“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD.”
I want to clearly acknowledge my belief in that at the outset here.
However, not all have “…Sold himself [themselves] to do evil.” Do you see the difference?
Each of those categories of wrongdoing has its own set of consequences. There is a difference. There is a delineation.
Can we tell the difference from the outside which category a person’s behavior may fall into? Not necessarily. However, we can make choices between the two in our own lives.
People of faith may be afraid to distinguish between good and evil, because partaking of the knowledge of good and evil was what doomed Adam and Eve. But it’s actually crucial to distinguish between doing right and doing wrong, as this recognition guides our own behavior, which will ultimately present us with consequences.
We watched the film Noah on Netflix last night (spoiler alert!). I wanted so much to like it. I had been told about some of it that might be objectionable to those who believe the Bible is the Word of GOD, so I was prepared and could overlook a lot of variations from the Biblical record.
What I could not overlook, and what left a bad taste in my mouth, was the moral ambiguity. Tubal-Cain cried out to GOD something like “If you made me in your image, why would you destroy me?” though he wronged many people, seemingly participated in cannibalism, manipulated and deceived to get his way, and failed to display GOD’s trademark characteristic of LOVE.
Noah figured everybody is equally bad, because everybody has, at the very least, made mistakes, or displayed character flaws.
Is this sort of rhetoric at all familiar to anybody? Does this remind anybody of philosophies promoted by a certain fallen angel?
lucifer and his emissaries have been propagating this deception for millennia.
Here is the reality though: again: not everybody has sold himself to do evil. A weakness or an “ooops” or a flawed character or even a broken spirit leading to awful behavior is not the same as CHOOSING, with full knowledge and consciousness, to throw off GOD’s authority, and do what is clearly and obviously wrong.
Now, people who have made that choice will be very busily trying to convince all of us that we deserve the same consequences as those who have made that choice. That simply is not true.
I have heard people of the Christian faith worry that they may have committed the “unpardonable sin”. I very sincerely doubt that anybody holding that concern has. Again, this would not be some random, un-knowing “ooops”. This would be a very clear choice between right and wrong, made with a willful, arrogant, rebellious decision.
We have, in our culture and country, many people who have made that choice to consciously rebel against GOD. This does not worry GOD in the least. That fact is the subject of Psalm 2.
However, we as people are challenged by that rebellion. Because they would like to deceive us and make us feel that no sort of judgment should come upon them because we are all guilty. Again, yes, we all have sinned and fallen short. But we have not all chosen to rebel against GOD. And there is a significant line between the two.