Do you consider yourself a good person?
Yes! A Resounding YES!!!…BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE?
The realization of the depravity of the human heart cannot be realized until one fully understands the nature therein. Secular humanism suggests that a person is generally good; and overtime, progresses to an evil state. Even some of modern American “Christian” churches have conceded to appeal to the “itching ear” and have allowed a form of this doctrine to overshadow the truth of the Jesus Christ and the redeeming power of His death, burial, and resurrection. The above question motivates the heart of one that is desperate to walk this life with a hope of eternal peace in heaven. What may occur in one’s mind is the deceptive ritual of “self actualization”. Unfortunately the dominance of our true humanity rears it’s ugly head and once again, he is back to the question: “What is this life really about”.
The progression of sin and evil is headlined in mainstream media every day. It is obvious that the humanists are wrong. Man, in the state of (un)redeemed depravity cannot be “good”. We are evil. We start out this way and remain. For those that think that you are good, here’s the checklist:
1. ‘You shall have no other gods before me.
2. ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 10 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
3. “‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
4. “Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.
5. ‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
6 You shall not murder.
7 You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’
This above standard of perfection cannot be attained by any mortal, but the Gospel of Grace teaches us that there is a way out.