Religion Still Doesn’t Work

Since nearly the beginning, sin has separated man from God and with it has brought sorrow, sickness, and emptiness in the heart of man. Throughout time, man has sought to overcome these troubles in his life and to accomplish it created religious acts or rituals, which were intended to appease God of his wrath or at the least turn away the consequences of sin that he faced.

These acts involved offering to God everything from crops to human sacrifices, the punishment of sinners or the punishment of themselves. Always, the results were unsuccessful. David described it best when he spoke to the Lord concerning his own condition.

For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. (Psalms 38:4)

The load of sin that looms over the head of every man is so great that no religious act could ever remove the effect or its debt.

Several decades ago, a teenaged girl attended a local carnival. When she failed to return home, a search was made and eventually her lifeless body was found. For more than 30 years, law-enforcement searched for the suspected killer: who was eventually found. Should he be held for trial? Of course he should! Regardless of how long ago the event occurred, he should still be held accountable.

But what if he was found living a respectable life? What if he, for the last 20 years, had been doing a great humanitarian work? Should he still be held for trial? Should he still be charged even if he has been so sorry for his crime? The answer is a resounding, Yes! He committed a crime and the penalty for that crime must be paid.

For the last 6,000 years, man has been trying to avoid paying the penalty for his sin. But regardless of what he does, the holy righteous God still requires complete payment for sins committed. The only hope for all men would be for God to determine a way for someone else to pay the debt that man owed. God did and that person was himself. He came to earth as human. Born of a virgin, he live a lonely life and yet did not sin. Throughout his entire life he did not commit one sin. For the remaining three years of his life, he taught and performed miracles to declare who it was and the purpose for his coming to earth. Then as foretold by God, he was rejected by his people, judged by the government and punished on the cross.

However God’s purpose for allowing all this to occur was so that he could place all the sin of humanity upon himself as he hung on the cross. The beatings and torture done to Jesus were extremely grave, but nothing in comparison to the punishment that God, while still yet also in heaven, punished himself as he lived as a human hanging on the cross.

Only until Jesus cried, “It is finished!” was mankind given any hope. When Jesus finished, he was finished paying the wages for our sins – yours and mine.

For those, who continue striving to pay for their own sins or are relying on religious acts to appease God’s wrath for sin will continue to fall short and carry the burden of their sin debt. Those who call upon Christ to bear there sin, will find the relief that they need. No longer is the burden of sin going over their head or too much to bear, the burden has been removed and the payment has been made. None of their sins committed have gone unpunished. Instead of them paying the debt, someone else paid the debt for them.

In America, we have discovered that countless people have been falsely charged, found guilty and sentenced for crimes that they had never committed. Society, unknowing of their wrong, was still satisfied because the penalty of the crime was being paid.  

In your case, Jesus willingly took the charge, allowed himself to be found guilty and then paid your complete payment for sin. So that your salvation could take place when you call out to Jesus and trust that he will save you.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

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The Soul Recall (Luke 12:20)

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Man and his soul was made for fellowship with God. Fellowship with God was possible because man’s soul was sinless. However man fell into sin and because of it fellowship and man’s soul condition had been affected. Through Christ, God has provided a way back to him. Man now has the responsibility to respond back to God’s work and be a proper steward or manager of what God has given to him: that is his soul.

But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: (Luke 12:20)

The term required means “to demand back”. Upon man’s death, his soul will be required or demanded back by God. When the soul returns back to God, if acceptable it will remain with him. However, unacceptable souls will be cast out.

If the soul of man remains the same as it was at his birth, it will be unacceptable to God. The scriptures state that the soul of man that sins shall surely die (Ezekiel 18:20). It dies because the soul had become sinful. Regardless of whatever actions this soul may do throughout life, the soul will still be sinful. Good and mighty works will not change man’s soul nor will they cancel out the effects his sin upon others.

But if this same soul calls out to the savior of the world, his sinful soul will be cleansed: it will be changed from scarlet and crimson to whiteness (Isaiah 1:18). The debt that his soul owes God will be paid. It will be paid with the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9; Hebrews 9:12, 10:14). Jesus’s life and the life of his blood were offered as a substitute for all mankind. When man calls upon this savior, he shall be saved (Romans 10:13) and he becomes a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17). His condition is changed. When God calls back unto himself the soul of this man, it will be found acceptable and pleasing to God. However if man refuses solely to trust the work of Jesus Christ, his soul will continue to remain unacceptable to God and will be rejected when called back. Refused souls will be rejected and sinful debts will determined by a holy God. The great sinful debt upon these souls will be paid in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:15).

Before death, we must be prepared to give an account for the condition of our soul. If it has been redeemed and changed by Christ, our account will be to the praise of Jesus and his wonderful work. But if the soul has not been changed, peril and doom will await souls who stand before God without excuse.

Thanks be to Jesus Christ who has given himself to save us from the wrath to come.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

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