If we were to compare ourselves to God, even our best actions and intentions would be like filthy rags. If you were to try and clean yourself with a dirty rag, you would still be filthy. There simply is no way for us to clean ourselves from our own sins/falseness.
It is a disease that affects 100% of the population, from generation to generation. It was contracted by the first man, because of his choice to disobey God, and passed on throughout the generations to today. No one can avoid it and everyone that has ever lived, besides Jesus, has it. The result of this sin will be death. No one can escape it, we will all die.
Pretty grim, I would say.
So, what can we do about this result? NOTHING. Only God CAN do anything and he DID. He provided THE WAY for us, but will not make us take it.
God became human, in the form of Jesus Christ, to take our deserved punishment. He had no choice, if he really loved us and did not want us to perish. This was the only way to clean us, so that we could live forever with him. Only that crystal clear, unsalted water with no pollutants or boundaries, at all, and flawless in every way could clean us and make us worthy to enter Heaven.
Death was not the way prior to sin entering the world. The consequence of Sin is death. Our sins are the symptoms of this incurable disease. Since no-one can clean himself or anyone else of sin, they must be subject to that consequence. It is our debt to pay and we are in BIG trouble. We are not capable of repaying it.
God wants to be in communion with us. He doesn’t want anyone to perish, so to prevent this from happening, he had to pay this debt for us and he did. Whether we choose to be with him or not, he paid it.
Therefore EVERYONE will live forever. Now the question is, will you choose THE WAY he provided, or are you headed in a different direction?
Jesus provided the way, by paying our debt to sin. The only reason for doing such a thing is because he loves us. If we choose to reject him and live by our own filthy desires, then we are choosing death.
Since death has been defeated, we are choosing the only other available option, which is to live forever apart from God. We are choosing to live in Hell, all by ourselves, alone.
My Brother asked me once, why I thought Christianity was the right way and all other religions were wrong?
The reason is that ALL other religions require YOU to do something to save yourself. The Bible teaches that we are NOT ABLE to save ourselves:
Rom 3:22-24 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Only God himself can save us and he did that through the life, death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So if anyone believes or teaches that you can do something to save yourself or that there are many ways to get into Heaven, then they have not understood God’s message and purpose for our lives.
Please don’t be fooled, but read it for yourself. If you take the time to read God’s word, then it will be clear to you that The WAY that he provided, through Jesus Christ The Messiah, is the only way to get to Heaven.
Eph 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.