August 28, 2014
Almost everything in our secular world has a level of performance that is judged to be good enough to obtain a benefit from that action.
For example, under our criminal justice system a person’s intent is often considered when making a judgment about whether they are guilty of a crime, or of the punishment for a crime that is committed. A person who accidentally bumps into someone and knocks them down is judged differently than someone who intentionally pushes somebody to the ground in order to intimidate them. A person’s intent is considered in making this judgment.
Our education system is built on a grade point system. A student can pass a course by getting at least a 2.0 grade point in the class. The person who scores a 2.0 may not have tried very hard when they studied, but they were just good enough to pass the course. They get to pass the course and move on to the next level, as opposed to someone who received only a 1.9 grade point in the class.
The religious world has the same type of grading system for a person’s intent. Almost all of the world’s religions have what is called the scales of good and bad. A person is deemed to be good enough for the god of that religion, if the number of what the religion calls good actions outweigh the number of bad actions.
The person’s entrance into heaven often depends on that scale of good and bad. So a person lives their lives with this mental scale in their minds. They know that they are not going to be good all of the time, but if they can only be good enough to tip the scale toward the good side, then they will be determined to have been good enough for god.
True, Biblical, Christianity is the only religion that says that man can never be good enough for God. Best intent does not matter. The fact that you have a well documented religion, full of rituals, and rules, and procedures intended to show your intent is to be a good person, is meaningless to God.
In the area of criminal law, the term illegal per se means that the act is inherently illegal. Therefore, an act is illegal without extrinsic proof of any surrounding circumstances such as a lack of knowledge or other defenses. It doesn't matter what your intent was, it doesn’t matter that you have more good than bad on your record, if you are guilty of a crime that is illegal per se, you will be judged accordingly.
This is the standard that God has set for man’s righteousness when he stands before a Holy God on that judgment day. The fact that you have committed any sin, regardless of intent, regardless of how many other so-called good things that you may have done, you are guilty of sin and cannot be judged righteous before God.
No one can pass this bar. No one can live a life without committing a sin. Therefore, God tells us in our lesson today that there is none that are righteous, no, not one. We all need a Savior. We all need to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Master. All of us, every single person who has ever lived, or will ever live, needs the blood of Jesus to make them righteous before God.
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