There are many cultural myths about what God really says and doesn’t say about sin and human nature.
Myth #1 is that most people think they are pretty good. We say,” I'm not a bad person; like most people I’m basically good, I may make some mistakes but I'm not a bad person” The only problem with that is in reality is this is simply not true. Here’s what the Bible says:
"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." 1 John 1:8
If we compare ourselves to other people, we may be tempted to say I'm not really bad because we can always find someone much worse." Other people are not the standard to which we are compared. When we compare ourselves to a holy and a perfect God, we fall so far short.
The evangelist Ray Comfort is known for talking to people on the street and asking them these questions. I just want to ask you some questions right now.
Have ever told a lie? If you have then you are a liar.
Have ever stolen something? Then you are a thief.
Have you ever looked lustfully at somebody? Jesus tells us that if we even look at someone lustfully then it’s as if we have already committed adultery.
That makes you a lying, thieving adulterer. Welcome to the club; we are not good people; we are all sinful at our core. In fact scripture teaches us this, …”There is no one righteous, not even one”. Romans 3:10
We are all sinful in the eyes of God and that is why the One without sin, Jesus Christ, came to give his life for us.
Tomorrow we will look at a second myth about sin.
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