Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:40 AM

Are People Sinners or Victims?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:40 AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 4:40 AM

Are we a victim of our environment, or are we responsible for our own sins? Throughout the Bible each person is shown to be guilty of their own lawlessness. The word lawlessness is not used just because of the Law of Moses, but because it shows that everyone is guilty of trespassing God’s law throughout the ages.

To be depicted as guilty one would have to think in legal terms and this is exactly what the Bible demonstrates. God sees each of us as trespassing the law of God, each sin is a sin against God, and therefore a breaking of the law. Breaking the law is lawlessness. The Devil did not make us do it and Adam is not our excuse.

“Now that Christ’s original grace has nullified for everyone any possible guilt deriving from Adam’s sin, each person is counted guilty because of his own sin and no one else’s. This idea of personal responsibility for personal sins is taught, e.g., in Jer. 17:10; Ezek. 18:4, 20; Rom 14:12; 2 Cor. 5:10; and Rev 2:23.”[1]

Each one is responsible and each one will stand for judgment.  Each person is guilty and will be found guilty. So what is the difference between believers and unbelievers on judgment day? Believers knew they were sinners and in need of a pardon. They will receive a pardon because they asked for a pardon. Unbelievers will not receive a pardon because they did not see a need for a pardon and therefore never asked for one.

Everyone wants a pardon. If we were a victim, we might have a case for a pardon on circumstances alone, but if we are guilty of lawlessness our only hope is a plea for grace and mercy. God said “I sent my only son”. God’s son, Jesus Christ said “I am the way”. The Bible never depicts anyone as a victim.



[1] Cottrell, J. (2002). The faith once for all : Bible doctrine for today (194–195). Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub.

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