Condemn: 1. to express an unfavorable or adverse judgment on; indicate strong disapproval of; censure. 2. to pronounce to be guilty.
We all know and many have memorized John 3:16 which says that God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son into the world that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
That verse is the hope of salvation for people today. The Word of God teaches us that there is much more to salvation than "belief" in Jesus because we are told elsewhere that demons, too, believe in Jesus and shudder. James 2:19
John 3:17 tells us that God didn't send Jesus into the world to condemn the world but that the world, through him, might be saved. Jesus came to preach the good news that He had come, at the Father's urging. He was there, in their presence, Emmanuel, God With Us and that any who believed in their heart that he was God's only begotten son and confessed it with their mouth, would be saved from their sin. But, and this is a big but, as he told the woman at the well, he did not come to condemn her; (he was there to offer her his atonement for her sins) that she was to go and sin no more. He didn't condemn her, he forgave her, showed her mercy and when she looked at herself in the light of his glory and grace, she knew, too, that she needed to go and sin no more and follow Him.
This is where so many people are; even today. Living in sin; maybe not even knowing it is sin because somewhere along the way, long, long ago, we lost our way, we lost what it meant to tell the truth to ourselves and others what is right and what is wrong. We stopped using the word, "sin", and stopped looking at ourselves in the light of His glory and grace. And so began our deception of ourselves to the point that now we're not really even sure we are sinning.
Somewhere along the way, we stopped seeing excessive drinking, now known as alcoholism, as sin and started telling ourselves we were "sick"; we have a "disease".
Somewhere along the way, we stopped seeing gluttony as a sin, we started seeing it as needing to diet or overeating or food addiction, and again gave ourselves another sickness.
Somewhere we forgot that lying is a sin and started calling it the "little white lie" or "stretching the truth" or "not hurting someone's feelings".
Somewhere we forgot that having sex outside of marriage is called fornication. Now it's called "a trial"; most people would probably never get married today without at least "trying out" their partner to see if they "click" or "if it's any good".
Adultery? What is adultery? Divorce and the fact that it's so easy to get one and they are so easily accepted has caused us to stop looking at the fact that God intended us to have one mate for life.
I remember when I was growing up people only mentioned homosexuality behind closed doors or in whispers. Now it's the "alternative" life style and it's become "cool" and in words from my youth "in style" to be homosexual; no longer called queer or odd but "gay".
I would bet my last dollar that most people don't even know what the word "covet" means, let alone the fact that God called it a sin. We covet people's money, fame, cars, homes, clothing, children, spouses, yards, etc., on a personal level and oil, gold, silver, gas and other costly, highly essential materials, needed to operate in the world today, by countries far and wide.
The commandment to honor our father and mothers is a lost art. We are all struggling with the loss of control over our children as the government gives them more and more rights and gives parents less and less. It seems as though the parents' world revolves around their children instead of their children being a part of their world (and not necessarily in a good way). Many are want to have it all, a job everyone will covet, a spouse everyone will admire and a fine home, two, or more, high end automobiles, toys galore and what can we do with these children, who will watch them, train them, take care of them, why can't we have year round schools? Our children are suffering as a result of our need to show everyone how great and successful we are and our failure to tell them the truth. This failure to tell them the truth comes from our not knowing the truth and our not knowing the truth comes from a famine of hearing the word of God.
In the book of Amos, Chapter 8, verses 11 through 14, God spoke of a time when mankind would stumble around in darkness because of a lack of hearing his word, the truth, and that few would know the reason for their failure. Go HERE to read a study done by the Bereans on this famine and how God came to enact this curse.
Obviously, in 6,000 years of mankind's dominion over the earth, there has always been a very small number of people who have clung to the the rules and regulations set forth by God and a desire to know the truth. They're there in the Bible; the faithful ones. (The unfaithful ones, too.) But for us who live here at the end of this age, the lies are so deep, the disconnect so old that sometimes it's very hard to find the truth. I can even see why some people choose not to believe. For me, personally, life has no appeal or purpose if all I am here to do is take up space, have a really "successful" me-centered life and die and return to dust.
I have to believe that God created me for a purpose, that I am to lead a God-centered life, that I am here to do what He wants me to do. I know the real me - the selfish, dirty minded, mean spirited, self-centered, me-centric person - who could, would and has broken each and every law set forth by God in His commandments.
Thank God, He knew my frailty and my ability to fail, so that He provided a way for me to get back to Him and the truth, by accepting and loving His son, by inviting His Spirit to live within me, to lead me by living inside me; and giving me a hope for the future - a blessed hope that when my body dies, my spirit will live on, through ages to come, with Him, in a place that is far kinder, more lovely, beautiful, loving, and just, and without sin, sickness and death.
Are you, too, tired of lies, deception and a meaningless life, then turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in His wonderful face, and the things of life will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace. You will find the truth waiting for you when you do.
Remember this, though, He is coming again and the next time, it will not be to offer atonement for our sin and salvation; it will be to judge and he will condemn those who did not seek him, hear his voice, accept the gift He offered and follow Him.