Going back to looking at the Bible as the authority, because it is authored by the Authority, I’d like to take a quick look at a few places where the Author, God, tells us about ourselves.
*Our Father, Adam, sinned
Thus causing sin and a curse to pass on all men.
(Rom. 5.12; Gen 3.17-18).
Therefore all men are sinners (Rom 3.23) and
as sinners we can do nothing to please God, or to merit His salvation
This post was provided by a guest writer, James Wood, who will soon be joining us more regularly.
What God, the Authority, has to say:
All we like sheep have gone astray;we have turned—every one—to his own way;and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
– Isaiah 53.6
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,to see if there are any who understand,[a]who seek after God.
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;there is none who does good,not even one.
– Psalms 14.1-3
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands;no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave;they use their tongues to deceive.”“The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
– Romans 3.10-18
…All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
– Romans 3.23
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned…
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
– Eph 2.1-*