Hover over Romans 1:20-22 for proof of God's existence, and over Matthew 5:27-28 for Judgment Day’s perfect standard. Then hover over John 3:16-18 for what God did, and over Acts 17:30-31 for what to do.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Caught in a Lie

I have asked thousands of people if they think that they are a good person. That question is the essence of “The Way of the Master” teaching. Mankind is self-righteous, and as long as we think that we are virtuous, we will never see our need of God’s mercy. If we refuse His mercy, we will get His fearful justice.

The Bible says that most of us will say that we are good: “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness…” (Proverbs 20:6). It is so true. Around nine out of every ten people I ask, will say that they are morally good. We proclaim our own goodness, but do we believe that we are good? I don’t think so. I may be wrong, but I think that each of us knows (via the conscience) that we have sinful hearts. But we paint ourselves as being virtuous. This was the case of the wife of a New York police officer who appeared on an episode of Fox's "The Moment of Truth." On the show, contestants were hooked up to polygraphs and were eliminated if a lie is detected. The woman’s alarm sounded after she answered "yes" when asked if she believed she is a good person. She was eliminated from the show. It was no big deal. She only missed out on $500,000. That's nothing, compared to the multitudes who will be eliminated from Heaven because of self-righteousness, and end up in Hell. That’s a big deal.