Ha! Caught you red-handed! You clicked the button that I SPECIFICALLY warned you not to click! You will suffer the consequences now. Your device will self destruct in 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1!
Just kidding, but you knew that, didn’t you, Smartie Pants? Well, shucks, maybe the next person will fall for it…
You see, I learned this trick on someone else’s web page. I was you. I was that person who touched the forbidden button. As humans we seem to have an uncontrollable desire to do the VERY thing we are told not to do.
You’re on a swinging rope bridge high in the Swiss Alps and a big, hairy yeti that looks more like the Abominable Snowman is chasing you and your friend. (Yeah, I know, an impossible scenario.) Your friend is behind you yelling, “Hey, don’t look down!” What do you do? Duh! You look down! You know you’re afraid of heights, but maybe he saw a giant man-eating monk skunk. (He went to a special school for skunks to be trained under the highest authority to become a monk. Therefore, he is a monk skunk. Run with me here.) So, here you are, looking down. Your stomach flips, as you realize you are not in danger of a monk skunk, but there is about 500,000 feet between you and the rapidly rushing river underneath you with an ice berg, straight ahead. And now, your feet are glued to the rope bridge. You are paralyzed with fear. Your friend can’t get past you to save himself, so the yeti gets to eat both of you for dinner. Happy yeti.
A little more realistic scenario would be Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God told them not to eat the fruit on the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. But Satan came and told Eve, “Has God said,’You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Eve said to him, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat, but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, for you shall surely die.'” Satan said, “Surely you will not die! For God knows that in that day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Thus he tempted Eve and made her question God. And after she ate the fruit, she did the same to Adam. But this, you may say, seems similar to the yeti story. After all, a talking snake? a poisonous apple? Seems like it should belong right next to Snow White, right?
In the Old Testament God gave the Israelites a bunch of laws. I am not just talking about the Ten Commandments, but there were a lot more that people generally don’t know about. VERY strict laws. Laws that nobody could keep. Yet, they were required to. However, in the New Testament, Jesus came. He was God, in human flesh. Born, ironically, no, miraculously, to a virgin. He lived for 33 years among all kinds of people: harlots, murderers, the Pharisees. He preformed many impossible miracles. He was wrongly accused of crimes he didn’t commit. He was tried and convicted. The sentence? A death we can’t begin to imagine. He was hung on a cross and left to die. He died, they made sure of it. But then, three days later he came back to life, reincarnated. Only a few days later he ascended into Heaven. With His death, however, He dealt away with the old laws. The ones no one could realistically keep. He said that we no longer have to follow those laws. However, sometimes the laws, although we can’t follow them to His standards, show us how sinful we really are.
Wanna try a little quiz to prove that?
The ninth commandment is “You shall not bear false witness.” Have you ever told a lie? (Hint: if you say no, you’re probably lying. ;))
What about “You shall not steal?” Ever taken a toy from your sister when you were little?
“You shall not murder.” Now, it’s likely that you have not physically murdered someone, but in Matthew, Jesus said, “Everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court.” So, even if you have been so angry that you’ve hated someone, you have committed murder. (Yeah, hard to hear that one, huh?)
This one is a little embarrassing, but most of us have done it. “You shall not commit adultery.” Maybe not physically, but again in Matthew, “Anyone who looks on a woman with lust for her has committed adultery in his heart.” (Girls, this goes for us too.)
I could name the other ones, but I think you’ve got the point. We are all guilty of sin. No one can hold to God’s standards. And we’re losers if we try. There is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. Oh, and might I point out that we will all be going to Hell? There is only one way to prevent that. “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of The Lord.” “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord and believes in Him will be saved.” And there is soooo much other good stuff that comes from believing in Him. But you’ll have to find that out for yourself. 😉 Well, was it worth the button push?