Series 1 – Part 1 of 3
Are we good enough for God?
At the core of Christianity, we have Jesus. The Gospel (meaning Good News) describes the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; and it is good news because while Jesus was dying on the cross, He took upon Himself the price of sinfulness of all of humanity (of all nations, of all tribes, past/present/future) (John 1:29). The price (wages) of sin is death – both physically and spiritually apart from God (Romans 3:23). God is perfectly good and perfectly just (Deu 32:4, Ps 145:8-9), so He gives us the freedom of choice – to choose Him or not choose Him. God did not want us to be robots, but to have sentience and personal autonomy. We as sinful humans can either believe in Jesus to be saved from the wages of sin or choose to run away from Him and do our own things [which, ultimately, only leads to the destruction of ourselves and others (Proverbs 14:12, Matthew 7:13-14)].
So lets back up a bit, why do we have to be sinful, why are we not neutral with God and have the ability, the choice, to live a good life or not to?
It all goes back to the Garden of Eden – the place where God created the first man and first woman – Adam and Eve. They also had sentience and personal autonomy gifted by God, and not only that, before the Fall of Mankind, Adam and Eve had the perfect human relationship with God. They knew God intimately not just on a spiritual level, but physically, emotionally and mentally. Human curiosity and personal autonomy came over them and they decided to believe a deceiving serpent instead of the Creator of everything (who they witnessed create themselves!). When they disobeyed God, they brought upon themselves, the Earth and its creatures, and all humankind after them, the curse of sin – a natural tendency to rebel against God, along with a broken world to live in. A world that now knew sickness, pain, death, and all sorts of evil things.
If a perfect human will eventually cave into curiosity & autonomy and make the wrong decision when handed the keys of the power to make up one’s own mind… wouldn’t it be correct to assume that us, humankind already born in the pit of sin, cannot by themselves get out of our sinfulness and make a superior decision to those (Adam & Eve) that were already on God’s “good side” or at least “neutral side” (before the Fall) when it came to decision-making? I say no.
But some will say: “I am not Adam nor Eve! I am me, I am different, I won’t make the same mistake as they have! I have knowledge of those past events, I think differently than them. If God wiped all sinfulness in my heart, and could make me a clean slate, as Adam and Eve were before the Fall, I would not make that decision!”
I still say no. If God decided tomorrow to reset everyone’s whole-person “righteousness” clock (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually), we as humans still hold the power of choice – to choose to obey God or disobey Him. God has given everyone a conscience, a moral compass to know what is right and wrong, and further, God has given Christ-followers the Holy Spirit to guide their choices towards God and not away from Him. Even still, we have the power of choice. This would logically produce one of three results (without any divine intervention, e.g. God transforming people’s hearts to Him):
- Those who outright disobey and do not choose God – (purposeful sin)
- Those who want to obey God and His ways (or for a certain streak in their lives do obey ALL of God’s ways) but make a bad choice and in doing so, introduce sin into their lives – (accidental sin).
- Those who know God and follow all of His ways, no matter what life choices or circumstances occur (would not exist in humankind)
Number three would not be a possibility for humankind because we are not all-knowing, we can never know all of God’s ways or know God thoroughly enough to make ALL of humanity’s choices God-glorifying. The only entity that could accomplish this would be an equal to God in knowledge and morality thus being from God Himself. Not only that, but having head-knowledge of what is truly right and wrong, does not give one the power or ability to perform to that standard. That entity would have to have both the knowledge of God as well as the power or ability of God to perform an action. This entity would have to be a part of God (whether the Father, Son – Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit). Humanity, or any other created entity not spawning from God Himself, will never be able to achieve the third statement. Angels, who were created to be in God’s presence and are higher beings than humans still have the power of choice and some chose to sin anyway (Lucifer and his demons). For all God’s creatures, there is grace, because none of them have the capacity to know God deeply enough or have the sufficient power to ALWAYS follow Him, otherwise they would be equals to God, and we know that is not true.
The conclusion from both Scripture (God’s Word) and logic states that: No, we are not “good enough” for God.
— To get a more thorough understanding of the concept of sin and its effects on humanity, with Biblical Scripture to back it up, please read God’s Heart and Our Heart (v2) —
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