What the Bible says
(Prepared by Aaron Kember)
We are dead in sins by nature.
"And you hath he made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins; In which in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our manner of life in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others."
We all sin.
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"
"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
(1 John 1:10)
We are like sheep going astray.
"For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls."
(1 Peter 2:25)
We are all accountable to God.
"But I say to you, That for every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account for it in the day of judgment."
"Now we know that whatever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God."
"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God."
We are mortal and here only for a short time.
"For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and its flower falleth away:"
(1 Peter 1:24)
Death does not end our existance.
"Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, to the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, to the resurrection of damnation."
"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them."
After death come judgement.
"And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:"
Without being born from above, we will never see the kingdom of God.
"Jesus answered and said to him, Verily, verily, I say to thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."