Are You a Good Person?

Do you consider yourself a good person?

Most people do, and most people believe this will allow them to enter Heaven. Let me ask you five questions.

Have you ever told a lie… even a white lie? By God and human standards this would make you a liar. All liars will have their part in the lake of fire.

Have you ever stolen anything at any time in your life? What is the word we describe for this type of person – a thief. Thieves shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Have you ever used God’s, who is holy, name as a curse word?

Have you ever committed adultery? Jesus said whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart.

Have you ever been extremely angry with someone? Jesus warned that if we get angry without cause we are in danger of judgment. If we hate our brother, God calls us a murderer. We can violate God’s Law by attitude and intent.

Who of us can say we are not guilty of breaking these Commandments? And that is just five of the ten. All of us have sinned, and just as with civil law, you don’t have to break ten laws to be a lawbreaker, so the Bible warns, “For whoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)

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Human Standards A little girl was once watching a sheep eat grass and thought how white it looked against the green background. But when it began to snow she thought, “That sheep now looks dirty against the white snow!” It was the same sheep, but with a different background.

When we compare ourselves to man’s standard we look pretty clean, but when we compare ourselves to the pure snow-white righteousness of God’s standard-His Law, we can see ourselves in truth, that we are unclean in His sight. That Law is the holy standard by which humanity will be judged on Judgment Day.

God is Perfect and Holy Perfect in love, justice, righteousness, holiness, truth, mercy, wisdom and power. He is the perfect judge. Sin has no place before Him; it is not possible. This may sound strange, but the worst thing you could do at this point of time is to try and clean up your lifestyle—you realize that you have sinned, so from now on you will keep the Ten Commandments, do good deeds, say the right things and think only pure thoughts. But should a judge let a murderer go because he says he will now live a good life? No, he’s in debt to justice and therefore must be punished.

The Law of God is merely like a mirror—all the mirror does is show the truth. If you see dirt on your face, you don’t try and wash yourself with the mirror, its purpose should be to send you to water for cleansing. Neither should you try and wash yourself with the mirror of God’s Law…that’s not its purpose.

The sight in the mirror is not a pretty one, but if you don’t face it and acknowledge that you are unclean, then all that “dirt” will be presented on Judgment Day as evidence of your guilt, and then it will be too late to be cleansed.

God is good, He won’t judge me! Perhaps you think that God is good and will therefore overlook your sins. But if you were guilty of terrible crimes in a government court and said to the judge, “Judge, I am guilty, but I believe that you are a good man and will therefore overlook my crimes,” the judge would probably respond by saying, “You are right about one thing — I am a good man, and it’s because of my goodness that I am going to see that justice is done, that you are punished for your crimes.”

The very thing that many are hoping will save them on Judgment Day, God’s goodness, will be the very thing that will condemn them. If God is good, He should punish murderers, liars, thieves, adulterers, etc., and Hell will be their dreadful fate.

Stephen John Spivey

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