What is the source of human conflict?
How could a man enter a police station in Detroit and open fire? Why does someone plant a luggage bomb in Russia? Why does a man choose to leave his wife for a relationship with a woman he met on the internet? What was a man thinking when his temper forced his family to be locked out of their house in the freezing cold?
Today’s leading experts on the human condition would never think of using the word “sin” or “sinful” to describe the state of mankind. Instead, most would point to an experience in childhood, a medical condition, a failed relationship with a parent, or some other tragedy.
Today sin is almost a four-letter word – even in many churches. How is it that someone can expect to be “saved” if there is nothing to be saved from? “I don’t need salvation, I need a therapy session to exorcise my demons”.
We can have knowledge of God’s word and even say we agree with it, but unless we face the truth of our own personal sin and a life in darkness, then it “is impossible to walk in the light as He is in the light.” (1 John 1:7)
Verse eight continues, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”.
But there is Good News.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Only when we face our sinful condition and repent are we able to be in relationship with God and have real fellowship with each other.