In a previous post I said that we needed to trust the Lord for everything. I’d like to take that a step further.
Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust the Lord with all our heart. In my journey through life I am learning that trusting in the Lord “with all our heart” isn’t just a fancy way of saying in some things, most things or in our business dealings. Trusting in God with ALL our heart involves allowing Him to control EVERYTHING. I’m not talking about relying on a skill you might have, an ability you might have nor in education but completely and totally on God alone.
There is a self help mentality that seems to have pervaded our society these days. The “you can do it” mentality. The “you are special” mentality. The “you are capable” mentality. The Bible seems to contradict that “mentality” entirely. The Bible says that we can do “nothing” without Christ. The Bible is saying that we can’t do it. The Bible is saying that we aren’t special. The Bible is saying that we aren’t “capable”. The Bible goes on to say that we can do ANYTHING with Christ. Is there a discrepancy in scripture? Is there a mistake in scripture? How can it be that we can do nothing of ourselves but everything with Christ?
First off, can you point to ANY human being who can offer you real salvation? Can you point to ANY human being who can save you? Can you point to ANY human being who died for you? Can you point to ANY human being who endured 40 lashes for you? Can you point to ANY human being who can offer you eternity? How about heaven? Not anyone?
There are certain “religions” who confess “sins” to another human being who then instructs them on how to “atone” for those specific “sins”. The end result is that the “sins” are invariably repeated and the process starts all over again. God is essentially taken OUT of the equation. God is essentially left OUT of the process. While the human being may have “forgiven” the sin(s), what about God? Can the human being grant salvation? Can the human being grant eternal life? No one seems to ask what happens if the human being forgave the sin but God didn’t. Will God somehow forgive a sin because a human being said that it was forgiven? When we face the judgement of Christ, will the forgiver be present? I would refer you back to scripture rather than to rely on what another human being says, claims or tells you.
Who does the Bible say holds the keys to death and hell? When humans are judged who is it that does the judging? Who decides who goes to heaven and hell? Another human being telling you that you are “atoned” may make some feel better but who really has the final say?
What if God would say to those people that since they “atoned” to another human being that the other human being would have to grant them eternal life? Since no human being possesses that ability, power or capability what will those people do? The words “Depart from me, I never knew you” may be what God tells them.
Think that my logic is flawed? Let’s suppose that you owe money to the XYZ Bank. You owe money to the XYZ Bank but, the ACME Company tells you that they have done away with your debt. So while you may believe that you no longer owe the money, the courts will tell tell you that the XYZ Bank would have to excuse the debt NOT the ACME Company. The end result would be that you still owe the money. In the same way, it really doesn’t matter what other human beings tell you about your “Sin debt”, it ONLY matters what God says since He is the ONLY one who can forgive the debt owed.