~ Most People Are Basically Good ~
Myth ~ Many believe that each person is basically good. Many politicians for example, believe that people will get better if we just send more education or more money their way.
Reality ~ Today, The United States is one of the most educated and richest countries in the world but crime is soaring. How can we explain this paradox?
Scripture ~ “What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one’” (Romans 3:9-12).
“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:21-24).
Consequences ~ “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Solution ~ Jesus Christ came to earth in the form of a human life. He lived a perfect sinless life and then died in our place paying the wages of our sin! But there is more to it than that. In order for God to forgive our sin we must accept the truth about His Son Jesus Christ.
The Son of God said this about Himself, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God” (John 3:14-21).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.
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