Take four quick minutes and get an animated overview of my new book, The Story of Reality, with this brand new, bite-size, completely engaging motion graphic. Then forward it to all your friends (I think you’ll see why). Thanks!
[Get a taste of The Story of Reality by downloading a free chapter here.]
00:04 Every religion, every worldview is telling a Story. They're trying to take
00:10 the things we know about the world and fit them together into a big picture.
00:14 These religions can't all be right, of course, because each story is different
00:19 from the others. And most stories religions or philosophies tell simply
00:25 don't make sense of Reality. The pieces of their puzzles just don't fit the real
00:29 world. One story, however, stands out from all the rest. In the Christian Story, all
00:36 the puzzle pieces fit together. Perfectly. And they fit the way the world actually
00:41 is. Perfectly. This is just another way of saying the Story is true. Really true.
00:48 True in the deep sense. True in the way gravity is true. Five words describe the
00:56 plot of the true Story of reality. They tell the most important things that
01:01 happen in the order they take place. God is first in the Story since He's the
01:06 main character. He's the one the Story's all about, the King who rules His Kingdom...
01:11 The Father who loves His children. The world He created was just right, filled
01:17 with goodness and purpose. God made man to share a wonderful friendship with Him.
01:23 We are not gods, of course, but we are like God in a very special way. Deep
01:29 inside each of us is a mark – the very image of God Himself – giving every human
01:35 absolute value, deep worth, and ultimate significance. That's why every single
01:42 human being is beautiful. But there's something else. God created
01:47 us with freedom, which is a good thing. But freedom means there's a choice. If
01:54 choosing good is a possibility, then so is choosing evil. And that's what
01:59 happened. Though humans are still beautiful, we are now also broken because
02:04 we have betrayed our friendship with God. We have rebelled against our King. This
02:09 rebellion plunged man into darkness, despair, slavery, and death. And that would
02:16 have been the tragic end to our Story, if it wasn't for an amazing plot twist...God
02:21 had a rescue plan! He would come to our rescue.
02:26 He entered human history as Jesus. Jesus was God Himself, but He was also a man
02:34 just like us. Unlike us, though, He obeyed the Father in everything, yet He was
02:40 sentenced to death and brutally executed on a cross. Then, three days later, He
02:46 defeated death and decay and came to life again. Why did the innocent One die
02:52 for a crime He didn't commit? He died to pay the Father for crimes we
02:57 committed. He died to make a trade, His innocence for our guilt, His perfect
03:04 life for our broken lives. The decision we make about this trade –
03:09 whether we receive this gift or reject it – will determine what happens to each
03:14 of us at the very end of the Story, at the final resurrection. Those who remain
03:23 in rebellion will be banished from God's presence forever, experiencing only
03:27 loneliness, misery, and ruin. Those who receive the gift of God's mercy will
03:33 live in a wonderful new world with Him, knowing the kind of life our hearts have
03:38 always yearned for. We will be His, and He will be ours – forever. If you're a
03:45 Christian, then this is your story. If you're not a Christian, this is still
03:50 your story. Because this Story is not a myth created by ancient people to give a
03:56 sense of meaning to life. No. The things the Story describes
04:01 actually exist and the events in the story really happened. It's not fiction,
04:07 it's history. It's the true Story. It's the story...of Reality.