God's perfect character and will. Whether it's lying, stealing, cheating, lust, or whatever it may be, we have all done one of those things at least once in our lives. Sin separates us from God. We were created to live in relationship with God, but we chose to disobey him. "But wait," you may say, "I'm a still a good person. I have never killed anyone or anything like that." That may be true, but no amount of good works, or lack of bad choices, can ever make you good enough to get to heaven. Picture this: you're standing in a burning building, the building has fifty foot high ceilings and every possible exit is blocked by roaring flames. There is no way out except up. Imagine, all of a sudden, a firefighter cuts a hole in the roof. There is no ladder or anything you can grab that can get you up there, the only option you have is to jump. Remember, these are fifty foot ceilings, there is no way you are ever going to be able to jump that high. The only way to get out is if someone offers you help from the outside... and that's exactly what God has done. You see, the only way to spend eternity with a perfect God is to be perfect. Even if you are a good person, try putting your record up against perfection; it's going to look pretty pitiful. We have all chosen to sin, the flames are closing in and nothing we can do will ever be able to save us. This is where Jesus comes in.
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