Why do I need HIM?

 

God is perfectly just and, because of His just nature, he has appointed a day when He will judge all mankind in righteousness. “All mankind” includes YOU! Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen anything (regardless of the value of the thing you’ve stolen)? Have you every used God’s name to express anger, surprise, or disgust? Have you ever had sexual thoughts about someone other than your spouse? If you’re not married, have you ever had sexual thoughts about anyone? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you are a self-admitted lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer! When God judges you on the day He has appointed (and it could be years from now or only moments away), the just Judge will find you guilty.

You may argue that your crimes aren’t as bad as the crimes of others and, therefore, your punishment should be less severe. The problem for you is that God really is a just judge, not a lenient school teacher; He doesn’t judge on a curve. ALL liars, not just the worst of liars, will have their part in the lake of fire. NO thief and NONE of the sexually immoral will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. Moreover, God specifically tells us that NO ONE who has ever used His name as a curse will be found blameless.

You may think that a heartfelt request for forgiveness will save you. You will be wrong. A truly just judge can’t simply forgive a criminal. Imagine this: A thief has stolen your life’s savings leaving you and your family penniless, homeless, and living on the streets in bitter poverty. On the day this thief is to be sentenced for his crime, you wait in the courtroom to hear this criminal receive a suitably harsh punishment. The thief begs the judge to consider that he is truly sorry for stealing your life’s savings (though he can’t give it back). The thief promises he’ll never steal from anyone ever again. He points out to the judge that he’s done a lot of good since stealing your life’s savings; he founded an orphanage, fed the poor, etc. The judge then pronounces the sentence: “Based on your request for forgiveness and your good works, all is forgiven! You may go free.” If you’re honest, you have to admit that you would be outraged at such a judgment. That is not justice. That is a travesty of justice.

Unlike the unjust judge described above, God will never let sin go unpunished.  On the contrary, He tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. In other words, an exceedingly high price must be paid before there can be forgiveness of sins and you aren’t even close to being able to pay that price. In fact, God clearly tells us that the best any of us have to offer Him is no better than filthy rags in His eyes.

Why do YOU need Him? Because only God can make the payment for your sins so that you can be forgiven. Without Him, you can only look forward to perfect justice and eternal punishment.

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