Essential Doctrines part 4 Man sinner

To be a Christian a person must believe that all men are sinners and God will judge each individual for their sins.The Bible says the following about sin:

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Romans 5:12 “Therefore, just as through one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.”

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hebrews 9:27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,

Romans 3:23 clearly teaches we are all sinners; every person who has ever lived has broken God’s laws.  Romans 5:12 teaches the sin of Adam was passed down from him to us; no escapes the sin of Adam (original sin).Therefore, children are born with a sin nature (flesh) because of the sin of Adam.All sin will be judged.What will be the judgment?

When Paul writes “death through sin” he is speaking of spiritual death; eternal separation from God for all eternity when we die.Romans 6:23 says what we earn from sin is death (spiritual death) and the result will be eternity in hell.Hebrews 9:27 emphasizes after death comes judgment and the news is not good; we will endure torment for all eternity.Every human who has ever lived is in trouble; we have got to solve the sin problem.

There is good news.Through trusting in Jesus Christ we can be forgiven.The later half of Romans 6:23 speaks of the gift of God is eternal life.Through the confession of sin and believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and committing our life to following Jesus, we can be forgiven.The free gift of God is eternal life and is available to all who believe.Become a follower of Jesus today.

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  • antiquark46 August 3, 2012, 11:44 pm

    Isaac B. Singer has written “since God wanted us to have free will this means that Satan, in other words the principle of evil, must exist. Because what does free choice mean? It means the freedom to choose between good and evil…if there is no evil, there is no freedom”.1
    I think so far nobody has been able to properly tackle the problem of evil. If God is good, then why is there so much evil? The answer mostly given by the theists is just the one we read here. God wanted us to have free will. But having free will means having the freedom to choose between good and evil. But if there is no evil, then there is no more freedom of choice for us. Thus we are not actually free. Therefore evil must have to be there in order that we may have free will.
    But the real story is something else. Evil is there not because God has given man free will, but because God is fully free. God is fully free means God has got full freedom to create. Similarly He has got full freedom not to create. But a good God can never have the freedom not to create, because in order to do justice to His own good nature a good God is always bound to create, and thus He is not fully free. How can a good God be called good if He cannot do any good to anybody? So, in order to do good to others a good God will always be bound to create others. So He can never have the freedom not to create.
    Similarly it can be shown that neither can an evil God have the freedom not to create. An evil God cannot be properly called evil if He fails to do any evil to others. But if God wants to do evil to others, then first of all there will have to be others. So here also He is always bound to create others for doing justice to His evil nature. But for a God who is neither good nor evil there is no such binding that He will always have to create. Here He can freely decide whether He will create or not. Thus a really free God is neither good nor evil. Like Hindu’s Brahman He is beyond good and evil.
    Now, if we accept that God is fully free, then we will have to admit that He is neither good nor evil. In a universe that has originated from a God who is neither good nor evil there will always be good as well as evil, as there will always be positive energy as well as negative energy in a universe that has originated from zero energy. Theists always say that their God is all-powerful. But actually they pretend as if they are more powerful than their all-powerful God. That is why by labeling their God as all-good they dare to curtail God’s own freedom, His freedom not to create.

  • Steve August 5, 2012, 6:23 pm

    Dear Antiquark46,
    Thanks for your thoughts on God and the problem of evil. You wrote, “God is fully free means God has got full freedom to create. Similarly He has got full freedom not to create. But a good God can never have the freedom not to create, because in order to do justice to His own good nature a good God is always bound to create, and thus He is not fully free. How can a good God be called good if He cannot do any good to anybody? So, in order to do good to others a good God will always be bound to create others. So He can never have the freedom not to create.”

    The Christian God is a Triune God. One God subsists in three persons Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-equal and co-eternal. The God of Christianity has had the ability to eternally demonstrate goodness by each person of the Trinity loving each other. For example the Father has always loved the Son and the Holy Spirit. His good nature has been on display from eternity past. The God of the Bible doesn’t have to create and therefore, He has full freedom. The Triune God was a good and loving God long before creation. Your problem is solved.

    Steve Bruecker

  • antiquark46 August 15, 2012, 3:27 am

    Your answer does not solve all the problems, because God is not only good, but He is merciful also. So we can ask: before creation to whom was God merciful? Perhaps the reply will be that He was merciful to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. But then the question comes: why was it necessary for God to be merciful to the Son? Was there any possibility for the Son to commit any sin? If you cannot admit this possibility, then you will have to admit that in order to do justice to His merciful nature God was always bound to create others, and thus He was not fully free.

  • Steve August 15, 2012, 12:11 pm

    Dear Antiquark46,
    I love your thought provoking and interesting comments. You definitely have challenged my thinking. I hope we can continue to interact.

    I will begin with a theological definition of God’s Freedom from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology pg. 216. “God’s freedom is that attribute of God whereby he does whatever he pleases. This definition implies that nothing in all creation can hinder God from doing his will. This attribute of God is therefore closely related to his will and his power.” Psalm 115:3 “But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.”

    Your original question had to do with God being good and I showed how the Triune God can accomplish that without creation. So God’s goodness is not dependent upon creation, his freedom is maintained.

    However, now you are saying God needs creation to display his mercy. Why stop at mercy? You can add that God needs creation to display his forgiveness, justice, wrath, jealousy, etc. None of these can be displayed without creation. Does that mean God didn’t have those attributes before creation? The answer of course is no. God has the freedom to display those attributes to created beings like us or not to display them. Those attributes have always been part of God’s eternal nature. He is still free. God can do whatever he pleases.

    What do you think?

    Steve

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