The greatest need in any man's life is forgiveness. God stands ready to freely offer it. The great tragedy of the human condition is that too many are too proud or two stubborn or too unconcerned or too preoccupied to receive it.
The more basic problem in our society today is that too many people do not believe in sin any more. Ask the typical theological liberal today what they feel man's fundamental need in life is and they will probably tell you that what men need today is not forgiveness, but enlightenment. Ignorance, not sin, they say is man's real problem. Many Americans have bought the lie. In the early seventies Karl Menninger, a noted psychiatrist, wrote a book entitled: Whatever Became of Sin? In it Menninger rightly lamented the disappearance of sin from the vocabulary of the nation. He even deplored its absence even from the teaching and preaching of the church.
What has been the result? Most Americans see little relationship between their belief about God and faith in Christ and their behavior with their body.
Since wisdom is the answer to our eternal hope, many in our culture believe it does not matter what one does with his or her body.
Believing the body to be quite separate from the soul, they assume that it does not matter what the body does. Their actions, they believe, have no effect on the soul. The result was a wicked lifestyle. The notion of sin and the need for forgiveness is alien to them.
Orthodox Christian faith, on the other hand, teaches that mankind has a spiritual dilemma called sin. The only answer to this dilemma is the forgiving grace of God.
In a poem entitled "My Advocate," Martha Nicholson
portrays the adequacy of Christ's death on the cross. She
I sinned. And straightway, posthaste, Satan flew
Before the presence of the most High God,
And made a railing accusation there.
He said, "This soul, this thing of clay and sod,
Has sinned. This true that he has named Thy name,
But I demand his death, for Thou hast said,
The soul that sinneth, it shall die.' Shall not
Thy sentence be fulfilled? Is justice dead?
Send now this wretched sinner to his doom.
What other thing can righteous ruler do?"
And thus he did accuse me day and night,
And every word he spoke, O God, was true!
Then quickly One rose up from God's right hand,
Before whose glory angels veiled their eyes.
He spoke, "Each jot and tittle of the law
Must be fulfilled; the guilty sinner dies!
But wait suppose his guilt were all transferred
To Me, and that I paid his penalty!
Behold My hands, My side, My feet! One day