(No cheating!)

Alright, what I'll do is show you The 10 Commandments from Exodus chapter 20 in the Bible, and then I'm going to ask you simple questions to see where you stand on each commandment.  Once you're done, we'll take it from there.  You may or may not like your results.  We're not here to judge you; that's why YOU'RE taking the test - YOU'RE doing an honest self-examination.  Before we start, let's set the premise with some facts about God:

God is 100% Holy, and therefore can neither tolerate sin, nor can He ever co-exist with sin.  (Jeremiah 17:9, Isaiah 59:2, Revelation 21:8)

God is good and just, and therefore must punish all sin.  (Exodus 23:7, Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18,  Proverbs 17:15, Ezekiel 18:4, Nahum 1:3, etc.)

Okay, here we go:

First Commandment - (Exodus 20:2-3)  "You shall have no other gods before Me"

Have you ever placed anyone or anything before God (money, people, sex, power, hobbies, things, etc.)?

If you have, even once, the Law condemns you as an idolater.

Second Commandment - (Exodus 20:4-6)  "Don't worship or serve any graven idols."  

Have you ever worshiped anyone or anything?

If you have, even once, the Law condemns you as an idolater.  The Bible says that God becomes jealous when we commit this sin because He loves us SO MUCH that He can't stand for anything to come between Him and you.

Third Commandment - (Exodus 20:7)  "You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His Name."

Have you ever used the Lord's Holy Name in vain?  (example - "God dam**t!"  "Oh my God!"  "Jesus Christ!")

If you have, even once, the Bible says that you will stand guilty before God in the Day of Judgment as a blasphemer of God's Holy Name.

The Bible records a story of a young man who was commanded to be stoned to death by God Himself because he blasphemed God's Holy Name with a curse (Leviticus 24:10-23).

Fourth Commandment - (Exodus 20:8)  "Observe the Sabbath Day by keeping it holy."

Have you always kept the Sabbath Day holy?  Do you work 7 days a week or do you set aside a day for rest?  The Bible emphasizes obeying this important commandment.  We all need rest each week, and the Lord has provided this holy observance for that very purpose.  

Breaking this commandment, even once, has very severe consequences.  Such a person would be condemned by the Law as a Sabbath Day breaker.

The Bible records an incident where a man was caught gathering wood on the Sabbath Day.  God commanded him to be stoned to death (Numbers 15:32-36).

Fifth Commandment - (Exodus 20:12)  "Honor your father and mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you."

Have you  always consistently obeyed your parent(s) and/or authorities in thought, word, and deed?  

If not, even once, you have broken this commandment and are judged by the Law to be rebellious to authority.

Sixth Commandment - (Exodus 20:13)  "You shall not murder."

Have you ever taken the life of another human being (not including times of declared war or criminal justice)?  

Did you know that God is SO HOLY that He even considers unjust anger, slander, and hatred as murder (Matthew 5:21-22; 1 John 3:15)?  Have you ever done any of those things?

If you have, even once, you have broken this commandment, and are now condemned by the Law as a murderer on the same level as a person who has unjustly taken the physical life of another human being.

Seventh Commandment - (Exodus 20:14)  "You shall not commit adultery."

Have you ever engaged in sexual activities with someone you weren't sincerely married to?  For you virgins out there - have you ever watched pornography with lust?  Have you ever lusted after anyone in your heart?  God said in the Bible that He considers such things to be just as bad as actually having sex (Matthew 5:27-28).  He continued to say that sin is so serious that a person would be better off maiming themselves than to be pushed into Hell (Matthew 5:29-30).

If you have committed this sin, even once, you are condemned by the Law as an adulterer the same as those who, for example, constantly have immoral sex for selfish pleasure.

Eighth Commandment - (Exodus 20:15)  "You shall not steal."

Have you ever stolen anything from anyone?  Value doesn't matter with God at all.  He doesn't care how young and naive you were.  He doesn't even care if you've stolen non-tangible things from people, like their honor or reputation for example.

If you have committed this sin, even once, you are condemned by the Law as a thief the same as those who steal FOR A LIVING.

Ninth Commandment - (Exodus 20:16)  "You shall not lie."

Have you ever lied against anyone ("white lies" count with God too)?

If you have committed this sin, even once,  you are condemned by the Law as a liar the same as those who ALL THE TIME.

Tenth Commandment - (Exodus 20:17)  "You shall not covet (desire to the point of pursuing) something (or someone) that doesn't belong to you."

Have you ever lusted after someone or something that you knew wasn't yours to seek after, but you wanted him/her/it anyway, and so you seek after that person or thing?

If you have committed this sin, even once, you are condemned by the Law as a covetous person.

(drum roll please...)

So, how did you do?  Do you think you did good enough?  Yes?  No?  I find that most people, after taking a good, hard look at themselves through the mirror of the Word of God, finally begin to see how utterly sinful and nasty mankind is.

The Book of Romans tells us that the Law of Moses wasn't given to mankind so that we could earn reconciliation with God, but rather so we could learn of our true nature and hopeless situation in and of ourselves.

"What about good works?" you may ask.  The Bible has an answer:

"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away." (Isaiah 64:6)

Here is God's diagnosis (Romans 3:9-18) for sinful humanity (everyone):

What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin.
As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."
"Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit." "The poison of vipers is on their lips."
"Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness."
"Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know."
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."

(Also see Jeremiah 17:9 and Romans 5:12;17)

The more I read the Bible, the more I find out that "bad" people don't go to Hell; SINNERS go to Hell.  The person who tells white lies deserves judgment just as much as the mass murderer, for both have transgressed God's Holy Law.

If you were to stand before God right now, would you honestly believe you would be judged innocent or  guilty?  If a regular judge would be considered crooked for throwing your case out when you're CLEARLY guilty, HOW MUCH MORE A HOLY GOD?  The Bible makes it clear - everyone deserves to go to hell (Romans 5:12,17), BUT God in His unconditional love for mankind took upon the image of a man, just like us, and came onto the world.  Jesus lives a sinless life and died on the cross for the sins of mankind. 

(Romans 3:19-31)

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--
he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too,
since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.
Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.

The Bible clearly tells us that by faith in Jesus and faith in His blood, we are redeemed from our sin and are made righteous with God (1 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:17) by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Jesus didn't come into this world to create a new religion; rather, He came into the world to redeem mankind from our fallen state from our intimate relationship with the Heavenly Father.

How Can I Receive the Righteousness of God?

  1. Admit your need to God. (I am a sinner.)

  2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).

  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.

  4. Through sincere prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit.  (Receive Him as Lord and Savior).

If you've asked Jesus Christ to be your personal Savior and Lord, please tell us about your important decision by e-mailing us!  God bless you and have a great day!

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