A history lesson – The bad news.
If one is not saved, one is not the good person one thinks one is despite one’s upbringing, church attendance, choice in trying to improve oneself, that is, to be a better person, keeping the 10 commandments, donating to charity or even repenting of one’s sins….. all are totally pointless.
One’s own righteousness counts for nothing and therefore cannot absolve one of one’s sins.
Human nature did not and to date, still has not changed since the fall of Man in the Garden of Eden. Technology has advanced considerably, yes, and the manner in which certain things are done has definitely changed…… but Man’s nature remains the same, it has not improved, and the things Man does might not be done in secret anymore, or behind closed doors as in times past, but the difference now is that he is losing all inhibition when it comes to maintaining the norms of what is considered an outdated or outmoded society, or way of life.
Not even religion can fix Man’s fallen nature… and self- improvement training does not begin to skim the heart of Man….. make any person angry and his/her true colours show, that is, the true nature of “the beast” is revealed.
This is the litmus test which should make one uncomfortable and realise one is not worth the gunpowder that can blow one straight into hell:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
© Audrey Henry – 30 July 2018