There is a place so dark that we dare to even imagine it. That darkness contains absolutely no light whatsoever. It’s complete death. It is pure evil and wickedness. No man wants to enter this place. No man has the humility to lower themselves to walk in and sit down here. How dare we even think of such a place? Can we imagine a place where our own children would murder us in cold blood? Can we imagine a place where we wouldn’t think twice about hurting our loved ones to the point of death? The highest forms of torture and violence are not only planned here, but they are celebrated. The most atrocious act of hatred and evil that you can imagine, bringing joy and celebration in this dark place. The inhabitants here receive so much gladness from the utter terror going on around them, they cry in exultation of the despair. They desire nothing more than to relish in the suffering of one another, cheering one another on in acts of hatred. Racism. Murder. Lies. Cheating. Rape. Disgust at ones own body. Incest. Greed. Abuse. Harsh words. Terrorism. Disease. Death. Depression. Addiction. Identity Crisis. Empty of mercy. Pride. Gossip. Deception. Arguing. Disorder in the family. The are boastful and disobedient. They are jealous and are full of EVERY kind of wickedness. The wickedness they know is not enough, so they invent new ways to be wicked. Promise breakers and haters of God, that’s what they are. (Romans 1:29-31) They call out to the clouds to bring hurricanes and they scream to the flames of fires to grow bigger and stronger to burn people alive. In this place they try their absolute hardest to outdo one another in evil acts, wanting absolutely nothing to do with mercy or grace. Hating everything that gives light or hope.
or you will hear shrieks of the highest pitch your ear drums may bleed. In this place of darkness you will have to prove yourself to get in. You will be tested to see how strong your hatred really is. How evil are you? Are you worthy of being here? Do you puff yourself up in pride because of how much you know? Can you murder your own flesh and blood? Do you lie on your taxes and look at others in anger? What about your attitude, is it hateful and frustrated? Are you REALLY bad enough to come in and compete for the place of the most wretched?
There is a place of light that broken men dream of, but cannot truly begin to imagine. Do we dare to try and comprehend a place where absolutely no darkness can exist? Where the slightest hint of evil or immorality can’t enter? No man has the authority to enter here. No man could ever comprehend the holiness that is in this place. Perfection, what is that? Do we even have the capacity to understand all that is in this place of holiness? A place where nobody is allowed besides the creator, because one touch from the created would defile it completely. There is a place where even maggots praise their creator, and their creator finds great joy in their worship and praise. This place exudes with all kinds of the things man loves to imagine. Peace. Joy. Love. Grace. Mercy. Justice. Goodness. Truth. Health. Forgiveness. Rest. Abundance. Fullness.
How do we get from one heart, to the other heart? How am I able to get from pure evil to goodness? If the heart of GOD cannot be touched by the darkness, and I am only darkness, how will I ever get to the heart of GOD. I am not that bad. I do not wish to hurt my children. I do not wish to rape, and I try my hardest to be honest. I hate terrorism and racism. I am not completely evil. I am not that bad. I struggle, but I love God.
“For from within, out of people’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, promiscuity, stinginess, blasphemy, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a person.” Mark 7:21-23
Consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 1 Corinthians 1:26–29
“as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one. There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away; all alike have become useless. There is no one who does what is good, not even one.”
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!” Ephesians 2:4-5
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24
“Though they were not yet born, and had done nothing either good or bad — in order that God’s purpose to choose might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls.” Romans 9:11
“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
ANY good in you comes from Him alone, and any evil that you do NOT take part in comes from Him alone. You are the created, He is the Creator. He takes your rebel heart of stone and turns it to heart of flesh. He brings you from death to life. He redeems your evil and can use you for good, for His glory. It is only by the saving grace of Jesus on the cross that you are able to enter the throne room of God and bow at His feet and worship Him. It is his mercy that restrains you from what your heart of wickedness would choose on your own. This is why we worship King Jesus. This is why we call God our Father, Adonai. Master. This is how we come to the right position of worship and awe before our perfect creator. Again, you get to the heart of GOD through Christ, and through Christ alone. If this reality that perfection would choose to welcome in radical corruption and give it the chance to be new doesn’t bring you to fall on your knees in praise and desire and longing to experience the holiness that is our God, then my heart truly breaks for you. There is no possibility that once you grasp how bad you truly are and how good God truly is that you can possibly turn down His offer of forgiveness.
“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; “
1 Timothy 2:1-8