I grew up not knowing I sinned and “fell short of the glory of God”. I did not know I was “dead in sin”. Also, I did not know of God’s gift through his Son, Jesus. Because I was hearing impaired, even while wearing a hearing aid, I did not appreciate church. My family took me to church. I could not understand the Preacher from where we sat. So I was bored with church.
I could not understand the other kids in Sunday School so I was bored there. I spent time in the church counting the tiles on the ceiling and noticing the intricate detail of the stained glass windows. Two deacons, two brothers who rarely smiled, greeted you at the doors. They always wore black suits which I now associate with death. Why? They worked as Funeral directors. Never did like black clothing after learning that about them. My church experience was visual only.
Boredom in church, and never hearing well enough, led to never truly understanding the Good News. By the time I got to college I became an atheist. There was no God and science was everything. Hearing impaired, college was harder for me than high school. I almost flunked out, so I changed majors to avoid foreign-born teachers with heavily accented English. Not their fault, but I just couldn’t understand them. College did not teach me about God’s love for me. College was a barren landscape for faith of any kind. At this time in my life I was dead in my sin.
Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God” (ASV)
Romans 6:23 “For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NET)
[End of Part Two of Eight Part Series]