I’ve had a lot more questions than answers lately. Sometimes that happens to me. I’ll go through a period of time when I’m reading the Bible and seem to be coming up with answers to questions that I’ve had for years or ones I’m thinking about currently and sometimes I read the bible and have nothing but more questions. This has been the case lately. Last week I wrote about our clean status, how I thought, because of scripture, that we were made clean by Jesus’ death. That question came from reading John 15:3. If you continue reading until verse 22 you may have another question, at what point do we become sinners?
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.John 15:22
Couple things, if we are not aware of Jesus and God and the Holy Spirit can we be guilty of sin? There is no frame of reference, how can we be guilty of something that we don’t know exist? To me this verse is highlighting that, Jesus is saying that because these people now have heard and seen they are not innocent to the gospel. They now have a choice to make and that choice is life or death. There are two directions to go from here, one is thinking about people in foreign nations that have never heard the gospel and if you’re like me you’ve always questioned whether or not someone who does not know automatically goes to hell. I don’t like that thought and I feel like the answer may be deeper than my understanding will allow.
So I want to cover the other direction, once you have heard you cannot be ignorant. You cannot unhear the message of Christ. I’m no fire and brimstone guy but to me, that is what this scripture is saying that because you know the Father any decision but to follow Him is sinful. The options are black and white at this point. You either believe and walk according to His will or you don’t. And if you don’t then you have no excuse but more importantly you have no salvation. I think many of us have been caught in this trap. You have heard but don’t feel like it requires a decision or action on your part. The reality is that you do know the truth and choosing to ignore it is not an option. Choosing to neglect it is not an option. The alternative is death and I don’t mean earthly death, I mean the eternal kind.
For me, it is not some ridiculous philosophy or theology that gets me. It’s the simple question of “what if it’s true?” What if everything you’ve heard about Jesus is true and heaven is real? I don’t want to be caught in the middle or unsure, I want to know my answer. Once you know you can’t UNknow. It doesn’t work that way.