How Good Are You? by tmaples
February 17, 2007, 4:07 pm
Filed under: Evangelism

After reading all the comments on Kevin’s “controversial” posting about men and women I figured there were enough non-Christians who at least stop by this blog that it would be important to share the gospel.  If you are not a Christian, thank you for checking us out.  Please  take a moment to read through the post below and imagine you and I having a thoughtful conversation about eternal things.  It could be the most important 5 minutes of your life. 

On a scale of 1-10, how good would you say you are?  If you’re like most people, you thought to yourself, “Heck, I’m no Mother Theresa but I’m sure not an Adolf Hitler either…uhh let’s go with a six or seven.”  Not a perfect score but not too shabby either eh?  While running the numbers in your head you may have reminded yourself of all the nice things you’ve done like the money you’ve given, the prayers you’ve said or even the little old ladies you’ve helped across the street.  Maybe you’re really involved in your community and deliver meals on wheels for folks.  Who knows?  Regardless, God approves of you right?


But is this true?  The Bible actually teaches something opposite from this.  The Bible says we are not good (Romans 3:10-18), that everything good about us is as filthy rags, women’s menstrual cycle rags to be exact (Isaiah 64:6), and yet we bring these polluted garments to God as if he should be pleased with us.  The Bible says we can never earn God’s favor (Galatians 2:16). 

“How can this be?” you ask, as if someone just smacked you upside the head with a 2×4.  I agree.  The Bible doesn’t give us a very flattering assessment of ourselves.  But it’s true, none the less.  The problem is the standard you’re using to assess yourself.  You went wrong when you compared yourself with others instead of with the truth which is revealed in Scripture.  You watch the news, see the anchor report about some scumbag murderer or rapist and think to yourself, “At least I’m not as bad as that guy!”  But is that true?  Are you better than “that guy”?  So how do you line up to the Bible?


The Bible commands you never to lie.  Have you ever lied?  Yes you have!  Even if you said no then, like I said, yes you have.  What does that make you?  Most people say “Human,” but that still proves my point.  A “liar” is the correct answer.  The Bible says “You shall not steal.” Have you ever stolen anything regardless of value?  Answer off a test, candy, car, money?  If you’re like me, you probably answered yes.  What would that make us?  Correct answer: a thief ( If you said stealer, shame on you for bad English).   The Bible commands us not to commit adultery.  Well…have you?  No?  Are you sure?  Jesus said that any man that even looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery in his heart (Matthew 5:27).  So…ever lusted?  If you have a pulse and are breathing than be honest, you have.  What does that make you?  Correct answer, an adulterer.  So right now, by your own admission, you’re a lying, thieving, adulterous person…and that’s just 3 out of 10.  If we were honest we could walk through all 10 of the commandments (Exodus 20) and the results would be the same.  We have a serious problem.  We are all born with a sinful heart (Psalm 51:5).  No one had to teach us how to disobey or get angry.  We are totally depraved.  What, you don’t believe me?  Go to a daycare and tell me just where it is that they teach the kids to push each other down, kick, bite and scream at each other.  Where’s the part in the curriculum where they teach the kids to take things that don’t belong to them?  So you see we have a real problem if getting into Heaven is based on our goodness.  We have broken God’s law and we have failed to cherish, enjoy & worship him as we ought and one day we will die and stand before God and give an account of our lives, and he will judge us according to our lives.  How will you answer?  

There is a consequence.  For those who die in there sin, the final consequence (Romans 6:23) is eternal and irreversible (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9).  And before you say “Aw man hell is going to be a big party, Hendrix will be there”(as one guy said to me).  Think again.  The Bible says that hell will be so horrible and painful that there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth” and if those people were honest they would weep and their teeth would gnash after 5 years of Purple Haze let alone eternity.  The closest thing I can think of is when you hurt yourself real bad and all you can do is grit your teeth as you wait for the pain to subside.

There is a solution.  Even though we have failed to love and worship our creator God as we ought, He loved us and sent his only Son, Jesus Christ to live a perfect life when we could never have.  The perfect blameless one who never did anything wrong died a death on a cross.  Jesus experienced a horrible, shameful, excruciating death and it was there on that cross he endured the full wrath of God that we deserved so that we could receive the gift that he deserved, peace and forgiveness. 

There is Hope!  Jesus is alive, he did not remain dead.  He rose from the grave so that we too might rise in newness of life. 

There is a Response!  You must turn from yours sins and trust in Jesus alone.  There is now, as you read this, a fork in your road.  When you leave this blog you will inevitably make a decision and you can’t escape it.  I have given you truth and you have to do something with it.  Jesus beckons you to come and taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 38:4).  Only when you repent and place your trust in all that Jesus is and all that He has done will you be forgiven and accepted by God.

The Cost  Matthew 10:37-39 tells us that when we lose our lives in Christ, only then do we truly find it.  The Christian life is not an easy life.  It will be hard, but Jesus said He will never leave us nor forsake us. 

I beg you, if right now you are experiencing a tug in your heart to respond.  Don’t delay, don’t lay your head on that pillow tonight without reading Psalm 51, and if it expresses what you’re experiencing in your heart than pray to God and ask Him to forgive you and create in you a clean heart.


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Hallelujah!!! You GO you evangelist you!! Excellent!

Comment by Morgan

I think that Mark Cahill’s book “One Heartbeat Away” ties in nicely with this. His other one, “The One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven”, is also great. The first one goes about proving how christianity is true, and the others are a false religion and won’t take you anywhere but hell. It is a great book for apologetics.

I actually mailed a copy of the second one to a friend who is not a believer. He told me he has not finished it yet, but that he was reading it. He has questions that I hope that God will give me the answers to.

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