Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. Romans 3:19-20
Following rules will not lead us to God. We are incapable of always following the rules. We will always slip up. Even the very best of us will lose out temper, take something that is not ours or tell a lie to save someone’s feelings.
Most religions have a list of things you need to do in order to go to heaven. Buddhists have the eight fold path. Muslims have the five pillars of the faith. Mormons require baptism and temple rituals. Even some Christians want to require good works and baptism to be saved. And the Jews had the Law. Yet Paul clearly states that no one will be justified by the law.
Whenever we set up rules that have to be followed in order to be saved we are thumbing our noses at God. We are telling Him that His plan is not enough. We are telling Jesus, yes you died on the cross but that was not enough. I need to do more to earn my salvation.
From the first days of the Church some wanted to add to the work on the cross. You had to be Jewish first in order to be saved. We always want to earn it. Somehow we become suspicious of free salvation. How can something free really be that good?
God gave Israel the law in the Ten Commandments. He then expanded them in the laws given to Moses. Jesus then simplified the law the “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself.” Just two simple things. I mean who cannot follow two rules? Unfortunately all of us. We cannot consistently follow these two rules. We will always fall short.
Now, if we cannot follow two rules, how are we to follow more rules? Jesus put the law as simple as possible. Every other religion just adds more rules. Islam had five. Buddhism has eight. And we have trouble keeping two. If it was possible to keep God’s law then we would be righteous. Pure and simple, we just can’t do it.
To be in God’s presence we have to keep the whole law all the time. No days off. Not even a fifteen minute break. The law must be kept 24/7, 365 days a year. We can try but we will never succeed.
Fortunately God know this. He has a better way. Instead of requiring us to pay the price for our sins he came down to us and paid the price. We can’t keep the law, but God has already paid our fine.
Have a blessed day,