Measured against a false standard

Mark Twain once said that the sections of the Bible that gave him the most trouble were not those he couldn’t understand, but rather the sections he could. That’s the thing about Jesus’ teaching; it challenges the assumptions that so many of us base our lives on, and tells us that if we persist in them we’ll remain spiritually impoverished. So, for example, in a recent survey eighty five percent of drivers rated themselves as above average.But in reality only forty nine percent of anything can be above average.
However, that survey does give an insight into human nature: People who view themselves as better than most are measuring themselves against a false standard. That’s where the Bible becomes so disconcerting when it says the ultimate standard is the glory of God, and we all fall short of it. That’s why we need his forgiveness and our spiritual renewal.

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