Human Beings Are Born
< Mark 7:20-23 >
"And He said, 'What comes out of a man, that defiles
a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts,
adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness,
deceit, licentiousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.
All these evil things come from within and defile a man.'"
People Are Confused and
Live under Their Own Illusions
Who is most likely
to be saved?
He who thinks himself
the worst sinner
First of all, I would like to ask
you a question. How do you see yourself? Do you think you are good
or bad? What do you think?
All people live under their own illusions.
You may not be as bad as you think, nor quite as good as you think.
Who, then, do you think will lead
a better life of faith? Will it be one who thinks of himself/herself
as good? Or one who thinks of himself/herself as bad?
It is the latter. Let me ask you another
question. Who is more likely to be redeemed—the one who has
committed more sins or the one who has committed only a few sins?
The one who admits that he/she has committed countless sins is more
likely to be redeemed because the person accepts that he/she is
a grave sinner. Such a person can better accept the Word of redemption
prepared for him/her by Jesus.
When we really look at ourselves,
it is evident that we are merely masses of sin. What are human beings?
A person is only 'a seed of evildoers.' In Isaiah
59, it states that there are all kinds of iniquities in the hearts
of people. Therefore, it is clear that people are masses of sin.
However, if we define humankind as a mass of sin, many will disagree.
But, defining a person as 'a seed of evildoers'
is the correct definition. If we honestly look at ourselves, it
is clearly obvious that we are evil beings. Those who are honest
with themselves must arrive at this very same conclusion.
But, it seems that most people refuse
to admit that they are indeed masses of sin. Many live comfortably
because they do not consider themselves as sinners. Since we are
evildoers, we have created a sinful civilization. If it were not
true, we would be too ashamed to sin. However, many of us do not
feel ashamed while committing sins.
Nevertheless, their consciences know.
Everyone has a conscience that tells him/her, "It is shameful."
Adam and Eve hid themselves among the trees after they had sinned.
Today, many sinners hide themselves behind our vile culture—our
culture of sin. They hide themselves among their fellow sinners
to avoid the judgment of God.
People are deceived by their own illusions.
They think themselves to be more virtuous than others. So, when
they hear about some bad news, they cry out in rage, "How
can a person do such things? How can a man do that? How can a son
do that to his own parents?" They themselves believe that
they would not do such things.
Dear friends, it is so hard for you
to know yourselves. In order to truly know ourselves, we must first
receive the remission of sins. It takes a long time for us to obtain
the correct knowledge on our human nature, and there are so many
of us who will never find this out until the day they die.
How do those who
know themselves live?
They live hypocritical
lives trying to
Hide their sinful selves.
Sometimes we come to encounter such
people who really don't know themselves. Socrates said, "Know
yourself." However, most of us do not know what is in our
hearts: murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness,
an evil eye….
One who doesn't know oneself
has the venom of a serpent on his/her lips but speaks of goodness.
The reason for this is because the person doesn't know that
he/she was born as an inevitable sinner.
There are so many in this world who
do not know their true natures. They have deceived themselves and
end up living their lives completely wrapped up in their own deceptions.
They do not understand that they are throwing themselves into hell
because of their self–deceptions.
People Spill Sin Continuously
All Their Lives
Why are they going
Because they don't
Let's look at Mark 7:21-23.
"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil
thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness,
wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride,
foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a
man." The hearts of people are filled with evil thoughts
from the day they are conceived.
Let us just imagine that a person's
heart is made of glass and filled to the brim with some filthy liquid,
namely, our sins. What would happen if this person moved back and
forth? The filthy liquid (sin) would of course spill everywhere.
As the person moves about, sin would repeatedly spill all over the
We, who are but masses of sin, live
out our lives just like that. We spill sin wherever we go. We will
sin throughout our lives because we are masses of sin.
The problem is that we do not realize
that we are masses of sin, or in other words, the seeds of sin.
We are masses of sin and have sin in our hearts from the day of
The masses of sin are ready to overflow.
However, people do not believe that they are, in fact, inherently
sinful. They think that others lead them into sin and therefore,
they aren't the ones who are bad.
Even while committing sins, people
think that the only requirement needed to wash themselves clean
again is for sin to be expunged. They keep wiping up after themselves
every time they sin, telling themselves that it is not their own
faults. Just because we clean up after ourselves, does it mean that
it's okay to keep on spilling? We would have to continually
wipe up over and over again.
When a glass is full of sin, it will
keep on spilling. There is no use in wiping up the outside. No matter
how often we wipe the outside with our virtuous deeds, it is useless,
as long as the glass full of sin.
We are born with so much sin that
our hearts will never become empty; no matter how much sin we spill
along the way. Therefore, we commit sins throughout our lives.
When someone does not realize that
he/she is indeed just a mass of sin, he/she continues to hide his/her
sinful nature. Sin is in the hearts of all people and it does not
go away by wiping the surface clean. When we spill a little sin,
we wipe it up with cloth and when we spill again, we wipe it up
with a mop…a towel and then a rug…. We keep hoping that
if we just keep wiping up the mess over and over again, it will
be clean, but it simply spills again and again.
How long do you think this will go
on? It goes on until the day a person dies. People act sinfully
until their dying days. This is why we have to believe in Jesus
to be redeemed. To be redeemed, we need to first know ourselves.
Who can gratefully
receive Jesus' love?
Sinners who admit
that they have
committed many wrongs
Let us say there are two men who can
be compared to two glasses full of filthy liquid. Both glasses are
full of sin. One looks at himself and says, "Oh, I am such
a sinful person." Then, he gives up and goes to find someone
who can help him.
But the other one thinks that he is
not really evil. He cannot see the mass of sin within himself and
thinks that he isn't so sinful. All his life, he keeps on
wiping up the spills. He wipes up one side, and then the other side...quickly
moving over to the other side….
There are so many who carefully live
their lives, trying to have as little sin as possible to avoid spilling
it over. But since they still have sin in their hearts, what good
does it do? Being careful will not lead them any closer to Heaven.
'Being careful' puts them on the road to hell instead.
Dear friends, 'being careful'
only leads to hell. We should take this lesson to heart. When people
are careful, their sins may not spill over as much, but they are
What is in the heart of humanity?
Sin? Immorality? Yes! Evil thoughts? Yes! Is there theft? Yes! Arrogance?
We cannot help but admit to the fact
that we are masses of sin, especially when we see ourselves act
sinfully and wickedly, without being taught to do so.
It may not be as evident when we are
young. But how is it, as we get older? As we go to high school,
college, and so on, we come to realize that all that we have inside
us is sin. Is this not true? Honestly speaking, it is impossible
to hide our sinful natures. Correct? We cannot help but to spill
sin. We then regret, "I shouldn't do this." However,
we find it impossible to truly change. Why is that so? Because each
of us is born as a mass of sin.
We do not become clean simply by being
careful. What we need to know is that we are born as masses of sin
in order to be completely redeemed. Only sinners who gratefully
accept the redemption prepared by Jesus can be saved,
Those who think, "I haven't
done much wrong or sinned very much," do not believe that
Jesus took away all their sins and that they are destined for hell.
We have to know that each of us has this mass of sin within us because
we were all born with it.
If one thought, "I have not
done much wrong if only I could be redeemed for this little sin,"
then would he/she be free of sin afterwards? This can never be the
One who can be redeemed knows that
he/she is a mass of sin. He/she truly believes that Jesus took away
all our sins by being baptized in the Jordan River and that He paid
the wages of sins when He died for us.
Whether we are redeemed or not, we
all are prone to live in an illusion. We are masses of sin. That
is what we are. We can only be redeemed when we believe that Jesus
took away all our sins.
God Didn't Redeem Those
Who Have 'a Bit of Sin'
Who is the one
The one who asks
of daily sins
God doesn't redeem those with
only 'a bit of sin.' God does not even glance at those
who say, "God, I have only a little bit of sin." The
ones He shows pity for are those who say, "God, I am a mass
of sin. I am going to hell. Please save me." The complete
sinners who say, "God, I would be saved if only You saved
me. I cannot pray for repentance anymore because I know I cannot
help but to repeatedly sin. Please save me."
God saves those who depend on Him
completely. I myself tried to offer daily prayers of repentance
too, but prayers of repentance never freed me from sin. So, I knelt
down before God and prayed, "God, please take pity on me and
save me from all my sins." The ones who pray like this will
be saved. They come to believe in the redemption of God and the
baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. They will be saved.
God only delivers those who know themselves
to be masses of sin, a brood of evildoers. The ones who say, "I
have only committed this tiny sin. Please forgive me for it,"
are still sinners and God cannot save them. God only saves those
who admit to themselves that they are complete masses of sin.
In Isaiah 59:1-2, it is written, "Behold
the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor
His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated
you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you,
so that He will not hear."
Because we are born as masses of sin,
God cannot look upon us fondly. It is not because His hand is shortened,
His ear is heavy, or that He cannot hear us asking for His forgiveness.
God tells us, "Your iniquities
have separated you from Me; and your sins have hidden My face from
you, so that I will not hear." Because we have so much
sin in our hearts, we cannot enter Heaven, even if the doors are
If we, who are but masses of sin,
asked for forgiveness every time we sinned, God would have to repeatedly
kill His Son. God does not want to do this. He says, "Do not
come to Me everyday with your sins. I sent you My Son to redeem
you from all your sins. All you have to do is understand how He
took away your sins and accept that it is the truth. Then, believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit to be saved. This is the
greatest love I have given you, my creations."
This is what He tells us. "Believe
in My Son and receive the remission of your sins. I, your God, sent
My own Son to atone for all your sins and iniquities. Believe in
My Son and be saved."
Those who do not know themselves to
be masses of sin ask His forgiveness for their every little sin.
They go before Him without knowing the terrible weight of their
sins and just pray, "Please forgive this tiny bit of sin.
I will never do it again."
They also try to deceive Him with
such prayers. We do not commit sin just once, but do so continually
until we die. We would have to keep asking for forgiveness until
the very last day of our lives, because we cannot stop sinning and
our flesh serves the law of sin until we die.
Being forgiven for one little sin
cannot solve the problem of sin because we commit countless sins
every day. So, the only way we can be free of sin is by passing
all our sins onto Jesus.
What is the human
A mass of sins
The Bible enumerates the sins of human
beings: "For your hands are defiled with blood, and your
fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has
muttered perversity. No one calls for justice, nor does any plead
for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive
evil and bring forth iniquity. They hatch vipers' eggs and
weave the spider's web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and
from that which is crushed a viper breaks out. Their webs will not
become garments, nor will they cover themselves with their works;
their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in
their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed
innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting
and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they have not
known, and there is no justice in their ways; they have made themselves
crooked paths; whoever takes that way shall not know peace"
People's fingers are defiled
with iniquity and all they do throughout their lives is sinful.
Everything they do is evil. And our tongues 'have spoken
lies.' All the things that come out of our mouths are
"When a devil speaks a lie,
he speaks from his own resources" (John 8:44). Those who
are not born again like to say, "I am telling you the truth….
I am really telling you. What I am saying is the truth…."
However, everything that they say is nevertheless a lie. It is as
it is written. "When a devil speaks a lie, he speaks from
his own resources."
People put their trust in empty words
and speak lies. People conceive evils and bring forth iniquities.
They hatch vipers' eggs and weave spiders' webs. God
says, "He who eats of their eggs dies, and from that which
is crushed a viper breaks out." He says that there are
vipers' eggs in your heart. Vipers' eggs! There is evil
in your heart. That's why we have to be redeemed by believing
in the gospel of the water and the blood.
Whenever I begin to talk about God,
there are those who say, "Oh, dear! Please don't talk
to me about God. Every time I try to do something, sin spills out
of me. It just floods out. I can't even take a step without
spilling sin all over the place. I can't help it. I am too
full of sin. I am quite hopeless. So don't even talk to me
about the holy God."
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This person knows for sure that he/she
is just a mass of sin, but does not know that God has saved him/her
completely through the gospel of His love. Only those who know themselves
to be masses of sin can be saved.
In fact, everyone is like that. Everyone
continuously spills sin everywhere he/she goes. Sin just overflows
because all people are masses of sin. The only way for us to be
saved from such an existence is through the power of God. Is it
not simply amazing? Those who spill sin whenever they are upset,
happy, or even comfortable can be saved only through our Lord Jesus
Christ. Jesus came to save us.
He has completely blotted out all
your sins. Admit that you are a mass of sin and be saved.