Dear Sir: Regarding your article ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’ I am. Yours truly,
― G.K. Chesterton
Why is the idea of imputing evils like mass killings to monsters and deranged people “out there” instead of sinful humans seem so appealing? Why do we have such a difficult time comprehending the darkness and sinfulness within us?
God hates sin. He hates it! But sin cannot be punished outside of the person responsible for it. Can you put sin in Hell?
Sin is rebellion. It is rebellion in the heart. Sin occurs inside the heart and mind of people. Therefore, God must punish the sinner. Why? Because He is both Holy and Just and the person who sins offends God. God’s Holy and Just character will not allow Him to ignore this offense.
God has not ignored our offense
How? Two words: The Cross.
Jesus frees us to admit we have sinned and rebelled against God. Why?
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. ~2 Corinthians 5:21
As we believe God and in Jesus, we can say, as John Cruver once said,
I die trusting alone in the forgiving mercy of God; relying on the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of sinful men. Though as a poor wicked sinner, I cannot but indulge the hope that God will save me from eternal death, through Jesus Christ our Lord. ~John Cruver 1862