When the heart fails

Was there killing of innocent people in New Testament times across the globe? We have evidence that people in the highest offices in Israel were likely to use violence to intimidate and silence witnesses. The camera was rolling when Paul appeared for a hearing on charges of defiling the temple. The charge was false. The court’s hostiity was real. Hatred, fear and ignorance are tragic leads to homicide. They represent the failure of the human heart. Contrary to popular opinion the heart is capable of both extreme depravity and exceeding goodness.

The idea that men can be left without an absolute guiding light to choose the high ground has not been corroborated by history. Some may bring their arguments about freedoms and perfect revelations but the record of abuses by religious groups and their leaders is convincing.

How many times does God forgive your sin?

Most will eventually admit he keeps doing so as long as this life lasts, but there is that lunatic fringe that is brainwashed to publish their own profiles as a sinless people, sinless because they are obedient.

Heart trouble we cannot avoid

The functional problem at Sinai was that no Israelite was in possession of a heart with which he or she could walk uprightly. People with new hearts do not love God and at the same time call their neighbours common or unclean.  Some hearts were made channels of divine love but none were made new until Christ was raised from the dead. The problem today is that people say they are saved from sin by Christ’s sacrifice and now need the law in their hearts like one needs a condom. The scenario is perfectly Galatian.

2) This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith? 3) Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?

Galatians 3:2-3

The only people who need salvation are sinners, and the followers of Christ need forgiveness daily. The people who deny that they are sinners and do not need forgiveness are liars.

When God saves a person from sin there is no disposal prerequisite. There is a slogan from the self-saving crew proposing that God does not save people in their sins but saves people from their sins.

But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,

Romans 4:5

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.

1 Timothy 1:15

God saves sinners, not people who have rid themselves of their sins. God justifies the ungodly, not people who have a narrative of how they have participated in their justification.

More failed hearts than we can count

There are more failed hearts than we have been able to identify and differentiate from renewed hearts (not that any of us actually the latter as a job). If the prayer Yeshua taught his disciples is off the agenda then the failed heart belongs to the person who confesses faith in Christ, wants his compliance with the Law to count as salvation, and his discrimination against outsiders as holiness.