With the advancements in science and technology that continue to take place at a rapid rate, there is always the fear that some unscrupulous scientist will invent the ultimate weapon of mass destruction and lay waste to our planet. The unfortunate creation of such a combination of chemicals by people with little regard for life would be tragic indeed. However such an invention would still fail to qualify as the answer to our question. The deadliest, most destructive combination may truly shock you. In fact, it has existed since the dawn of time.
According to the Bible, mankind was made in the image of God and given the opportunity to choose between good and evil. In no way is the human race relegated to the role of preprogrammed robots that have no say in what they do. An all-wise, all-loving God created us with a free will that has the liberty to decide between the right and the wrong.
This freedom gives us the capability for moral greatness or terrible wickedness. No matter our station in life, every human being has this tremendous privilege.
The Lord has ordered this universe to run on the principles of holiness, righteousness, and truth. These traits exemplify the glorious character of the triune God. There is no flaw in His character and He is the very essence of purity and truth. Because of this, the Lord expects all the members of the human family to follow after the ways of righteousness and obey His commands. These commands are best summed up by the 10 Commandments, which are binding upon our race until the end of time.
Each person comes into this life with a conscience. It is placed in us to guide us in the direction of holy and righteous living. Unfortunately, without proper training, people begin to defile their conscience at a young age. Very often there is great guilt in a young person the first few times they sin. But as sin becomes “natural”, the conscience hardens and the offender continues in rebellion against the just government of Almighty God. The existence of a conscience makes us responsible for our sin.
People all over the world steal, swear, murder, commit adultery, covet and break the rest of the commandments. They seemingly suffer no ill effects. The silence of God is taken as a sign of His reluctant acceptance of their wild ways. Worse yet, some even mock the concept of a God that will punish sin. The words of Ecclesiastes 8:11 ring true in our day where it states, “because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil”. Though it may seem like God is a million miles away, the decision to do wrong comes with disastrous consequences. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 13:15 “the way of the transgressor is hard”. Oftentimes even in this life “your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). If perhaps we sneak through this life unscathed, we will answer at the Judgment where “every idle work that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof . . . .” (Matthew 12:36).
You probably have an idea what the answer to our question is by now. The combination of a human being choosing to align himself with known sin is a cataclysmic decision with eternal repercussions. Payday doesn’t always come on Saturday night after a wild time at the bar. But come it will and must. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Our good works will not outweigh our bad works. One willful choice disqualifies us from heaven. (James 2:10) The Bible is clear, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God . . .” (Romans 3:23)
There is hope! Though a life of know sin will lead to an eternity in Hell, heartfelt repentance from all sin and faith in Jesus Christ will produce a born-again experience that breaks the power of sin in one’s life. The relationship with God that develops out of the crisis experience brings blessed peace to one’s soul. It is worth every sacrifice to maintain such a relationship with Almighty God!
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whose confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” Proverbs 28:13