A lot of atheists scoff at the idea of the 10 Commandments. They say things like, “What? No one knew those things were wrong before God wrote it down for them?”
For years I struggled to understand the verse in Romans 5:20 - “The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”
If you read through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 - 7) you find several impossible standards being set out for us.
. Don’t be angry.
. Don’t lust.
. Honour others more than ourselves.
. Love your enemies
. Forgive those who harm you every time
Jesus is laying out in no uncertain terms just how far we fall from God’s standards and expectations for us. Because of this, Paul was able to write, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Now, many are tempted to look at the Sermon on the Mount, find it impossible and toss it aside.
Don’t! Ok? Please don’t do that. What happens when you toss aside God’s impossible standard is that you cause yourself to miss out on the opportunity to enjoy His incredible grace and mercy.
Only when we are forced to see our impossible situation can we become aware of our need for His grace. God is offering to do for us, what we cannot do for ourselves.
In Romans 5:20, Paul is saying, the more we become aware of how sinful we are (that’s what the law, the 10 Commandments are for) the more we can see that
. We need God’s mercy, grace and salvation
. We can HAVE God’s mercy, grace and salvation
All of us have sinned - All of us are guilty - All of us can be forgiven.
That is good new folks.
As the sign at the top of my blog says, “No one is so good that forgiveness isn’t required. No one is so evil that forgiveness isn’t offered.
Atheists are terribly offended by the very idea of forgiveness. Atheists, like the rest of us are Pharisees by nature; judging others of guilt while viewing ourselves as good. In fact, atheists have made a creed out of it: “I don’t need God in order to be a good person.” Mmm, hmm.
Is this how you view yourself? As being so good that you don’t need God? If so,
Be Afraid. Be very afraid!
It is only those whom God is seeking whose eyes He opens to their need for forgiveness. And when God does that for you, when God opens your eyes to your true nature, be glad.
. No matter how bad you have been and perhaps are, God’s grace is bigger.
. No matter how bad you have been and perhaps are, forgiveness is being offered to you.
Because of God’s mercy and grace, you no longer have to pretend. You can be real. You can admit to being in need of help. Reach out and take that help. If you do, a life so good you never dreamed it’s possible will open up to you. Good luck on your journey.