Many of my less enthusiastic readers (and probably most suburban churches) may wonder why someone like me bothers to write articles and make videos attacking the Deep Time/Evolutionary religion. The answer is the Gospel. The Gospel is the good news which defines Christianity. People use Evolution to separate people from the gospel, so I attack Evolution to bring people to Jesus. Think about it this way- why do fire fighters kick down a perfectly good door? To get people out of a burning building. I’m just kicking down some doors, and for very much the same reasons.
In part 1 of this series I explained the bad news- we are sinners. A lifetime of good deeds doesn’t cover a single murder under the laws of man, and likewise a lifetime of good deeds doesn’t cover the many sins we commit over a lifetime against almighty God.
The Bible offers another metaphor which makes more sense of this. Instead of showing us our sins as our crimes or our debts, it refers to the unforgiven sinner as being spiritually dead- dead in our sins or trespasses.
Ephesians 2: 4-5, 8-9 puts it this way:
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— .. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Many people optimistically think that on a scale of 1-10, they rate a 7 for goodness, and they think most other people probably do too. Isn’t MOSTLY good- good enough for heaven? Imagine a zombie who is still fairly fresh. Isn’t a MOSTLY undecomposed walking dead pretty much the same as a living person? This zombie isn’t NEARLY as decomposed as THAT one. Doesn’t that mean this one ought to be accepted as just another living person? I don’t watch zombie shows or movies, but even I know enough to know better. Dead is dead, even if it still has more pink than stink.
Imagine you went to your doctor asking for help and he said, “On a scale of 1 to 10, you’re around 7 healthy. That’s good enough. You only have one or two terminal diseases, but think about all of the terminal diseases you DON’T have.” Would you be content with that? Do you wish to be MOSTLY healthy, or COMPLETELY healthy? When the Bible says “Be holy just as God is holy” (Matt 5:48 and 1Peter 1:15), it means we ought to reject ANY sickness of spirit and heart just as we would reject any sickness of body or mind. Sin is a disease which leads to eternal death.
If you are picking a university, would you want one where the teachers told the truth 80% of the time and taught you 20% lies? Or would you insist that you have teachers who taught you NO lies at all?
Would you want a spouse who was faithful to you MOST of the time, or ALL of the time?
Do you want a taco which has only a LITTLE rat poop in it, or absolutely NO rat poop in it?
This is how God views sin- it is death, it is infidelity, it is lies. It is not acceptable in ANY amount. Sin is death.
Romans 6:23 puts it this way:
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The bad news is that you have sinned- we ALL have. God is good, and so he must judge sin, and he must punish sin as sin deserves. Sin earns you death, and heaven is locked to zombies. God leaves them in their graves forever. That is the bad news. But there is good news.
Next time we’ll dive into the good news. For a sneak preview, check out John 3:16, and remember, #JesusLovesYou