Do you ever think about life after death?
Do you consider yourself to be a pretty good person?
Do you think that you have kept the Ten Commandments?
Most of us will answer yes to these three questions.
We all have to face death. That is a fact of life. We wonder what will be on the other side.
Is this life all there is?
When we die do we just cease to exist?
Not knowing what is going to happen after we die can make death a scary thought. When we consider the possibility that there is more to come in the great beyond we start wondering how do we prepare ourselves for that. If we try really hard to be a good person will that help us have a peaceful existence after death?
We all think we're a pretty good person. But in reality we have a very selective memory. Consciously or unconsciously we only remember what we want to remember. The rest is hidden away in the deep recesses of our minds never to be remembered again. And even when we do remember some of the awful things we've done or said or thought we quickly dismiss those thoughts, after all, we're really not that bad are we?
To see ourselves in God's eyes we need to see how we measure up to His standards. God gave us the Ten Commandments to show us our real selves and our need for Him. Answer these ten questions below and see how YOU measure up.
How are you measuring up so far? If you've been honest you've answered yes to all three. That makes you a lying, thieving, blasphemer! But wait! There's more!
So far, if you've been honest with yourself, you are a lying, thieving, blaspheming, adultering, murderer. And that's only five commandments!
The Bible says if we even break ONE Commandment even ONE time we are guilty of ALL of them! James 2:10 says "For whosoever shall keep the whole law and yet offend in one point (break ONE) he is guilty of ALL .
Think about this:
When you do something wrong you know it, right? You get that little feeling way down in your gut that says this is something you shouldn't be doing, thinking or saying. Sometimes you listen to that gut feeling and sometimes you ignore it. That is the 'light' God has given every man. We call it our conscience (con + science). It means 'with knowledge'. Whenever we sin we do it 'with knowledge' that what we're doing is wrong. God puts that in each and every man. We all know when we've done wrong. We all know we shouldn't murder our fellow man or steal from him or that lying is wrong. Who can trust a liar? All of mankind is without excuse. No one will be able to stand before God on judgment day and say they didn't know they were doing wrong. We are ALL GUILTY.
We all deserve HELL.
Can we cover up our sin? Some think by doing good deeds we can cover up our bad deeds, kind of like balancing the scale.
If a person murders someone and then spends the rest of their life helping the poor, giving to charities, doing all kinds of good deeds will that cover up the murder or make it go away? NO! The murder was committed and nothing they do can change that.
If a person has sex outside of marriage just one time and then regrets it so decides they will never have sex again the rest of their lives to atone for what they did will that then turn them back into a virgin? NO! The deed has been done and nothing they do can reverse that.
We can not cover up our sins and make ourselves ready for Heaven by doing good deeds.
The fact is God did not make the Ten Commandments as a way for us to get to Heaven. He made them to show us our sin. God is Holy and can't have sin around Him so we can't go to Heaven in our sinful condition.
Yet God WANTS us to be in Heaven with Him. He created us to spend eternity with him. So how are we going to get to Heaven when we are so full of sin?