No, Not One…
When addiction (sin) runs your life you see others as living life with the same addiction (sin). If one is drinking all the time and the goal is to kill the pain, when others are drinking that is the how their drinking is seen. They must be drinking to kill the pain as well. It is only after the cloud is erased, permanently, that others drinking is seen in the true light of what it is – normal, having a couple of cocktails in a social setting, possibly having too many on a very rare occasion but not the perceived addictive lifestyle.
When our lives are filled with people following Christ we see people that are living a life “free from sin”. We know that’s not true, but what we see and what they are are usually two different things. Just like the alcoholic seeing everyone around them as an alcoholic, the person we perceive as being free from sin is anything but.
What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
As it is written:
There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
Destruction and misery are in their ways;
And the way of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” ~Romans 3:9-18 NKJB
It all begins in our mind, moves into our heart and then manifest in our hands. If our tongue jumps into the stream between our mind and our heart – this usually spells trouble on a whole other level.
Either the Gospel is divine inspiration, the Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.