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September 15, 2014

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We have to view this question, like everything else, from God's perspective. For example, sure, it's possible for someone not to lie. I'm sure it happens every day. But does that count as "not sinning"?

No! An unbeliever "choosing" not to lie merely amounts to a measure of self-generated "righteousness", and the Bible calls that "filthy rags": it's still sinful from God's perspective because it still falls short of His holy standard!

So rather than look at an unbeliever choosing not to lie, and saying, "Good!", God looks at the unbeliever and says, "Believe on Christ!".

Does that seem unfair? That's the point! God is so far above us! He's so infinitely holy, so good, so righteous, that we can live a seemingly outward "perfect" life, and it still amounts to nothing. He gets to define what is "fair" and what is "unfair", not us! And it's actually unfair that He saves anyone: we all deserve eternity in hell.

Does that seem impossible? That's the point! We cannot do it! That's why Christ came to the world, lived a perfect life, died on the cross in our place, was dead, buried, and resurrected! He did for us what we could not do for ourselves!

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