Can God seriously expect people to be perfect in this world?

We all seriously expect that if someone wants to live in our city they must live to my standard of perfection.  That is, no murdering, at the very least.  And most of us probably don’t want vandalizing or stealing, either.

But if we can seriously expect that of each other, and yet you and I do not even own the city, what can the Creator of the world expect of its inhabitants?

In theory, the idea of allowing imperfection at first sounds very appealing to the imperfect (like me).  I used to like to watch sitcoms, reality shows, and movies about imperfect characters who through their imperfections achieved something ‘wonderful’.  But is this really real?  Does this really happen in any of our lives?  Are our lives wonderful because of our sin?  Mine certainly isn’t.  All sin has ever brought me is fleeting pleasure, followed by guilt, darkness, loneliness, and regret–and that’s what it’s brought me.  What about the pain, injustice, and trouble my sin have brought others?

God can be expected to not allow people controlled by the will to hurt other people into Heaven.  The bad news is, all of us grow up controlled by that very will.  The good news is, while God can seriously expect people to be perfect, in His grace He gives us a way to be perfect through Himself.  Jesus Christ came and died for our sin so that our will towards sin could be destroyed, and He rose as our High Priest to cover us forever in His nature.

Christ himself suffered for sins once. He was not guilty, but he suffered for those who are guilty to bring you to God. (1 Peter 3:18ab, NCV)

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Only one trunk

I can have many leaves and branches, but I can only have one trunk of belief–the one Belief that all my beliefs stem from.

If food isn’t transported through the trunk of a tree to a particular branch or a particular leaf on a branch, it won’t survive . . . and if approval for a belief doesn’t come through the trunk of our worldview, a new branch of belief or leaf of thought we are considering will never grow.

Since the trunk has control over the branches, the trunk is the ultimate source of our belief system.  And only from the trunk can roots grow that find the nourishment for the entire tree.

The all-important question for my life is, What is at the trunk of my worldview?

What do I stake everything else on?

Truly I say to you, The man whose ears are open to my word and who has faith in him who sent me, has eternal life; he will not be judged, but has come from death into life. (Jesus, quoted in John 5:24, BBE)

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Robot

If you told me I had to live the next 30 years of my life in a room with a robot, that operates totally by chance, I wouldn’t be so thrilled.  It might take care of my needs.  It might not.  It has no interest in me whatsoever because it’s a robot.

A robot or chance machine doesn’t, on its own, sound so good[1].

BUT . . .

What if you told me that, rather than live with a robot, I could live a person instead–but the person would be a horrible criminal?

Robot or criminal?  Hmm . . . not a hard choice.

This is one reason why people sometimes believe in evolution and a chance universe.  When they think of the word “god”, they think of the characteristics horrible criminals have: cruelty, misanthropy, injustice, etc.  So they would prefer to believe in impersonal chance!

But for a person who believes in my God, the robot vs. person story changes.

Now suppose I could choose to be with that robot for 30 years or I could be with a Person who loves me, cares for me, treats me mercifully, and is unendingly kind to me.  Now would I rather be locked in the room with the robot or the Person?

The Person I described is Jesus Christ.  And so it isn’t any wonder at all that I would rather believe in a creator God than evolving circumstances.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13, NIV)

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. (1 John 3:16a)

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