Sin separates us from God, His Presence.
Do you fully understand that the 10 Commandments are God’s holy standard, given to reveal to humanity that we just don’t measure up?
Homosexuality, murder, envy, fornication, adultery, lying, gossiping, etc. – separate us. All by God’s standard is sin yet forgivable. What is not … is denying the Holy Spirit, the life of Christ. Life in Christ means … your old self dies and you live a new life that reflects that change (2 Corinthians 5:17). Yes, God loves each and every one of us. The question is, do you love God and accept his free offer of salvation? Tolerance is not love, it’s indifference. Indifference is not love, and God is not indifferent. God is love, but he also hates sin. Sin is what keeps us separated from God.
God is a loving God (John 3:16) but also just, therefore judgment is necessary, there is a final consequence for sin. One day we all will stand before a loving and holy God. Either Christ will be seen in us who redeems and blots out our sin or he will not! So, the question remains … have you been crucified with Christ? Rather than dismiss the most important decision in your life to what you might think is religious garbage or a messed up perception or concept of who God is, I hope you take the time for due diligence.
In light of what happened in Colorado, the rampage of murder, there is no mistake evil exists in the world. Sin is part of our human nature. We can never do enough good deeds to earn God’s forgiveness or entrance into Heaven. In the OT, when the Israelites were caught in an act of ungodliness they paid for their sins on the spot (Romans 6:23). What Christ did by living a perfect life and giving himself to the cross – he put us under the law of grace which enabled us to ask God for forgiveness directly. Accepting Christ’s sacrifice means you are no longer dead in sin.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.” – Galatians 2: 20-21
Recently, I read an article by Billy Graham in which he answered the question, Do you think God judges nations as well as individuals? Below is his answer.
“Yes, God does judge nations as well as individuals—and we ignore His judgment at our peril. The Bible warns that someday “He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth” (Psalm 110:6). In that day, Christ will return in all His glory, and “All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:32). We can barely imagine that dramatic scene—but it is a warning that God’s hand of judgment won’t be held back forever. At the same time, God’s judgment isn’t only in the future. Even now God works behind the scenes, bringing judgment on both men and nations that defy Him and commit evil. And yes, it could happen to us. When we break His moral law, we eventually have to face the consequences, both in this life and the next. The Bible warns, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7). But the Bible tells us something even more important about God’s eternal judgment: We don’t have to fear it, if we know Christ! God loves us, and on the cross His Son took upon Himself the judgment we deserved. Do you know Him? If not, by faith turn to Christ and ask Him to forgive and save you today.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 ~ “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
1 John 1:9 ~ “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness