Why God can’t overlook sin

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Why doesn't our loving God simply accept us in our sins? It is a question that has confused many people or put them off Christianity completely.

C. S. Lewis noted in his book The Problem of Pain, "To ask that God's love should be content with us as we are, is to ask that God should cease to be God: because He is what He is, His love must, in the nature of things, be impeded and repelled by certain stains in our present character, and because He already loves us He must labour to make us lovable."

More simply put, I best understand it as an analogy about dirty water. Imagine you have two cups of water, one with a tablespoon of dirt and the other with ten tablespoons of dirt stirred in.

This dirt represents sin. That means lies, gossip, jealousy, selfishness, anger, sex outside of marriage, bad language and everything else that displeases God.

Most people say "well, I am a pretty good person" when I ask them if they think they will go to Heaven one day. They compare themselves to people who they believe are worse than themselves.

What they don't see is the tablespoon of dirt in their cup of water from all their own sins that displease God. And we all have them whether we like to admit it or not.

Would you serve dirty water to a guest? A King for that matter?

Asking God to accept us in our sin is like asking Him to accept a glass of dirty water. If we wouldn't drink it then how can we expect the God of the Universe to?

That's where Jesus Christ comes in. When He walked on earth He never sinned. His clean cup of water was offered up to God in place of our dirty cup. The only catch: we need to accept His gift so that our dirty cup of water can be exchanged for His clean one. It is not something we can do ourselves but it is a free gift because God loves us and has made a way for us to be found acceptable in His sight. Accept Jesus into your life today and receive the peace and joy that comes from knowing we are forgiven for our wrongs and there is nothing that can separate us from Him ever again.

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