Narrator: Meet Mr. Nice Guy! You think you’re nice? This guy is really nice.
Nice Guy: Well I try to do what’s right.
Narrator: He’s so nice that if good people get to heaven, he’ll be the first in line.
Nice Guy: Aw, shucks.
Narrator: So, Mr Nice Guy, have you kept the ten commandments?
Nice Guy: “Pretty much.”
Narrator: Do you mind if we take a look at them and maybe see how nice you really are?
Nice Guy: Uh, okay.
Narrator: Great! Here’s one: You shall not lie. Mr Nice Guy, have you ever told a lie?
Nice Guy: Well, yeah – who hasn’t?
Narrator: What do you call somebody who tells lies?
Nice Guy: Well… a liar.
Narrator: All right, how about another commandment: You shall not steal. Have you ever stolen anything – even once?
Nice Guy: Nope!
Narrator: But you just told me you’re a liar!
Nice Guy: Well… I did steal some candy once when I was a kid.
Narrator: And what do you call someone who steals?
Nice Guy: A thief…
Narrator: All right, let’s try another one – You shall not commit adultery.
Nice Guy: Oh, that’s easy! I’d never cheat on my wife.
Narrator: Jesus said, “if you even look at a woman with lust you’ve already committed adultery with her in your heart.”
Nice Guy: Oh… uh, right.
Narrator: Now one more – You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Have you ever used God’s name to curse? That, Mr Nice Guy, is called blasphemy.
God gave you life and breath and everything you have – and you dragged his name through the dirt.
So, by your own admission, you’re a liar, a thief, a blasphemer, and an adulterer at heart. And that’s just 4 of the 10 commandments!
Nice Guy: Okay, okay; so I’m not perfect.
Narrator: Actually it’s worse than that. Suppose we put a chip in your brain that could record your entire thoughts for a week, and then played those thoughts on a giant movie screen for all your friends and family to see.
Nice Guy: That would be embarrassing!
Narrator: Yup, I know. The Bible says God knows everything – even the secret thoughts of your heart.
Nice Guy: Well, compared to some people I’m a saint!
Narrator: Yeah that’s true – but the standard is God’s law, not other people
Besides, even if you sin just 5 times a day, in one year that’s 1,825 sins! And if you live to be 70 years old, you’ll have broken God’s law over 127,000 times. You’ll have to answer for every sin on judgement day when the Bible says each of us will have to give an account to God.
Nice Guy: But God will forgive me right?
Narrator: Well, let’s try that in court. Could you say to a judge, “Hey, I know I’ve broken the law… but can’t you just you know let it slide?”
Only a corrupt judge would buy that. A good judge would say, “Justice demands that you pay for your crimes.”
God’s not a corrupt judge. He’s a holy righteous judge – He hates sin. Jesus warned that on judgement day, God will take everyone who sins against him and throw them in a fiery furnace where “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Nice Guy: Well then how can anyone get to heaven??
Narrator: There’s only one way. God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to live a perfect life. He never sinned, not even once, then Jesus offered to take the punishment of guilty sinners.
He was whipped and beaten and nailed to the cross, and died so that justice would be served and sinners could go free. Then Jesus rose from the grave and defeated death.
You can’t earn eternal life – it’s God’s gift, to everyone who will humble themselves and come to Jesus.
He’ll forgive you, wash you clean, and give you a new heart, with new desires. The Bible says that if anyone is in Christ, “He is a new creation”. So stop living for yourself. Turn from your sins, and come to Jesus.
Then, read your Bible and obey it. Find a good church to help you grow – and then go out and tell other people the good news.
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