In America we celebrate being free, but are you really free? The Bible says that we’re slaves to sin. That means we do bad things because of who we are. We may compare ourselves to others and say “I’m a good person!” but God gave us the Ten Commandments to show us how we look in His perfect eyes. God says “You Shall Not Lie.” Have you ever lied to parents, teachers, or cheated on a test? Another commandment says “You Shall Not Steal.” Have you ever stolen anything, even if it’s small? God also says “Honor Your Father and Mother.” Have you ALWAYS obeyed your parents perfectly, in a way that’s pleasing to God?
God’s commandments show us how bad we really are, and how we need to be clean before God on Judgment Day. God’s Word (the Bible) tells us that all liars and thieves (people who steal things) are guilty and will go forever to God’s prison, a bad place called Hell. You see, God is perfect, and even a single lie is very bad. Doing these bad things is called “sin” and God must punish all sin because He is good. When a criminal breaks the law, he goes to jail even if he is sorry for what he has done. God must also send us to His “jail” for breaking His laws. If you have sinned even once, you’re guilty, but the GOOD NEWS is that God offers true freedom and a way for you to be forgiven!
2,000 years ago, God’s son Jesus came to this earth. He lived His whole life and never even did one bad thing! Then He took God’s punishment for your sin by dying on the cross, paying the penalty you deserve. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead and this showed that His payment was enough for you to be forgiven! The Bible says that we must repent and trust in what Jesus did on the cross, and stop trying to be “good.” No one can be good enough! Given a new heart by God, you will desire to please Him and keep His laws. Look to Jesus, who promises to save those who believe in Him. Get a Bible and read it every day so you can learn more about Jesus! True freedom can only be found in Him.