Self-esteem intact"In the past year, 30 per cent of U.S. high-school students have stolen from a store and 64 per cent have cheated on a test," according to a large-scale survey by the Josephson Institute, a Los-Angeles-based ethics organization. "Despite such responses, 93 per cent of the students said they were satisfied with their personal ethics and character, and 77 per cent affirmed that 'when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know.' "
So now we have a whole generation of people who don't believe they are liars and thiefs. And we wonder why people aren't convicted by their conscience of their sin?
Our current situation in the world is that everyone is doing evil, so if everyone else is doing it, and I do it, then I can't be so bad compared to everyone else, right? What we forget, is that the Bible says that it is not the standards of man that matter, but rather the standards of God that matter, and by the standards of God, no man is righteous (Romans 3:9-11 (NIV)), and that the only one who was righteous was Jesus, who lived a perfect, sinless life (1 Pet 2:22).
But hey, no one wants to believe that they are that bad, so if everyone else is doing it, then I can't be that bad can I? Don't believe it.