"Everyone else deserves hell, but never me"

So often in the news, when I read about heinous crimes, the comments are always interesting. Today, while reading a story about the killer of John Walsh’s son being identified, I thought the comments were interesting.

The man has died in prison and may he rot in hell for eternity.

I hope the guy who killed him rots in hell forever.

It is an interesting mindset to me. Those same people would never really say that they deserved hell; it’s only the killers, the murderers, the criminals that do. The murderer’s sins are much worse than mine. That’s where self righteousness sprints in. Your lie, your omission, your adultery, your fornication, your theft, your deception, your LIFE is worthy of getting you thrown into the hellfire. It doesn’t matter whether you killed or raped someone or only told a ‘little white lie’. It doesn’t even matter if all you did was “live”. The Bible says that ALL have sinned and ALL fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), so whether you raped her, lied to her, killed him, had sex with him (without being married), whatever you did or didn’t do, you’re naturally sinful. Even your self righteousness is sinful. It’s a modern day living out of Luke 18:

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 18:9-14 ESV

No one is better than the next man simply because you haven’t committed a crime ‘worse’ than they. A little white lie is only that to you, but to a Holy God, that is sin. Fornication may be of benefit to you, but in a Holy God’s eyes, that’s a mark counted against you. Even thinking, “This is my body, I can do with it what I want” is a sin because you refuse to acknowledge the Creator who created your body. Flirting with your married co-worker isn’t harmless fun, but it’s adultery and lust. Jesus said:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:27-28 ESV

and

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
Matthew 15:19 ESV

So nothing is ever harmless. No one deserves better than hell, no matter what we’ve done.

Praise God for a Savior Whose name is Jesus Christ. He is the Messiah, the Chosen One, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. He is man’s only hope for righteousness for He, Himself, is the Righteous One. He is the Christ.

Because we are not righteous, we can receive the righteousness of Jesus Christ by placing trust and faith in Him as our Lord and Savior. It doesn’t matter whether we are murderers, rapists, adulterers, whoremongers, thieves, liars, fornicators, drug users… Jesus said:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV

It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. On your own, you are deserving of hell, but by trusting Christ as Savior, you can be forgiven and cleansed.

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
Isaiah 1:18 ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
John 3:16-17 ESV

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One thought on “"Everyone else deserves hell, but never me"

  1. Thanks for the post. It is easy for all of us to forget that our sin hierarchies are detrimental towards pursuing Godliness.

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