A friend posted a passage of Scripture on his Facebook page. It was Joshua’s call to the Israelites to choose whether they would serve the God who delivered them from slavery in Egypt or serve the gods of their own making.
The response to this man’s posting of Scripture was fascinating.
First, this tolerant crowd replied with anger. Their words harsh, judgmental, demeaning, and condemning. There was no dialog with others or joy in being asked whom they would serve.
Second, the commenters relied upon their own personal sense of morality to dictate their actions. Surprisingly, they all believed their actions were good; praising and validating their own self-righteousness.
Third, these angry humanists dismissed the idea of a God who judges sin and that He should judge them. They had each chosen their own god, and that god looked just like them.
The God of the Bible offers mercy and love to those who abandon self to trust in Jesus alone:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through HIm might be saved.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed (John 3:16-20).