“For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”16:7b NASB
C.S. Lewis is one of my most favorite Authors. In his great work, “Mere Christianity“, Lewis had this to say about ethics:
All quotes are from “Mere Christianity”:
“One man may be so placed that his anger sheds the blood of thousands and another so placed that however angry he gets he will only be laughed at. But the little mark on the soul may be much the same in both. Each has done something to himself which, until he repents, will make it harder for him to keep out of the rage next time he is tempted, and will make the rage worse when he does fall into it. Each of them, if he seriously turns to God, can have that twist in the central man straightened out again; each is, in the long run, doomed if he will not. The bigness or smallness of the thing, seen from outside, is not what really matters.”
“Good people know about both good and evil. Bad people do not know about either.”
“While the rule of chastity is the same for all Christians at all times, the rule of propriety changes. A girl in the Pacific Islands wearing hardly any clothes and a Victorian lady completely covered in clothes might both be equally ‘modest’; proper or decent, according to the standards of their own societies; and both, for all we could tell by their dress, might be equally chaste (or equally unchaste).
It all boils down to what is in our hearts.
It doesn’t matter what others think about what is in our hearts, although most of us crave the adoration and approval of some one.
In fact, outward appearances can be quite deceiving. Planned Parenthood is a very good example. They claim to offer medical services for females, that, without their help, all females would be deprived of. The intent of the founder of Planned Parenthood was that all “undesirable races and people” be either eliminated or reduced to manageable numbers. It was the writings of that founder that inspired Hitler. He wrote about it in his own diseased journals. Both Planned Parenthood and Hitler have lived up to the intent of their desires.
Now, that may be an extreme case of the ethics of Hell. But let that serve as a good example.
As Christians, we are to be more like Christ. As we grow in the knowledge of Jesus, and the Spirit of God works in you, to become more Christ Like, you will find that the decisions you make are more eternal than you think.
I will give you another example. Say you, as a Christian, run across a person in genuine need. It doesn’t matter what that need is, you fill in the blanks. I actually heard a brother in the Lord say, “I would have helped that person, but I don’t know but that God may be putting that person through that thing in order to grow that person up.”
What that brother failed to realize, as he was doing the wrong thing for the right reason, is; Maybe God put that person in YOUR life just to see what YOU would do, and in failing to do that, whatever act of Grace, or Mercy you should have done, you yourself missed out on the growth, the blessing, the grace and the mercy for yourself. None of us, unless God has spoken directly to you about a person, knows what is really going on with someone. But when God places them in our path, we are to act toward them just as we would want God to act toward us. Let us stop making excuses for our unfaithfulness.
So you will know, and we will all be accountable for our gifts of knowledge, I am going to spell out some of the “Ethics of Hell”.
1. Doing the wrong thing. example: Orphaned children in Puerto Rico are being rounded up daily, and used as sex slaves. After they are used up in that trade, they are taken out to the edges of town and used as target practice for criminals, gangs, and some police officers, and their police dogs. God forgive me and all the rest of us who know this and do nothing about it. God make us able to do something about it.
2. Doing the wrong thing for the right reason. example: I see someone in need, but I do not have the resources to meet that need. Instead of asking for God’s provision for that person, or consulting someone who is in a better position to help, you steal something and give it to them, believing God will look the other way. That is the Robin Hood stuff that our current Government is made of. If you do harm to one person in order to do good for another, you have still been part of the harm.
3. Doing the right thing for the wrong reason. example: You know of a family in need. You meet that need, but not in the way that your right hand does not know what your left hand is doing. You meet that need simply so others will recognize how “spiritual and Christian” you are. Publicity is probably not your only motive, either. You probably are slowly positioning yourself so that enough people will think highly enough of you so you can impose your personal agenda on others. God has His own agenda, and doesn’t need yours.
4. Doing Nothing at all. example – Take any of the examples above, and do nothing at all about it. Don’t pray about it, don’t help, don’t get involved. don’t feel compassion for others. Don’t feel mercy or grace. I guarantee, if you do this, you will get from God exactly what you have put into it.
You don’t need anyone’s permission to obey God, and do the right thing. You WILL be laughed at, despised, called names, and people will actually try to stop you, some will even be “Christians” and other well-intentioned dragons.
Do it any way. Cross that street. Give to that person in need. Stand between evil and the ones who will commit that evil. The reason you weren’t raptured the day you got saved is that God is not done with your NEW LIFE. It will be better for you to do this and lose everything than to commit the ethics of hell and save your own skin.
The simple fact of my writing this means I will be put to the test. If you have actually read this far, then you are also accountable. Just be careful of your intentions. Whatever you do, what ever you don’t do, say, or think (As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he) know that God is seeing your INTENTION. Whatever it is you intend, it will also be done to you, in the same measure. This is why we are not to worry about what others will think of us.
We are free, by the Blood of Jesus Christ to be called the sons and daughters of God. We have been given the authority of Jesus to do what Jesus has commanded all of us to do.
Let’s be about it.
2 thoughts on “More on The Ethics of Hell (What Makes Us Unworthy of Christ)”
one quick note as this is largely about intent. “the path you are on always has more bearing on your destination than your intention”. -David Beatty. if i drive to hwy 50, it doesnt matter if my intent is to go to st louis. i can pack for it, fuel up my car, pray, visualize myself there. however, if in that journey i head west on 50 instead of east, no matter how great my intent was on going to st louis, ill wind up in jeff city. just a thought my brother
Then, for some reason, you chose to ignore the map before you set out. That would show the intent of willful ignorance. This is an interesting exercise in logic, but the claim of Christianity is that you have already left your old path and are following Christ. If the evidence of your walk proves you are not on the Christian path, then you are either lying to yourself, or you are trying to lie to someone else. The whole path of Christian intention starts when you willfully abandon the path you are on in order that God may set you on the right path. So, if I claim I am going to St. Louis, but end up in Jefferson City, then I either did not understand what I was setting out to do, or I didn’t have the wisdom to consult the map. Whether the traveler set out in ignorance or willful deceit, the traveler has still accomplished the wrong thing for the right reason.