Bible teacher Francis Chan very poignantly lists out 2 lies that people have bought into. We (both Christians and non-Christians) hear these lies so often that we barely stop to think about it. That is the scary part. It will seep into our mind and sound like a truth to us.
Francis believes that these are the lies that are told every day in America and people are believing them.
Here they are.
The idea that we are all "good people" is really common. Every funeral you go to, you will hear people say, "He was a good person" or "She was a good person".
Somehow, we have this believe that if we do more good than bad, then by nature, we are a good person.
How is that a lie? Because God said so.
"…for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written, ‘There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.' "
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Maybe everyone have been telling you that you are a good person. Maybe you even think so yourself. And then, you have the Word of God.
God looks down and sees none who are righteous, none who are good and that everyone had sinned. The wages of sin is death. Everyone deserve that punishment.
Remember the story of Noah. God did destroy the whole world.
That brings us to the second lie.
Many people are not willing to believe that a loving God would punish, that there is no such thing as hell.
Yet, He would.
He is a loving God. But He is also a God of Justice and a God of Wrath too. Remember, He flood the whole earth due to the wickedness that was prevalent during Noah's time.
There will be a day of punishment - it is written clearly in the book of Revelation.
That is why we need Jesus. If we are all good and God doesn't punish, then there will be no need for Jesus.
We need what Jesus did on the Cross for us.
We need to be saved by Him - His Grace, His Love and His Sacrifice.