Tom Gloger as a Sinner

Surprised at the title on this page?  Well, maybe not, but it's true.  Contrary to what I used to think, a sinner is not just "someone who's worse than me."  I'm a sinner too, no matter how good I try to be.  In fact, in God's eyes, we are all sinners.   ( Ecclesiastes 7:20 ) ( 1 John 1:8 )  Read on -- it gets better, trust me. 

The word "sin" covers two meanings:

  1. To do anything God has told us not to do.
  2. To fail to do anything God has told us we must do.
No, you're not off the hook just because you're not hearing His voice in your ears.  He has had it put it in writing.  You can find it written in your own language in that well-known collection of manuscripts called, you guessed it, The Bible

The word that translates into "sin" was also used to describe an arrow that falls short of reaching its target.  We "have all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  ( Romans 3:22-24 )

We might not want to sin, but the fact is we all sin.  The Bible teaches that through Adam, the first human, sin entered this once perfect world, and that sin affects us all. ( Romans 5:12 )

So what do you think God thinks of sin? 

Perhaps you think it is as if God has a big scale, and puts all the good we've done on one side, and all the bad we've done on the other, and if the good outweighs the bad, we're ushered into heaven when we die.

Charles Spurgeon, a well known 19th century Baptist preacher, said a certain man whom he knew at one time was very pious.  Mr. Spurgeon said he thought the man was practically sinless, until one day he said he was, and then Mr. Spurgeon knew he was not.
That's not the way God does things, and it is His way that matters, not our own wishful thinking.  Don't expect to be able to make Him change His mind either.  Ain't going to happen.

Perhaps you think because you don't intentionally make a practice of sin, or because you've given up many of the sinful ways you may have had, you are not now a sinner.  That's the way I thought, but in God's way of doing things, even if we had broken only one law we are just as guilty as if we'd broken all the laws. ( James 2:10-11 )

If you still like the scale idea, try picturing this:  Put all the good you've done on one side, and on the other side, put all the good you could have done.  That's a poor analogy, but it's closer to the truth.  And it's not just you; We all fall short.

The Bad News and the Good News

So you and I are both sinners.  By God's standard, neither of us is good enough to get to heaven.  The fact is, we were all overpowered by sin before we were even born. 

So is there any hope for us?  Yes, there is.  The word "gospel" literally translated means "good news."  The good news is that, even though we are unable to be good enough, God loves us so much He has given us a way to escape the punishment we deserve.  He accomplished this through the death of Jesus, the sinless man, who died in our place.  This is what the expression "Christ died for our sins" means. To find out more about God's Gift for us, [ click here. ]