Thus, a lack of faith puts us in a terrible predicament. A lack of faith makes us unacceptable to God. Our unacceptableness arises from our sinful life. This sinful past is present with everyone, and it makes us guilty before God. For instance, David, fearing judgment from God, says, “Don’t put your servant on trial, for no one is innocent before you” (Psalm 143:2). David emphasizes not only his fear of the judgment of God, but why everyone should be fearful. We should be fearful because we have all been unfaithful toward God.
No Faith Equals Death
Such unfaithfulness makes people not only guilty before God, but dead. Death is synonymous with sin. When one sins, they become corpses before God. For example, when Ananias and Sapphira lied to God, they died immediately” (Acts 5:1-11). This death might seem unthinkable today. Nevertheless, people die immediately and spiritually when they lie or commit any sin against God. So, Scripture states, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). In other words, when we sin, we die. We do not have to wait to experience death. Waiting is unnecessary because death happens at once with sin, making faith even more important.
A Boat of Death
So, since all people were unfaithful at one time or another, all are as ‘good as dead’ or guilty as dead. Such death is according to our inability to follow God’s commandments. This inability is true for everyone. In fact, Scripture says, “No one can ever make himself or herself right with God by doing what the law commands. The law (God’s commandments) simply shows us how sinful we are” (Romans 3:20). The apostle Paul stresses that everyone is in the same boat of sin, which is a sign of our inability to live righteously on earth. Hence, a life before faith is inevitably tragic. Nevertheless, there is reason to hope.