Is God too Harsh?

God asserts that all people are “wicked.”   As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation (Luke 11:29)

For some people God’s indictment of our wickedness seems too harsh.

Most People Just Try to Get By

We look at most people and we do not see or hear wicked people.  Certainly, there are some.  We hear about them in the news.  We see them in movies – the villain who is foiled by the hero.  We will agree that there are villains, but most are just people who have problems and sins, but minor sins.  Most people are trying to get along with others and live their lives – they are not trying to be wicked.

Mostly, though, people will agree with God that we sin – “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  But to think of people as wicked and awful, seems to be too much.

God Sees the Disaster that is Sin

While we divide sins into categories as they appear to us, God sees a common disaster that all sin has – a disaster IN every sin, a disaster crushing every person who sins.  God sees every sin as putting us into the crush of death – not just a little danger, but death.  While it was God who said to Adam and Eve, “When you eat of it you will surely die,” and later to us that “the wages of sin is death” it wasn’t that God put death into the sin.  Death was present naturally and completely without God having anything to do with it.

When a parent tells their son or daughter “do not run into the street,” the parent is not the one putting the cars on the street to hurt their child.  The cars are there and they are dangerous.

When gun safety instructors say “Consider every gun to be loaded,” they are not putting the bullets in the gun. They are not trying to make people afraid of guns.  They are giving safety advice.

When the poison control center says, “Do not drink poison,” they are not putting poison in your liquids.  They are telling you do not drink poison.

The Disaster of Every Sin is Death

God said that “the wages of sin is death.”  He did not put death into sin.  He was warning us about sin and its consequences.

God hates sin because every time we sin, we are putting ourselves into a place where we die.

Picture a road with six lanes.  In the first lane there is a small demon patrolling.  If someone goes into that first lane, that demon attacks.  In the second lane there is a slightly bigger demon.  In each of the following lanes, all the way up to six there is a progressively bigger and deadlier demon.  It doesn’t matter whether you “only” go into lane one or two.  Certainly the demons in lanes one and two are smaller and less powerful then the other eight lanes, but you will still be demon-attacked and dead.

Similarly God sees the death on that highway called “sin.”  He says to us, “Do not go onto the highway.  All its lanes mean death.”  Higher, more deadly lanes mean greater and harsher death, but small death is still death.

God Knows How Dangerous Satan Is

A second point to keep in mind when God tells us “Do not sin,” is that every time we sin we are joining Satan and in effect selling ourselves into the devil’s slavery.  Satan tries to make himself and his existence to be a myth which can be ignored.  For those who start to perceive him, he works to make himself humorous or not really dangerous.  One of the great lies of our age is that we can control and conquer Satan, if we are clever enough.  Satan doesn’t mind, just as long as we ignore the freedom that Jesus provides.  Satan is the ultimate terrorist, the ultimate slaver, and the ultimate tyrant.

Parents tell their children “Don’t talk to strangers,” “Don’t go near the car of a stranger who calls to you,” and “Do not take candy from strangers.”  Parents re not trying to make their kids scared of life and of strangers.  Parents know that not everyone in the world is nice and may try to stalk kids.  God tells us to stay away from sin because, no matter how small a sin may seem to be, we are giving ourselves to the ultimate stalker, the ultimate pervert and molester.

Solomon in the book of proverbs speaks about wisdom and folly. Solomon speaks as if folly is a prostitute who calls out in order to get men to come into her house.  She tries to make her prostitution sound engaging and good.  Solomon encourages us to hold to the light of wisdom, rather than folly.

Nothing has spiritually changed since Solomon’s time.  Satan still calls out to people to come into his prison, his slavery, and his death.  Sadly, our sinful nature likes to listen to him.  That is why Jesus and the forgiveness he gave when he died for all sins is so important.  Through Jesus sacrifice on the cross our sins are forgiven.  The curse and death that our sins deserve has been paid for by Jesus.  We are redeemed.  We are free.  We are alive since Jesus as our Savior.

God Speaks of Wickedness to Save

God refers to sin as wickedness, death, slavery, rebellion, and in other ways.  By using those nasty terms to define sin, God is not overstating his case, he is speaking to save.  Each Biblical reference to sin encourages us to stay out of the clutches of Satan and to stay away from the devils demonic highway of death.


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