Everything you need to know about the Debt Deal

August 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Closed door meetings, name calling, back stabbing, class warfare.  Seen, heard, and watched enough to know that things in Washington are business as usual for the majority.

Consider that as of the President’s signature,the country’s debt ceiling will increase 1.5 trillion dollars.  How much is a trillion?

Is this a debt that can be paid? Could one person pay this debt that the country and its citizens now owe?

Will China consider forgiving America’s debt to set her free from the “chains” and wages that bind her to them.

Consider:

What if sin were viewed as debt in monetary value?  What is the cost?

In talking to two Catholic friends this past week I discovered what certainly is a common consensus among many people. Either:

1.  The state of our depravity is not recognized or admitted.  I.e. “I am not a sinner and neither are you.  You are a “good” person.”

2. Admittance of sin with belief  in “God,” but doubt of His majesty, power, the divine conception, or the death and resurrection of Christ.

The truth is both views create a debt crisis.

Sin equals death and separation from God.  In order to be made right in relationship to God, sin’s cost must be paid.

Mortal sins and venial sins, taught in the Catholic Church, are not in the Bible.  God teaches that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of the Lord (Romans 3:23). For the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). There is none righteous, no not one(Romans 3:9-11).  This means that everyone born possess sin debt and are enslaved to death in hell.

Further, man’s greatest righteousness are as filthy rags to Holy God.  The best efforts toward holiness and heaven are as defecation!

Righteousness cannot be earned.

How is sin and death’s debt paid? How is eternity in heaven obtained?  In Jesus Christ alone.

13(A) And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God(B) made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14by(C) canceling(D) the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

Colossians 2:13-14 English Standard Version (ESV)

A life of unspecified days is derelict of time to pay off sin’s debt.

Yet, Christ, as foretold in the Scriptures by the prophet Isaiah, was born of a virgin and walked among men as God in the flesh.

Christ, tempted in every way that man is tempted, remained void of sin (Hebrews 4:15). Fame, fortune, position, earthly power, and self-gratification found their way to the Savior’s platter and returned to the kitchen of hell untouched.

Christ who died for our sin sympathizes with our debt to sin and death.

“What must I do to be saved?”

Repent (Acts 17:30-31) and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 10:42-43). Repentance is recognition and turning from sin by seeking forgiveness in Christ -Jesus’ blood and body sacrifice.  He alone paid the cost of sin by dying on the cross.  Then He showed His God-ship by rising from the dead on the third day.

Does doubt get in the way of salvation?

Responding to doubt concerning creation, divine conception, and the death and resurrection of Christ, seek for wisdom and search for it as for hidden treasure.  Those who seek find.

Answers in Genesis is a pivot point for studying creation.  The Case for Christ and Evidence that Demands a Verdict are two resources (aside from God’s Word) that serve as a starting point for doubtful seekers.

Christ, so much more than a “debt deal,” should not be ignored or overlooked.  He is the subject matter of life which cannot be avoided.  What decisions are made in relation to belief in Christ will affect all of eternity.

Entertain.  If the Bible is merely a fairy tale then reading it will not be harmful to ones health. Conversely, if Christ is who He claims to be and the Bible is 100% accurate then failure to objectively and conclusively study to determine for oneself the claims and truths of Christ would be a continual increasing of a debt ceiling that cannot be paid.

Raise the Risk Challenge:

  • Use the debt crisis as a starting point for a spiritual conversation with a lost friend… or stranger.
  • Share this post with someone who needs to hear the message of salvation.
  • Read one of the resources listed in this post so that you may be strengthened in understanding to give a reason for the hope that you have in Christ.
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