I met an absolutely delightful and charming woman today. Her eyes sparkled as she told me about her teaching career and her accomplishments as a flutist. She learned that I had authored a book and graciously asked me about the process. We engaged in conversation for several minutes. I will see her next week, but she will not know me. She has Alzheimer’s disease, so all memory of our talk will vanish from her mind.
I see a parallel when it comes to God: We also suffer from forgetfulness. Sin has distorted or erased our memory of God. Adam’s rebellion shattered his perfect knowledge of God. His mind had once been filled with thoughts of God, but after he sinned it filled with thoughts of self. Adam’s sin gave him a sort of amnesia about God, a condition I call Godnesia. Sin has cleared our minds of the truth of God, His kingdom and the world to come.
However, One Man, Jesus Christ, did not suffer from Godnesia. He came into the world to help us remember God and all that we had lost. John the Baptist testified, “The One who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what He has seen and heard, but no one accepts His testimony” (John 3:31b, 32).
The cure for Godnesia is to accept the testimony of Jesus Christ. Through faith in Christ our minds are opened to the truth of God’s existence, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we regain the capacity to remember God.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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