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.

Monday, April 27, 2009

No just one apple

"Now seems an excellent time for a quote from Epicurus: 'Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then He is not omnipotent. Is He able, but not willing? Then He is malevolent. Is He both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is He neither able nor willing? Then why call Him God?'" BathTub

Epicurus seemed to cover every base but the right one. He forgot about something the KJV of the Bible calls "the longsuffering of God." The Scriptures make it clear that God will punish evil, but we have a problem. We don’t see ourselves as being evil--( see Psalm 36:2, Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 16:2, Proverbs 21:2). Do you think you are evil? Of course you don’t. No one does. We think that we are good people, and by (low) human standards many of us are. However, by God’s standards we are evil to the core--and there's not just one bad apple.

Here’s God’s point of view of humanity:

"As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one. Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced 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 they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes" (Romans 3:10-18).

We are warned many times in Scripture that God is going to judge humanity from the standard of moral perfection (see Matthew 5:27-28), and that will put every one of us justly in Hell. Yet, we are told that this same God of perfect Justice is rich in mercy. He is patiently waiting for evil sinners to repent and be forgiven.

So don’t mistake the mercy and patience of God for the thought that He’s impotent or doesn’t care about justice. If you die in your sins there won’t be a second chance. Come to your senses, repent and trust the Savior today. You will have eternity to thank God that you did.