eat of that tree. If man did not eat from that tree, God would have His proof that man did indeed love Him as He loved man - more correctly, man would have his proof that he did indeed love God just as God loved him.
Well, we know what happened.
So according to the Law's of His perfect creation - the laws that we today may refer to as nature or science, as we come to understand the things of Gods natural laws - there came an acrimony between God and man. Now this place called Earth, which God had given legally (since God being God can only be Just) to man as his possession, fell into peril.
This is what took place.
Now, there was this angel - the Angel of Light, the most perfectly beautiful of all the angels, who said in his heart, then to other angels, something like... "If God is perfect, then He created us perfect. So since, we are perfect, we need no God. We do not need His laws. We can have our own laws and make them according to our perfect judgment."
(This note added, because some have questioned the “statement of Satan” – added by me for continuity - but no one knows just what he said or what particular incident caused Satan to rebel – if there was just one – but I placed this statement by him here merely as an illustration of his contempt and intention to rebel. Note, I said “something like…” – maybe it would have been helpful if I had said “’perhaps’ something like this…”. I did not mean to imply that these words will be found in scriptures.)
In this way, he thought himself to be equal with God who had created him. He caused one-third of the angels to follow him in a rebellion against God and lost. He was cast out of heaven and was caused to live in a place called the firmament. Thus was the fall of one third of the angels. This angel, now called Satan, hated God and set in his heart (since he failed at taking God's throne) to hurt God in the worst possible way. He would destroy, steal away, God's most beloved possession...mankind.
Now Satan, also called the Devil, came to Adam (Eve really, and her to Adam - we know the story) and said that God did not tell them the whole truth. He said that mankind would not die - which means separation from God (which is hell, by the way, according to scriptures) - if they disobeyed Him - but the truth of the matter, Satan said, was that you (Adam) only have half of the story. The devil was cunning, because this was true . Man knew of good because he knew God, but he did not know of evil, man knew physical life because it had been given to him by God eternal, but he did not know physical death. Man also knew union with God, but he did not know separation from Him. Satan said that if Adam would heed his word and eat from the tree, instead of heeding God's word and not eat of it, then mankind would become like God, knowing both good and evil.
Thereby, came the fall of man. Now, to make a much longer story short, God had created a place for the evil one - the angel of light that became the angel of darkness, the Devil. This place God called Hell, and Satan knew of it. Since, Satan was an angle and could not die - God would have to lock him up in a place that he could not escape. Thus, the fiery pit of a place we call Hell. Satan will go to this place when his time comes. The time of judgment, when the war is complete and sin and death is defeated once and for all.
Adam believed Satan, and did not believe God. So, according to the Law of God, Adam, who God had given possession of the Earth for as long as he would love Him - obey Him - knew that he was turning over to Satan, dominion of the Earth, legally. But perhaps he didn't know that Satan also took control - ownership - of everything that was on the Earth as well, including God's beloved. Thus, the fall of man. The lost cord, as some have called it.
Now God, could have just shrugged it off and said, oh well, I guess mankind does not love Me, maybe I will go and create another Earth and another mankind - or not. But God so loved mankind, He sought a way to win him back to Himself and back to everlasting life with Him.
But, oh, the dilemma. God being God, had to be perfect, or He would not be God, so He had to find a way to do it legally, so that Satan could not claim that He did not have a right to take back His creation. So, God found a way.
Now according to God's perfect law - the law of separation from mankind's source of immortality, Adam must die. Adam was doomed to not only die, but to follow Satan - as he had willfully chosen to do. That meant, according to God's perfect law, he would therefore, follow Satan into the doom that God had set up for the devil and his angels - Hell.
God could not allow that to happen. He loved mankind too much to allow that to be his hopeless fate. So, God found a way. Since now sin and death has entered into the world by the fall of Adam, all the generations that came after Adam, by his now corrupt seed, would be born into the world corrupt. (That is why Christians are taught that we are born sinful, not good as the world, by large, believes.) And since all are born corrupt, by the corruptible seed of Adam, we - none of us - can save mankind because each of us must pay the price for the sin that we have committed by the corruption that was born in us.
So God had to bring Mercy to mankind by an incorruptible seed. He sent his own Son, called Mercy (that is what I call him, for better understanding) to save us. We call him Jesus. You see, because of one man's sin (Adam), all have fallen into sin and death, so by only one man, God could redeem mankind, legally, as long as that man was perfectly without sin. We call him the Second Adam - Jesus.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world (to hell) but that through him, the world might be saved. John 3:17 (How it must grieve Him so, to hear us blame him for Hell, when He so wishes to save us from it, and has gone to such painful depths to make a way of escape.)
So God does not "send" anyone to Hell in the sense that non-believers seem to think, or in the sense that some unthinking Christians may have told them. Man, by natural law, is already bound for Hell automatically, because of what Satan did to the first man, Adam.
Yes, God is Love - he is indeed, All Loving, and He proved it and continues to prove it by His Justice and his Mercy (for there is no love without these things) and by sending His own Son to suffer death - He who knew no sin - to die for you and me. Jesus did come and He did die and He did win our freedom from sin and death unto immortality, the everlasting life that we were originally suppose to have. We know He did because Jesus, having defeated Satan and death, which is the eternal separation from God, rose on the third day and He is risen.
And so shall we be also. We too, will live forever in Heaven. That is, those of us who simply believe that Jesus is who He said He is, and has done for us what He claims He has done, and accept that gift into our heart. He made it simple. But, of course, it takes faith.
This is what the Bible tells us Christians. I wish I could have said it more plainly, but believe me I did say it short. John 3:16 and 17 says all that is really needed to be said, but somehow, it just doesn't seem to be enough these days.
So now you know why we Christians believe what we do. Now maybe you understand why it is sometimes difficult for us to understand why so many people kick against it and seem to even hate it. To us, it is beautiful, wonderful and so very marvelous. How could we not want this for all to share?