Mankind’s Standard of Righteousness

We all, since Adam, have been corrupted with a propensity to live according to our own view of what is right (righteousness), and not submit to God’s standard of righteousness (Rom. 5:15,17). We see some areas of our lives that are good. We readily deceive ourselves into thinking that because of this, we ARE GOOD. This would be the deceptive “side” of the Tree of the Knowledge of GOOD and Evil. It is our fallen nature to believe we are good, or at least good enough. This incorrect way of thinking reduces God to be more like mankind, and mankind to be more like God. We by nature, compare ourselves to ourselves to determine our own goodness. We all can be quick to point a finger at someone who we think is “worse” than us. This is our way of feeling better about who we are, despite our sins and failures. Most of us never think of ourselves as being “that bad”. But, if we are relying on God to accept us according to our own moral goodness and performance, there is only one standard of righteousness that He can compare us to and judge us by. There is only one standard that is truly right. Jesus said all the Law and prophets hang on these two commandments: “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” and “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37-40). This summarizes God’s standard of righteousness. Have you always kept these two commands? Are you keeping them right now? If not, then you should NOT WANT God to judge you according to your works. Instead, you should want The Way to escape being judged by what you have done.