In modern times we have done our best to construct a society that can tick along nicely on its own terms, without any great need to think of God at all, never mind think of God in terms of redemption. And we are encouraged to construct our own lives on the same pattern. The Bible offers a contrasting picture of our human life – one that recognises our vulnerability and brokenness but that promises God’s redemptive action to put things right. It is up to us to decide which picture rings true.