Friday, August 20, 2010

All Men Are Guilty - The Christian Worldview


All men are guilty before God. Ever since Adam sinned, humanity has had one consistent problem— the problem of sin. Sin is universal. No human society has ever escaped its grasp. No government, Christian or secular, has ever brought their society into a state of perfection. Not even the most moral civilizations in history have ever produced a single man deserving of God’s love.

Even a quick examination of Scripture will reveal that men are constant offenders of the Most High God. All men have sinned. All men have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Solomon states in Ecclesiastes 7:20 that there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and never sins. The evidence of the validity of these statements can be found on every page of human history (see How Bad Is Sin?).

God’s standard is perfection. From the book of James it is clear that whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law (James 2:10-11). In the same way, if you do not commit theft, but you fail to love the Lord with all your heart, you have become a transgressor of the law. If you are a human being, you are guilty before God. And without the blood of Jesus Christ, your guilt and your sin will remain. You can try to do good things and earn your way to heaven, but Scripture is clear: by the works of the law no one will be declared right before God (Romans 3:20).

Related Posts:
How Bad Is Sin? (Part 1) - The Christian Worldview
The Fall: No Repentance - The Christian Worldview
Why Is Sin Unavoidable? (Part 1) - The Christian Worldview
The Fall: Humanity Cursed - The Christian Worldview
The Blowing Chaff - Psalm 1:4

2 comments:

  1. >No government, Christian or secular, has ever brought their society into a state of perfection.

    "Jesus said, 'My kingdom is not of this world'" (John 18:36) is a related quote; I know it's referring to the kingdom of God but since we should strive to follow in Jesus' example and since Jesus was not to bring a political government, there shouldn't be a government that is entirely Christian.

    What "Christian government" are you referring to? The first thing that comes to mind are the Roman Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and don't mention the US since, although the society without a doubt has a Christian majority, the government itself is secular. An example of when this happened in the past includes Napoleon's 1801 Concordat, which stated that France consisted of a Catholic majority but that the government would remain indifferent to religion, that is, secular.

    >It also must be noted that God’s standard is perfection.

    The creation according to Genesis wasn't very perfect, otherwise God would have allowed Adam and Eve to have free will (the power of acting without the constraint of necessity or fate) without the temptation of sin right in front of them risking the lives of billions of innocent humans that were to come after them.

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  2. I was not referring to any specific Christian Theocracy, I was simply referring to the fact that no Christian Theocracy or any other type of government has ever succeeded in producing morally perfect people. I would certainly not call the US today a Christian country, though it certainly had strong Christian roots with the Puritans and such. However, that's not to say that all the Founding Father were Christian. Jefferson certainly wasn't in that he wrote his own version of the four gospels and removed all the miracles.

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    God knew before He created the universe that Adam and Eve would sin, and thereby the fall of man would occur. God has mercy on whom He wills and He hardens whom He wills (Romans 9:18). He is the molder and we are the ones being molded. And while God tempts no man and it completely separate from sin, His sovereign and predetermined plan includes both sin and death, but also the cross and redemption. Scripture always places the blame for sin at man's feet, God in no way can be blamed, me go to hell because they hate God and refuse to repent. God has created everything for it's purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil (Proverbs 16:4).

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