Most people would answer this question by saying ‘yes’. Many people will say ‘I never killed anyone’ so I am ok. But did you know that Jesus said that being angry with someone is like murder. He also said that lusting after another person in a sexual way was committing adultery in the heart.
So, you may never have technically killed anyone or had an affair with someone you are not married to, but, you could still be guilty of those sins.
What about taking God’s name in vain? To take God’s name in vain means to use it in any way that does not explain who God really is. It is not holding His name in honor. But you might be thinking, ‘Everybody does that.’ That might be true, but God doesn’t give us the Commandment, then change His mind because people can’t obey it.
Did you know that is the reason why God gave us the Commandments? He gave them to us to help us see that we really are not good enough to go to heaven when we die. When we break a Commandment, the Bible calls it ‘transgressing’. It is another term for ‘sin’. The problem is that sin requires a penalty (before God). Because God is holy, every sin will have to be dealt with. The requirement for sin is ‘death’. Something has to die for sin. It always was that way, and always will be that way.
In the Old Testament days, people had to sacrifice lambs. The lamb had to be killed and offered as a sacrifice before God. God also wants us to be sad about our sins. Not just sad that we got caught doing something wrong, but sad because sin brings dishonor and displeasure to God.
If we die in our sinful state, when we stand before God, He has no choice but to punish us for eternity in hell. That will be unbelievably horrible. But, that is not the end of the story. Or, at least, it doesn’t have to be.
You might be thinking, ‘But I thought God was all-loving and all-forgiving’. Well, that is partly true, and partly not true. You see, the Bible says that ‘God is love’. But it also explains that God is holy. How can a loving God send people to hell? If the story ended there, it would be horrible, but there is hope.
Do you like to hear ‘Good News’? You have just read about the ‘Bad News’. Good News is not Good News unless there is Bad News. The Good News (or Gospel) is this; While we were still sinners, God sent His Son to take the punishment for our sins. Around 2,000 years ago, God sent His Son to live on earth. For about 33 years, Jesus lived a perfect life and never broke a Commandment. Then some really cruel men put Him through a painful death on a cross made of wood (the worst form of punishment in History). The men lied about Jesus and accused Him of things He did not do. God was allowing this to happen because He was going to let Jesus take the punishment for all of our sins. He got punished while we get to go free. For three hours, there was darkness upon the earth. The Bible says that the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity (sins) of us all.
After He was buried, He arose from the dead on the third day! Later on, He ascended into heaven and will come back to earth to judge all the people on the earth, who ever lived or will be alive then.
You must respond to God though. God tells us to ‘repent’ or to turn away from our sins (selfishness) and trust in Jesus as our Savior. It is not enough to just know about these things. The devil knows about them and he will never have his sin washed away.
How do we get a clean heart? The blood of Jesus can cleanse us from ALL sin. Will you trust in Him today? If you have any questions on this, please e-mail me at: RUgood@mail.com