God gets blamed for a lot of things by religious people. Many people use “the voice of God” to justify and explain their decisions and behaviors. It is important that God not be used as a scapegoat or as an excuse for following personal ways, ideas, and inclinations. Individuals should acknowledge their errors and even their mistakes in understanding the Lord and His will.
76% of people believe lying is acceptable in some cases.
24.1% of men have lied on their Facebook profile vs. 16.6% of women.
21.7% of men have lied on a resume vs. 16.3% of women.
51.7% of women have lied about their weight vs. 28% of men.
3% (of 1,254 Americans polled) said they lie often.
66% said they are seldom or never dishonest.
Females are more likely to lie to their parents and males are more likely to lie to their friends.
(2014 American survey by CreditDonkey.com)
No. An unrepentant person can feel bad or sorry about doing something sinful, but there will be no lasting change. Consider the abusive husband that cries and tells his wife he is sorry after abusing her in a drunken rage. That sorrow only lasts until he gets drunk again, and the story is repeated. This is the sorrow of the world. Godly sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10) is that which galvanizes the sinner to change no matter what the price. When someone is under conviction of the Holy Spirit they might feel bad and even cry because they know they are living in sin. However, tears or feelings of regret are not sufficient. There must be sorrow of a godly sort due to the recognition of wrongdoing accompanied with a purpose never to return to that life of sin. This is the only kind of sorrow that will bring true repentance.
When Jonah preached in Nineveh that the city would be overthrown in forty days, the people believed God and proclaimed a fast. No living being in the city, neither man nor beast, ate food or drank water. Man and beast were covered with sackcloth in a sign of contrition and repentance. God spared the city! (Jonah 3:4-10).
The “Heroes of Faith” of the Old Testament went through great adversity and trouble. The apostles of the New Testament faced much opposition, and all experienced a martyr’s death except for the apostle John. The saints around the throne in Heaven had come “out of great tribulation” (Revelation 7:14). Suffering and tribulation are part of the Christian life!