No I Am Not
When facing a judge in court, no amount of good deeds can take away the crimes committed. Imagine for a second how you would feel if a judge allowed a murderer to go free because he felt his “good deeds” outweighed the one murder he committed? I know I would be outraged and would want this corrupt judge to be thrown out. Yet that’s exactly what a lot of people assume God is going to do. That the Judge of the universe will see their “good deeds” and let them go. But if a human judge is corrupt for such actions, how much more corrupt would God be?
No, facing God on judgement day will be worse because He will judge not just our deeds, but our thoughts and words as well, because He knows the intentions of our hearts! And deep down we know this because we all seek for justice to be done, for wrongs to be righted. We all have a God given moral conscience.
It’s through our conscience that we come to the realization that we have broken God’s laws. Every time we lie, steal, or use God’s name as a curse word, we are guilty. In fact James 2:10 says that even breaking God’s law once makes us law breakers, which is no different than our own legal systems- you do the crime, you do the time!
That leaves us with two options when we face God on judgment day. We can pay for the crimes ourselves, which means going to hell- God’s jail- or someone else will have to pay our fine for us. This is where we see just how good the good news of the Gospel really is!
2000 years ago, Jesus came to this earth, born of a virgin, and lived a morally perfect life. He is God the Father’s only Son and, even though He did nothing wrong, He was sentenced to death on a cross. He did what no one could ever do, He never sinned, and yet, He still took on the punishment He didn’t deserve. He died, was buried, but on the third day, He rose from the grave, defeating death and hell! On that cross, he not only suffered and died, but He also took upon Himself the sins of the entire world.
What this means is that, legally, our sins have been payed for! We can be cleared from the crimes we have committed and made right with God! There are only two things that you must do in order for this to happen.
- You must repent. This means that you have to see that you are guilty of sinning, turn away from those sins, and turn to God. Think of it like this: you’re walking down the street, the same street you’ve always walked, and someone tells you you’re going the wrong way. He tells you if you continue to go that way you will end up dying because there is a lion roaming around. So you turn from the path you’ve always been on, and go the opposite direction. That is repentance.
- You must place your trust, your faith, in Jesus and what He’s done for you on the cross. You must trust Him in the same way you would trust a parachute when falling to the ground.
If you do this, you have God’s promise that He will save you! Everyday over 155,000 people day in this world. This is a very important decision and you never know if today will be the day you breath your last breathe, so don’t wait!
Pray to God, admit to Him that you are a sinner, that you’ve broken His laws. Ask Him for forgiveness and to help you turn away from your sins. Starting with the book of John, begin to read His Word. If you don’t have a Bible, you can read it here: Bible Gateway.
You can always leave a comment below if you have any questions. The links to the right are for websites that can help you grow in your faith or simply answer some questions you may have. I would suggest you find a Christian friend and a local Church. They can help you grow in your new faith.