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The Day of Fools

Righteousness Sin Worldly Mindset

Source: “Motorist wakes up to find council has painted disabled bay around his car... and given him fine,” by Mark Molloy, TELEGRAPH, April 5th, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-06-22

Scripture: Isaiah 5:20

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Mark Molloy with The TELEGRAPH reports:

A motorist from south London was left stunned when he woke up and found a disabled bay painted around his car, along with a £110 fine ($158 US Dollars) on his windscreen.

Matt Armstrong, who lives in West Norwood, thought he had been the victim of an April Fool’s Day prank when he stepped outside his door and saw the ticket.

The theatre worker said he was “absolutely livid” with Lambeth Council over the penalty charge notice.

“It must have been on March 31 they painted round it, because I saw it on April Fool’s Day,” he told Mail Online.

APPLICATION

Ever feel like you’ve awakened and it’s a different world, a world where the old rules have been rewritten, where what was once right is now wrong, and what was wrong is now right?  Do you ever feel like someone has repainted all the lines? No, it’s not April Fools Day, but it just may be the Day of Fools!

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20, NASB).

New Study, Religion Doesn't Make You Righteous

Religion Righteousness Regeneration

Source: 'Science Catches Up With The Bible: Study Shows Religion Doesn’t Make People Righteous" posted BELIEFNET, retrieved 10/18/14 AND "So Much For Religious People Being More Righteous" By Macrina Cooper-White, posted The Huffington Post, 9/17/14

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-10-20

Author: BeliefNet / Macrina Cooper-White / Illustration Ex
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Science is finally catching up to the Bible when it comes to the reality that "religion" does not make people more "righteous," says BELIEFNET, citing a study recently referenced the the HUFFINGTON POST:

Sure-to-be-controversial new research shows that religious and non-religious people are equally likely to misbehave. The only difference between the groups is that religious people show stronger emotional reactions to moral and immoral deeds. …

For the study, a team of researchers, led by psychologist Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hofmannof the University of Cologne in Cologne, Germany, recruited 1,252 men and women between the ages of 18 and 68. The study participants, all of whom were from the U.S. or Canada, completed an initial survey to indicate their level of religiosity -- from "not at all" to "very much." The survey also showed where the men and women fell on the political spectrum, from "very liberal" to "very conservative."

The subjects then received surveys via text message several times a day over the course of several days asking them to report on their behavior, both good and bad, among other things.

What did the researchers find? Religious and non-religious people alike reported experiencing around the same number of moral acts. Furthermore, no difference was found between liberals and conservatives. People reported committing good deeds more often than bad ones, and reported hearing about bad deeds more often than good ones.

Ultimately, their conclusion was that religion did not play a significant role in the behavioral habits of the participants.

APPLICATION

The flaws in this kind of thinking are myriad. For starters, religious vs. non-religious persons will certainly define good and bad deeds and behavior quite differently. While the religious might report the use of foul language or feelings of lust, etc. as bad behavior, the non-religious might think nothing of it all.

But for all the flaws, the bottom-line conclusion is both true and biblical: Good behavior is not what makes a person righteous! It is relationship, NOT behavior, which defines moral justification--relationship with the Person of Jesus Christ.

As so aptly summarized on BELIEFNET:

Science is just now catching up with timeless truths revealed in the Bible, which illustrate that human nature is inherently flawed. It is only after we trade our nature with the infallible nature of God that we have the ability to experience true righteousness. … Religion can exist on the surface, it can masquerade at church functions, pray lofty pious prayers in public, but only relationship demonstrates the sincere walk of a person truly following God.

"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Clothing Exchange

Righteousness Judgment of Believers Jesus' Suffering

Source: "Clothed in His Righteousness" Daily Devotions by Anne Graham Lotz, March 30th

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-07

Scripture: Mark 15:24 ; Isaiah 64:6

Author: Anne Graham Lotz
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"And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take" (Mark 15:24, NKJV).

The Romans, as most oppressors, stripped their captives of anything and everything that could possibly have any value. To the victor--or captor--goes the spoils. Anne Graham Lotz explains:

When Jesus finally arrived at the place of execution around nine o'clock in the morning, if His treatment followed standard procedure in those days, He was stripped of all His clothes. Possibly He was allowed to retain a loincloth.

Yet because Jesus was stripped "naked," you and I can be clothed! The Bible tells us that all of our righteousness, including the very best things we ever do, are so permeated with sin and selfishness that they are like filthy rags in God's sight ?(Isaiah 64:6). But at the Cross, Jesus gave us His perfect, spotless robe of righteousness and took our filthy garments of sin in exchange (Philippians 3:9). 

APPLICATION

She concludes:

On Judgment Day, you and I will be dressed in His righteousness before God because He wore the filthy garments of our sin. We will be clothed because He was stripped! 

In this great clothing exchange, to the captives goes the spoils!

Anne Graham Lotz (1948 - ) is an American Christian evangelist. She is the second daughter of evangelist Billy Graham and his wife Ruth Graham. She founded AnGeL Ministries, and is the author of 11 books, of which her best known is Just Give Me Jesus.

In Tune with Morality

Morality Character Righteousness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-10-29

Scripture: Psalms 89:14

Author: C.S. Lewis
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The Perfect Costume

Children's Lesson Object Lessons Righteousness

Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2012-11-09

Scripture: Isaiah 61:10

Author: Barnett Gushin
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1.5% Defective Parts Won't Cut It

Righteousness Jesus' Sacrifice God's Perfection

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-10-24

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:21

Author: unknown
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Get Your Own Dirt!

Righteousness Creation/Creationism Humility

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2012-04-23

Scripture: Hebrews 13:15

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Christian Repentance

Repentance Righteousness Devotional Thoughts

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2012-03-19

Scripture: Philippians 3:9

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Stolen Valor

Lies Jesus' Sacrifice Righteousness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-03-01

Scripture: Matthew 7:22

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A Leap in Righteousness

Righteousness Bible Law (of God)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-07

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:21

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