Dingo is a town in Central Queensland with an interesting name. The source of the name is a mystery. It brings to mind the story of Azaria and Lindy Chamberlain.
Lindy Chamberlain was camping with her Husband and their 3 children at Uluru (Ayer's Rock) in 1972 in the public campground and Azaria was just 9 weeks old at that time. Lindy is recorded as saying she came back to her tent and saw a dingo running out and then noticed that her baby was missing. There were dingo footprints leading into the dark and blood in the tent but no sign of the baby. They called for a torch to chase the dingo but were not able to locate her.
Initially people believed the Chamberlains story and they were comforted during the loss of their daughter but after a while they were accused of murder and it became of the most sensational news stories in Australian history. Lindy went to jail and spent 3 years in jail before she was finally declared innocent and released. She was compensated by the government but it still didn't bring back Azaria. In the years that have followed it has continued to stir up discussion and controversy. Finally this year (2012) Lindy was officially and fully exonerated in a Darwin court room as being completely innocent of the death of Azaria. You can read more about Lindy on Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindy_Chamberlain-Creighton
The story of the Chamberlains is what is commonly referred to as a Miscarriage of Justice. The justice system is not supposed to fail like this - its supposed to get the bad people and allow the good ones to go free.
God is Also a Judge
God Almighty is also a Judge - the bible says that one day He will judge every human being for what they have done while alive, whether good or bad. There is a difference between our earthly justice system and God's - on that day, there will not be a miscarriage of justice. God will get it right. The good will be free and the bad will be punished. God knows all things, including the secrets of every heart, so his perfect justice will make sure that all evil receives the punishment it is due.
So the question remains, are you a good person, or a bad person. Let us check by comparing your life against God's moral Law, the ten commandments.
If God isn't the most important thing in your life you have broken the first commandment. If you have used God's name as a cuss word, you've broken the third. If you have lied (even little fibs) you have broken the ninth and if you have stolen anything (even if its small) you have broken the eighth. Jesus said that looking at a woman and thinking of sex with her is the same as committing adultery. In other words, breaking the 7th commandment. He also said that hating someone is the same as murder, which is breaking commandment number 6. If you examine the ten commandments properly, you'll realise that you have an addiction to doing what you want, and ignoring God and his requirements completely. If you have broken these commandments (and everyone has) you are a liar, a thief, a murderer and an adulterer in your heart.
So when the time comes to stand before God and give an account of your life, how will you explain your disregard for God and his laws. Imagine standing in front of a Policeman trying to talk him out of giving you a speeding fine. What if you say something like "I'm a good person and there are lots of other people worse than me?" It won't work. Excuses like this don't carry any weight with the Police and they certainly doesn't with God. Some people say "But God is a good God," - and so He is. That is exactly the reason why sin will be punished. A good judge cannot turn a blind eye to wrong - that that would be a miscarriage of justice.
The Bible says that punishment for breaking God's laws is eternity in a place called Hell. Not the fun hell you hear your friends laugh about, a much more horrible place. I don't like thinking about it.
But finally John 3:16 makes sense. "For God so loved the world that he sent his son (Jesus, who was crucified even though innocent) so that whoever trusts in him will not perish."
If you've ever had a speeding ticket, you'll know that it has to be paid. You can pay it yourself, or someone else can for you. In the same way, your debt towards God has to be paid, and either you will pay it yourself or you can hand your life over to Christ in exchange for his offer to pay it for you.
Jesus gave up his life when he was crucified. This was a payment to take our punishment. Jesus was born from a virgin (that's wild) and because of that and his genuinly good life, he was the only perfect human being. So he became the only candidate who could "pay your fine" if you accept it and give your life up to him. It's a swap, his life for yours.
The only escape is found in Christ. You must do 2 things: First you need help - you need to come to Jesus and trust him and be willing to follow him. Secondly you need to turn yourself around, to do what is called repentance. Start considering God and his requirements, put behind you the selfishness and find out what God wants from you and do that. Are you willing to become a follower of Jesus Christ, and turn around and start doing what He wants?
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