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Innocent

or

Guilty?

The Bible says that sinners will go to the place called Hell and people who are perfect will go to heaven. Hebrews 9:27 says "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Judgment implies that one day there will be a verdict: innocent or guilty.

Which one are you?

Let's take a look at the Ten Commandments as an example to see if you will be pronounced innocent or guilty.

Commandment #3- "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." Have you ever used God's name as a curse word? If so, you are guilty of breaking the Third Commandment.
Commandment #5 "Honour thy Father and thy Mother" Have you honored your parents your entire life with your obedience and respect? If not, you are guilty of breaking the Fourth Commandment.
Commandment #6 "Thou shalt not kill." While you may not have actually committed physical murder, Jesus said in Matthew 5:21-22 "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill... but I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment." Have you ever been angry at someone without a good reason? If so, you are guilty of breaking the Sixth Commandment.
Commandment #8 "Thou shalt not steal" Have you ever in your life stolen anything, regardless of worth? If so, you are guilty of breaking the Eighth Commandment.
Commandment #10 "Thou shalt not covet" Have you ever wanted something that didn't belong to you? If so, you are guilty of breaking the Tenth Commandment.

There are five more commandments besides these five, and many more found in the Bible. You haven't kept all of them perfectly in your life, have you? No, you haven't. If this is true, then what will the verdict be on judgment day for you?

The verdict will be: "Guilty!"

James 2:10 says, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." The Bible says that you are a breaker of God's Law, and that He is just in punishing you for your sins against Him. You then, as a sinner, are destined for the place the Bible calls Hell.

"I don't think that I am that bad!"

You may not think you are a bad person, but God is the one who judges, not you. He says that only those who are perfect and innocent go to heaven, and only those who are sinful and guilty go to the place the Bible calls Hell.

The Bible says this in Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." You as a sinner are short of God's standard of perfection. There is nothing good in you that you can do to please Him. Isaiah 64:6 says "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags." Because of this, you have earned God's wrath, judgment, and punishment in Hell.

Where does the Bible say that you have earned Hell with your sin?

The first part of Romans 6:23 says "For the wages of sin is death." That 'death' is eternal death in Hell. Revelation 21:8 says, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

Where will you be?

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