Real Guilt

What does the bible say about our guilt?As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.’ Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Romans 3: 10 – 20 The passage paints a pretty bleak picture of the human race.  We’re unable to stand blameless before anyone, let alone God.  We are unable to understand God, and we are largely uninterested in seeking God.  The truth is, we’re actually better at running from God, who has every intention of blessing us, than running to Him. On our own we have become “worthless,” which can be literally translated from the original New Testament language as “spoiled” or “gone sour.” Left to ourselves, the natural arc of our lives leads us to a destination that is spoiled and sour.So what do we do with this description of the human condition?  Do we pursue the seemingly spiritual, and all too human, solution of working that much harder or doing that much better to somehow fix our situation?  The end of the passage tells us that approach will not work; religious rule keeping will not erase guilt.  Rule keeping will either make us far too smug about how well we think we behaved today or far too guilty for how badly we broke the rules today.  It’s not the solution for guilt and it’s not the reason God provided His moral law to guilty people in the first place.  God provided his moral law so that every human being could be given a full-body MRI scan of our spiritual condition and be justly and equally assessed for the reality of our state as human beings before God.  His moral law doesn’t provide the remedy to our condition, it provides the diagnosis and the diagnosis is we are all as guilty as sin! Tough news, but stay tuned - that's not all of the news.