Sometimes People Don’t Want A Cure (The Reason For God Chapter 11)

You can agree that there is a sin problem in the world and still not accept the Christian solution to the problem. In fact, most people would agree that there is a fundamental problem in society and in themselves. Most people don’t even live up to their own standard and it bothers them. They see a world full of injustice, murder, oppression, and violence and it bothers them.
In fact, whenever I talk to people about Jesus they usually agree with me through the whole sin part. People who take a close look at themselves want to know why they are the way they are. Recently, I talked to an addict and a depressed person. Both of them were completely with me as we discussed what was in their heart. They were amazed that the Christian faith could explain the human condition.
But then we got to Jesus.
And they were not as interested in the answer.
Ironically, they liked the diagnoses but not the cure.
In chapter 11 of The Reason For God, Timothy Keller says there are two alternatives to accepting Christ as Lord and Savior.
1. You can choose to be your own Lord.
You can say, ‘I will live my life the way I want.’ You can attempt to solve your own problems, your own way. You can make choices based on your desires and feelings. You can rely on your own reasoning.
These people tend to be self-centered and self-reliant.
2. You can choose to be a ‘good’ person.
You can make up a bunch of rules and try to obey them so that you can be “good enough.” If you are “good enough” you don’t need a savior because there is nothing to be saved from. Many people think they are ‘basically good’ and that, as long as they don’t do anything ‘really bad,’ everything should be okay.
These people tend to be moralistic and religious.
Most people I talk to want to take one of these two paths. They either tell me they want to be in control or that they are going to try to be really good so God will accept them.
Because people tend to fall under one of these two categories when they are confronted with the message of Christ, they find the gospel answer strange and disturbing. Timothy Keller calls it “the threat of grace.” People are threatened by grace. They don’t like the idea one bit. They can’t understand a gospel that frees them from self-centeredness and self-effort. They want a different kind of freedom. They want a different kind of system.
But the gospel is simply this: Jesus forgives your sin. As an undeserved favor He died for you. If you believe in Him for salvation you will be saved from sin.


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