(Sorry I didn’t send this right after Part I.) Part I referred to author Bruce Catton’s regret that humanity had lost faith in itself. I can remember wondering where he got that information. Nothing in society in 1978 hinted that humanity had lost interest in being egotists. Certainly nothing in 2018 offers that possibility.
Indeed, we’re encouraged today to explore our possibilities and potentials. To forget the limitations religion wants to clamp on behavior and accelerate behaviors that satisfy our personality.
Common sense tells us that a limit exists to how high we can jump; how far we can leap; how much weight we can lift or how fast we can run. It seldom occurs to us that such limits exist for our capability to find peace with God. We can research and rebuild a community that existed in the past, then fell into ruin. That doesn’t mean we determine the composition of the after-life. Many people have it all summarized: we live, we die, we appear before God and bargain with him for a place in Heaven. He gives a little, we may have to give a lot, but an acceptable compromise is always possible.
Wrong. Absolutely wrong. There’s only so high we can jump now, but there’s no way we can jump over obstacles that will always prevent us entering Heaven. We can’t now even bear up under the burden of sin. And we’ll never find a way to remove from us the sin that will always prevent access to God. –End Part II-