Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Words of Comfort: Cleansing.

“Why do I need cleansing, exactly? I feel great. I'm a good father, a loving husband, I work hard, I fought for my country, I pay my taxes, generally a good person (or at least I try to be). I don't feel like I need to be cleansed of anything, and I certainly don't think some deity has any right to tell me otherwise, let alone a man who claims to know what that deity wants. You know, you talk so much about Jesus dying to take away the sins of the world, and then with the next breath tell us that we're filthy because some divine Law says so? Give me a break.” Cosmo Vern
You will continue to feel as though you don’t need to be cleansed of anything as long as you measure yourself by your own mortal standard. You are making a terrible mistake in doing this and you do it because you think that God has the same standard as you. But He doesn’t. He is moral perfection and to illustrate this (inadequately) I will use what most will think is an extreme illustration. But it’s not.
A man viciously raped a young girl, slit her throat and burned her body. In court he plead guilty, but added that there were mitigating circumstances. He said in his defense that he felt great, worked hard, paid his taxes, and that he generally was a good person.  The young girl was your precious daughter. You are allowed to cross-examine him. What would you say? Don’t dismiss this as a stupid illustration. Stop for a moment and give it some thought. What would you say to him?
I will leave that answer up to you. Now go to and do the test.
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