I have been street witnessing many times. I have gone door to door sharing the gospel with many people. The one thing I can say is that no one thinks that they are evil. On a scale of 1 to 7 billion, most would rate themselves in the upper 50%-75%. Many times during my witnessing encounters I would try and explain the difference between the holiness of God and the state of sin all of humanity finds itself in and convince people that they are not as good as they think they are. This approach is a difficult one, and not only that I think that the approach leaves a lot to be desired. Let me explain…
We live in a world of good vs. evil. Many times we consider them two epic forces in a battle that will erupt in the Apocalypse at the end of time. Which one will win? How will it end? This however is not the message of the Bible. God and Satan are not two equal foes that are having it out. God is the creator, and as such is all powerful. There is NOTHING in the Universe that can stand up to Him. He has unlimited power so if anything exists, it is because it serves a purpose for Him.
Another thing that this good vs. evil mentality produces is a walk that is powerless against sin. If you sin then it is bad, so if you want to be good, you have to try really, really, really, hard and maybe if you are good enough you will be able to stop sinning so much. You are trying to be good in you’re own power, or you may be trying to be good in God’s power. Either way it inevitably leads to failure. Why? It is because our righteousness is as filthy rags (Isa 64:6). So no matter how good you try to be with or without Jesus it will never be good enough. Sin will always win out. So what’s the answer?
When we go back to the Garden of Eden we see that there is a choice, but the choice is not between good and evil. It is between the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life. Adam and Eve were created to know nothing of evil! As a Children of God we are to know nothing of evil (Psalm 101:4). We were not meant to enter a battle of good against evil. The battle is between life and death. God warned Adam and Eve that if they ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil they would die (Gen 2:16-17), and so they did… We all did. So God wants to offer those who follow His instructions access to the Tree of Life (Rev 22:14).
The One who is Life is who we seek. Jesus said if we came to Him we would have life (John 10:10, 20:31, 1 John 5:12). It doesn’t matter if we are good or evil, if we die without Jesus, we will surely die! If we seek life we become holy (set apart) just as Jesus is holy and set apart from the world. Then sin is not a choice between doing what is wrong vs. doing what is right, it becomes a choice of doing what gives life vs. doing what leads to death. (Prov 10:16, 17, 15:24, Matt 7:14, Rom 6:22, Jude 1:21)
So then there is no need to convince people that they are not good enough to get to heaven. There is only the question, “Do you have life?” Good and evil people die everyday, only those who have the life that Jesus gives will enter the city by the gates and have access to the Tree of Life.
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