Discipleship 1.2 Knowing God: Sin and Hell

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” – Romans 3:23

Do you know anyone who is perfect, who has never done anything wrong? I do not either. Some people behave better than others do, and some people just SEEM to be better. But everyone has thought wrong thoughts and committed wrong deeds, even if unseen by others.

The problem is not just that we commit sins, but it is our sinful condition. The Bible says that “sin ruled over all people and brought them to death” (Romans 5:21). Part of our human nature is that we are sinful at the core of our being.

This is why we can never do enough good deeds to earn our salvation. This is like putting fancy clothes on a dead man. He may look better, but he’s still dead.

So Jesus died on the cross not only to take the punishment for our sins, but also to free us from the power of sin and death and give us new life.

The “death” referred to in the passage above is not just physical death, but spiritual death – eternal suffering and separation from God in a place called Hell. Imagine a place of everlasting torment and fire. That is how eternity without God will be.

Do you understand that if you have chosen to accept God’s free gift of forgiveness, you have also chosen the path toward Heaven and away from Hell? It’s the most important decision anyone will ever make.