While America is busy attempting to unravel and mentally sort the tragic and horrific shooting massacre that occurred in Las Vegas over the weekend, one fact remains: The Las Vegas shooter didn’t know God. This fact alone is one many people might rather ignore but its reality is undeniable and deeply important. This may seem like a trivial matter to some but had this man Stephen Paddock believed in God by trusting in Jesus Christ for his salvation he wouldn’t have committed this heinous crime. This goes for anyone, at anytime. What do I mean you ask?
Are we seeking God?
First things first. When it comes to the most important matter of life, simplicity without compromise is best.
Clearly the world is crumbling and falling apart. People are more and more seeking to break the law and do harm to others. The Las Vegas shooting demonstrates more of the same.
However, God has spoken a stern warning to all who seek to ignore Him. We have all broken His Law (the Ten Commandments). As lawbreakers or transgressors of the law we are all slaves of sin (doing evil). Therefore we are all under a curse. Sin clouds our minds and blocks our view (or a correct view) of God. As a result we are self-seeking sin-filled creatures who are at enmity with the God of the universe. We shoot, murder, lie and cheat. In the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, our relationship with God was broken.
Sin is transgressing or breaking God’s law.
Here’s our biggest problem. To enter heaven, God demands holiness, perfection and a sinless life.
Have you sinned?
Broken God’s commands?
Are you willing to seek God?
Have you ever lied? (9th commandment)
Stolen? (8th commandment)
Do you put God first in your life? (1st, 2nd commandments)
Ever used God’s name as a cuss word to express disgust? (3rd commandment)
Lusted? Jesus said lust is the same as adultery of the heart. (Matthew 5:27-28) (7th commandment)
These are just a few of the Ten Commandments. It’s evident we are all guilty of breaking God’s God’s law, the perfect standard for what is right and wrong. Therefore since God is holy, perfect and He cannot have sin in His presence (Psa. 5:4, Hab. 1:13) we deserve His righteous judgment in Hell.
Only One Way of Escape
Therefore, we need a Savior–a way of escape from His judgment for sin. (James 2:10)
1. God is holy and perfect
and He cannot have sin in His presence.
2. We broke God’s Law (Sinned against God)
God’s perfect standard, (known as the moral law or the Ten Commandments)
Have you ever lied?
Do you always put God first in your life?
Ever used God’s name as a cuss word to express disgust?
(Hitler and Mohammad are not hated this much.)
Lusted? Jesus said lust is the same as adultery of the heart. (Matthew 5:27-28)
3. We deserve God’s Judgment for breaking His Law
because of God’s perfection and holiness we deserve judgment in Hell for breaking His Law. (remember due to God’s holiness and perfection He cannot have sin in his presence)
4. Good Works Are Not Good Enough
Trying to keep God’s commands or doing good things won’t work with God (God is the Judge – He cannot be bribed)
Only God can provide the way of escape (from His Judgment) since He is the Judge.
5. We need a Savior–a way of escape from God’s judgment for sin. (Salvation) (James 2:10)
God the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ—God manifest in the flesh—to die on a cross paying the penalty for our breaking His Law (Sin). (Ro. 5:8)
Jesus rose from the dead after three days defeating sin and death. (1 Cor. 15:3-4) Therefore the tomb is now empty.
When you repent from your sin (turn from it as in changing your mind about committing sin) and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you from the wrath to come (God’s judgment against sin), you will have eternal life! (John 3:36, Titus 3:4-7, Ro 6:23)
This is what it means to have salvation.
Just because Mr. Paddock did not have salvation in Jesus Christ and a relationship with Him doesn’t mean it’s too late for us. We are all given a limited time on this planet. You may not have tomorrow or another minute to seek out God.
If you would like a more detailed version of what I have posted about salvation please take the good person test. Right now Bibles are plentiful in the United States. (They even have them at Dollar stores!) Please pick up a Bible and start reading in the book of John (or wherever God is leading you to start reading). Just start in His Word. When you have questions seek out answers but don’t stop looking in God’s Word.
I am not a pastor (or even part of any church leadership) but a guy with struggles, faults and battles with sin who’s only desire is to point people the right way which is to know Jesus Christ. If I can be of any help don’t hesitate to ask.
Thank you for reading this important post.
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