the bible on this issue:
There is none righteous, not even one; there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God; all have turned aside, together they have become useless; there is none who does good, there is not even one. (Rom 3:10-12)
Most folks neither recognize nor understand God’s holy nature. He can’t tolerate sin. It’s like taking a wire you’ve plugged into a wall socket and touched the two wires together at the opposite end. There’s nothing you can do that will stop the circuit breaker from tripping. They cannot exist in harmony. Good and Evil cannot coexist, regardless of what those bogus bumper stickers advertise.
Another problem is that many of us use ourselves as a standard of goodness. “I’m not like my neighbor, who gets drunk and beats his wife.” Or, “I’m not like those folks in the jailhouse.” But we’ve all got our dirty little secrets, don’t we? And God sees those things. For the most part, they are small—they take place in the blink of an eye and are quickly forgotten. But they reveal the evil in you. And given the right circumstances, you would become a monster. Ask Hitler. He was a housepainter with a little black spot deep down inside. Look what became of him when he was put in a position of power.
Lastly, most don’t know or don’t believe the bible when it condemns sin. They believe that because they practice good customer service skills—smile, be pleasant, and ignore negativity in others—God will accept them. If this was true, then God wasted a whole lot of time and effort being tortured and killed for your sake. Where were you when God was designing the plan of salvation? He should have asked for your advice on what it took to be a “good” person, acceptable to live in His presence!
Of course, many are doing just that. The old bromide, “don’t smoke, drink or swear” was once widely popular as a standard of how righteous a person was. In the last decade, however, standards have been relaxed. Now, smoking “safer” cigarettes, getting drunk only on New Year’s Eve, and using “intelligent” profanity is all winked at by God.
All say the same thing: I don’t need the blood of Christ. I’m good enough on my own. Maybe I sin now and then, but I’ve done a lot of good in my life too. That should count for something. They believe God will weigh the good they’ve done against the “mistakes” they made. Guess what? He won’t. If you’re found without Christ, you will lose your eternal soul. Why? Because it ain’t about being good or bad; it’s whether or not you’ve accepted the sacrifice Christ made for you on the cross.
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:5, 6)