No One Is Good, All Have Sinned
There are differing points of view on humanity. Some believe people are basically good. Others believe people are a mixture of good and bad, hoping to outweigh the bad with enough good. Still others believe no one is good.
What might one believe if they supposed people were basically good? How do you determine what is good to begin with? How is goodness measured?
Let’s look at what Romans 3:10-26 NKJV says about this topic.
As it is written:“There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.”18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
What does the above Scripture say about people?
What does it say about the “law”?
What term is used to describe or label someone who breaks the law? (Guilty or Innocent)
List below as many of the Ten Commandments as you can. (hint: Deuteronomy 5:6-21)
Have you kept every one of the Ten Commandments since you were born? (Yes or No)
Based the Ten Commandment criteria, are you considered guilty or innocent?
In a court of law, what happens to someone is found guilty of a crime?
Where does righteousness (or goodness) come from according to verse 3:21-22?
How is His righteousness demonstrated in verses 3:25-26?
How is someone justified according to verses 3:24-26?