An Inconvenient Truth

Truth is not convenient. It is a sword that divides. Truth is not hidden. It’s plain to see. We are all in the same predicament, in our natural state, bent toward pride, vanity and an instinctive rejection of anything that claims to be objectively moral or good. We instinctively reject God and choose relativism and convenience. Our own way.

We are broken. All of us. Right from the Garden as described in Genesis chapter 3 where we read the account of how our first family chose to pursue the seduction of the serpent and self godhood. Thus, we became separated from the perfection of God’s presence and since that moment our nature has been fallen. 

God allows His most beloved creatures to make our own choice of who we will follow. Otherwise, love could not exist. Yet, over and over we continue to take the advice of the serpent and choose to serve ourselves. We separate ourselves into pods of perceived righteousness, but the truth is there is not one of us who is righteous – not even one. That is the only true unity we share. None of us are qualified to claim goodness. From Satanists to Christians to Atheists to Hindus to Catholics to Muslims and so on regardless of the label. We are one in our love of sin. We are broken. We need a savior.

We create mostly turmoil because we follow no objective morality. The only thing man can create of his own accord is evil. One example, of many, is the following: 

Imagine for a moment the passive role we all play in the murder of the most innocent and helpless of our own kind every day. From 1977 to 2005 in the United States alone we allowed more than 4 million children to be brutally murdered before they even had a chance to be born. In the year 2015 the Centers for Disease Control report over 600,000 legal abortions. That is 188 abortions per 1000 live births. Nearly 16% of children conceived were destroyed. In 1984 nearly 27% of unborn children were destroyed. Yet in the Declaration of Independence the first truth we hold to be self-evident as a sacred right is “Life” – even before liberty. 

We are broken.

By comparison, in the ancient land of Canaan, spoken of historically in the Bible, many man-made gods were worshiped including Moloch which required periodic sacrifices of infants. They aborted their children by throwing the little ones into the white hot burning hands of the idol of their man-made god. If any remorse was shown by the parents the sacrifice was invalid and another infant was offered. To drown out the screams of the child they sang and shouted and played musical instruments loudly. 

We might look at this account and think, well thank goodness we have evolved into much more reasonable people today. We’re obviously more awake, aware, loving and compassionate than those awful barbaric people. 

We murder our children in private. We call it a medical procedure and anesthetize one another with lies about choice and hardship. 

Are we really as advanced, compassionate and good as we think we are?

God destroyed the Canaanites, but only after they had been warned for years by the prophets of the day. God’s wrath is total. But He is just, fair, merciful and offers a fair chance for all to come to the truth that is in salvation through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. Before Jesus died on the cross he shouted out an Aramaic phrase whose English equivalent is “IT IS FINISHED”. Meaning, the price has been paid for the sin of all mankind. And His own teaching taught us that His gift of grace is offered to “whosoever believes in Him”. His sacrifice was offered to provide you and me access to His grace and mercy. 

Grace is when we receive that which we do not deserve – the offer of forgiveness for our inevitable immorality. 

Mercy is when we don’t receive that which we do deserve – God’s wrath for the evil we cause and allow. 

Convincing ourselves that we are evolved and that we have advanced from the barbarism of the ancients we teach the virtue of gain and prosperity whatever the cost. Imagining that we can do good deeds to earn salvation and preaching that we have the power within to transcend the self and become one with the universe we still murder our own children on a daily basis – among many other uncontested evils we do continually. 

We are broken. 

We need a Savior. 

Even though we don’t deserve one, still there He is quietly knocking at the door of the hearts of all His children with the offer of forgiveness and eternal life free from suffering and death, and to share that reward in the presence of the one and only transcendent, eternal, personal, necessary and loving creator of time, space and matter. And for some reason which is difficult to for me to understand, He loves us – all of us. 

He is just and fair and has prepared an eternity for every person to choose. One is with Himself and one is called the second death – which is the Lake of Fire. Not choosing is still making a choice and no one will arrive at the second death without having chosen it. God is just.

We have rejected our Father and replaced Him with a golden calf fashioned of our own hands. And we stare at it in pride for our cleverness in creating such a shiny idol. We congratulate ourselves in vain  for becoming our own gods. 

We are broken. ALL of us. We need a Savior. We don’t deserve one.

But Thank God, 

He has given us one! 

That is love. 

That is a being worthy of worship. 

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.

(Romans 3:10-18)
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