I want to give an example that will clearly relate to the world we live in and will help us understand it better.
“Sam has lived in a cancer ward his entire life. Sam is 19 and has never seen the outside world. All he knows, all he understand, and all he can refer to, is the life within the ward. Everyday people are dying and everyday people are getting more and more sick. Dying is a regular occurrence for Sam. He has never seen anyone cured from cancer. All his friends, all his mentors, and everyone he has built a relationship with is either dying or dead. In his eyes, everyone has cancer and everyone is going to die from cancer including himself.”
The world we live in is sick. No one distinguishes the sickness as abnormal but everyone accepts it as normal because it is all we know. “Everyone is supposed to die, it has always been that way,” says the average Joe. It is time for this world to wake up and stare truth in the face as the reality of this terribly sick world comes into focus. Death, disease, disorders, natural disasters, etc.. are all due to sin. Sin in the Greek means, “missing the mark” but in the Hebrew means, “willful rebellion against God.” Sin is doing what God, the most powerful being not only of the world but of infinite means, commanded us not to do. Every human has morality and every human has broken their morality -C. S. Lewis. Humans are infinite beings with a beginning and with morality, we were never meant to experience death. But for the wages of sin is death – Romans 6:23. Death is the punishment for sin. However even death is not enough to save us. If you sin against a rock, you are not guilty. If you sin against a man, you are guilty. If you sin against a Holy Infinite God, you are eternally guilty and worthy only of eternal damnation.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “for it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” Works definitely cannot save you from damnation. Paul says that you have no position to brag, that salvation is a gift and you did nothing to deserve it. Even your choice does not justify you before him.
Since it is Christmas I can’t help but somehow include Christmas whenever I write. I just love it that much. This Christmas season ask for humility. The only good type of anger and boldness is that that is from God. Jesus himself was humble. I am sure we can emulate this and be humble ourselves. If our savior did it, we should try our best to do it. Live in humility because of the understanding you have in relation to your salvation from yourself.