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We're Either Seeking to Justify Ourselves Or Seeking the Truth

If you really, honestly desire the truth, you'll always end up at Jesus Christ. There are not many ways to the truth, there is just The Way, The Truth, and The Life, and He is the only way to the Father. I begin with such a declaration because I've come to a conclusion: everyone on the earth is really only seeking one of two things: the truth, or to justify themselves (their life and way of thinking). All of our actions point to one or the other. Those who are "deconstructing" their faith don't want answers, they want to reject what they grew up with; those who are compromising the word of God don't want truth, they want to have God on their terms and to justify their mindset and lifestyles.

If you were to examine each ideology on the earth, no two agree with each other (there's a reason there's so many splits and offshoots of each belief system). Those who wish to paint Jesus as "inclusive" are no different. I'm not saying Jesus doesn't love or did not die for everyone: He did. YET His love and mercy also require His justice, which requires a standard He set, which also requires judgement.

I say that if you want the truth, you'll end up at Jesus because when it comes down to it, the one thing each belief system can agree on is that the world is not what it ought to be, there's something wrong, something missing, and something to be fixed. Jesus came to do just that, because the "something wrong" is our sin: we are rebellious against our creator, and feel we know better than the One who designed us on how to rule our lives (hence our need to justify ourselves). This rebellion leads to death; the penalty for sin (rebellion) is always death. Jesus came as a substitute for our righteous penalty, and He nailed our sin to the cross along with His body. Sin has lost its power because of the cross! He was buried in the ground for three days, burying our sin and selfishness with Him. He walked out of that tomb, alive, three days later, thus destroying the side effect of our sin: death. some day, because He lives, we, too, shall rise again. He is, even now, at the right hand of the Father, advocating for those who are His, and He will return some day to make all things new. He justifies those who truly seek Him.

So which one are you? Are you seeking to justify yourself, or seeking the truth? If you want truth, seek Jesus. If you want yourself, be warned, because, in the end, we all receive what we seek. 2 Corinthians 5:1-21

For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

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