Thursday, 27 September 2018
The Born Basically Good Error
Even in the beginning, humanity quickly sank into wickedness. Genesis 6:5 (KJV) shows just how bad folks became. "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
The very first human family was dysfunctional. After Cain's offering to God was rejected, he became bitter. Genesis 4:8 (KJV) reports, "And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him."
In fact, we are so corrupted that we can't possibly even know how bad we are. Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV) describes how far gone humanity is. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
Isaiah 64:6 (KJV) shows that we have no hope of saving ourselves from God's wrath. "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."
Even children aren't innocent. Proverbs 22:15 (KJV) states, "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."
Even David, a man after God's own heart, was born under Adam's curse. He admitted in Psalms 51:5 (KJV) that, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me."
Gospel means good news and this is the best news which any sinner can hear. Romans 5:15 (KJV) explains, "But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many."
This is the theme of my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People figure they aren't so bad but even a small sin is an affront to the Almighty. We wouldn't like it if there was a black speck floating in our glass of milk and the waitress said, "It's only a little dirty." Imagine how much more offensive our sin is to a pure and holy God.
On Saturday, I'll post about a secular rock group and their song about Christ's return.