You are a sinner!

Until a person understands that he or she is a sinner who deserves death at the hands of God, they would never appreciate what Jesus did for them 2000 years ago. Some of the reasons people reject Jesus and what He did for them is because they think Jesus’ crucifixion is irrelevant for them as they are good people and they would be able to prove their goodness when required by God. On the other hand the bible says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Who is all? All is everybody including me, you, presidents, kings, models, children, superstars, music icons, etc. One of the most shocking discoveries of my life was to see that children are as evil as old people, but they don’t have the means to do evil as old people would. That is why the bible says people are sinful from birth (Psalm 51:5). Whether you believe in the existence of God or not, it doesn’t change the fact that in God’s eyes you are sinner and He doesn’t like sinners very much, especially if they are dead.

How do you know if you are sinner or not? God set a standard that every human being should use to determine if they are sinners or not. That standard is summarised in what we know as 10 commandments found in Exodus 20:3-17. Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron do a ‘10 commandments test’ on their show (Way of the Master), so let’s use it to examine ourselves through this standard and see if we are sinners or not as the bible claims:

1. You shall have no other gods before me.

Have you always put God first in your life? Jesus said to love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength – so much that your love for your parents, brothers and sisters, friends and even your own life is like hatred compared to your love and devotion for God. Have you ever failed to put Him first in your life?

Let’s face it; some of you are even atheists so of course this standard is too high for you. As for me, I love my wife, kids and relatives more. So we are sinners afterall!

2. You shall not make for yourself an idol………..

Who is God to you? Is he only a God of love and mercy who would never judge anyone and never cast anyone to hell? If that’s your god then you are right. Your god couldn’t cast anyone into hell because he doesn’t exist. He’s a figment of your imagination. You’ve created a God in your own mind that you’re more comfortable with. You many call it your ‘personal belief’, but God calls it idolatry. It’s the oldest sin in the book, and the bible warns that idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.

Ooops, I love sports so much, does it mean I have sports as my idol? Unfortunately yes.

3. You shall not take the name of God in vain.

Have you ever used God’s name as a curse word? If you have, you have taken the holy name of God – who gave you your life, your family, and everything precious to you – and used it as a filthy, four-letter word. Hitler’s name wasn’t even despised enough to be used as a curse word. If you have used God’s holy name in that manner, you are a blasphemer and the bible says “God will not hold him guiltless who takes the name of God in vain”.

Most of us are already 3-0 down and it’s 7 to go.

4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

God commands that we set aside one day in seven. Have you ever been guilty of breaking this commandment?

5. Honour your father and your mother

Have you ever honoured you father and mother in a way that’s pleasing in the sight of God? Ask Him to remind you of the sins of your youth. You may have forgotten them but God hasn’t.

I was young and stupid. Yeah right.

6. You shall not murder

This is your chance to score 1 point out of 6, let’s go.

Jesus warned “whoever is angry with his brother without cause, is in danger of judgement (Matthew 5:22)., and the bible says “he who hates his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3:15). God see hatred in the heart to be as wicked as murder. We can violate His Law by attitude and intention.

I can’t believe you failed to score 1 point.

7. You shall not commit adultery

Jesus warned, “You have heard… ‘you shall not commit adultery’ but I say to you whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Have you ever looked at another person with lust? The bible says that adulterers and fornicators (those who have had sex before marriage) will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

We know you didn’t score a point on this one, so let’s pass it.

8. You shall not steal

Have you ever stolen anything (even if it was something small)? The value of things stolen doesn’t matter; petty theft is still theft. Have you ever taken anything that belonged to someone else (from the office, school, parents, etc)? If you have, that makes you a thief.

9. You shall not lie

Have you ever told a lie? Then you are a liar. How many murders do you have to commit to be a murderer? Just one! If you have told even one lie, that makes you a liar. The bible warns that all liars will have their part in the Lake of Fire (Revelations 21:8). You may not think deceitfulness is a serious sin, but God does.

10. You shall not covet

This means we should never desire anything that belongs to another person. Not their house, nor their car, nor their money, nor their wife, nor their lifestyle, nor anything that belongs to our neighbour.

Who of us can say we are not guilty of breaking these commandments? This is what the bible means when it says “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  Can you see your predicament? You are guilty of sinning against God Himself, and because you have a conscience (con-with, science-knowledge) you have sinned with ‘knowledge’. Isn’t it true that every time you lied, stole, or lusted, etc, you knew it was wrong? Does the fact that you have sinned against God scare you? You have actually angered Him by your sin. The bible says His wrath abides in you, that you are an ‘enemy of God in your mind through wicked works’. Perhaps you think God is good and because of his goodness He will overlook your sins? But if you knew of a human judge who turned a blind eye to the crimes of a guilty rapist, would you describe him as a good judge? No. That would be a corrupt judge. God could never be a corrupt judge. He will punish all rapists, murderers, and thieves. But He won’t stop there. He will also punish all liars, the lustful, adulterers, idolaters, and blasphemers. The place of eternal punishment is hell.

-Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort (some comments mine)

However God doesn’t want to punish you, He wants to forgive you. Through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, God made a way for all your sins to be forgiven. All you need to do is ask God to forgive you, and accept Jesus as your Lord and saviour.

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1 Comment »

  1. Noone said

    The good person test? really?

    Have you ever helped someone? just once? then you’re a helper, a good person! Have you ever told the truth? just once? then you’re a truth teller, a good person!
    Have you ever given something to your neighbor? then you’re a gift giver, a good person!

    See how ridiculous it is to try to define someone but a single action? that’s why your list of sins and sinners convinces no one but yourself.

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