Truth or Guilt
originally written and posted 18 Dec 05
photo by: Shirley/England/Dec 2005
Last night I heard a woman on the radio talk about how dangerous Christianity was and how it was the most guilt producing religion in the world today.  I feel a deep sadness for her.  Her eyes have been blinded by the enemy of God who does not want her to see God’s life-saving Truth.  She has missed the point of Christ’s life and death entirely.  It makes me so deeply sad that she is not alone in this opinion.
When a person is diagnosed with cancer, the focus is not how they got the disease, but how best to conquer it.  However, this does not mean that the cause of the cancer should be ignored…not to inflict guilt on the victim but to serve as a warning to others who may also walk the same path they did…to warn them of the dangers they face.  The doctors, by helping the patient face the truth of their state of health, are not labeled killjoys or accused of laying heavy guilt trips on the patient.  Why is our Creator treated in such a fashion when it is He who not only diagnoses our condition but has endured so much personal pain and humiliation to provide the ultimate remedy?
Sin is like a cancer to our soul.  If it is left unchecked, the end result is spiritual death.  The Holy Bible is God’s Word given to man, not to inflict guilt but rather to open our eyes to the Truth of our spiritual health.  I agree that too many Christians in the past (as well as some in this present day) have focused on using God’s Word as a manipulation tool to gain something for themselves.  However, this fact does not negate the Truth that permeates the Word.  The scriptures serve to deliver the diagnosis of a truth that will not cease to exist simply because we choose to ignore it.  God’s Word exists to show mankind that we need a remedy for what will kill our very souls and also serves as testimony that God has provided a remedy (eternal life) that only He can provide.  A remedy that can truly be found nowhere else.  
Most Christians know the words of John 3:16…but some miss “the rest of the story” when reading on to verse 17…
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (Italics added)
The prophecies reveal that we will all stand before the throne of judgment some day…each called to answer for the life they were given and what they chose to do with  that life.
The task of judging or condemning our fellow humans was never given to us.  We are simply to deliver the good news of Christ’s salvation offered to all.  The choice whether or not to accept this gift of salvation is a choice we are each given individually…no one else can make it for us and we cannot choose for anyone else.  Recognizing our part in this great work God is doing brings an amazing freedom and removes the guilt that would slow us down or hinder our walk with Him.  We are free from the chains of sin and death and also of the guilt that is rightfully ours.  Christ took it all to the cross with him and bore it because he knew that only He had the power to overcome death and set us free...

Guilt oppresses
Truth sets us free

Satan is our accuser
Christ is our redeemer

Satan is the "father of lies" (John 8:44)
Christ proclaims he is "the way, and the truth and the life." (John 14:6)

I choose to follow the One who has invested so much in my life...paid so dearly to set me free.  Because I care about them so very much, I pray that every person in my life will also follow the One who loves them so deeply and sacrificially.  I pray for those who do not yet know about the amazing love God has for them.  I pray and weep for those who hear the good news and yet refuse to believe for whatever reason.  I pray that God will give them every opportunity to see His goodness clearly and to be free in Him before their time runs out...
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