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The kilogram…

The base unit of mass in the International System of Units which is the modern standard governing the metric system.  The kilogram is the absolute standard that everything is based off of.  The SI Units of force, pressure, energy, power, current, charge, electric potential, magnetic field strength, and even measurements of light are all based and affected by this absolute standard of measurement.  It is the absolute standard.

The picture above shows the International Prototype Kilogram (IPK).  The IPK is made of a platinum-iridium alloy and is stored in a vault at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, France.  By definition the amount of error in the IPK is exactly zero.  The IPK is the kilogram.  It is really the standard by which everything else is compared and helps to determine how much error is in a measurement.

In my classroom within my high school in Dunnellon, Florida I have a kilogram as well.  And let me tell you, I have dropped that bad boy to show the acceleration of gravity more times than I can count.  In doing so, I can be pretty positive that my kilogram is nowhere near as accurate nor precise as the IPK.  My kilogram mass may look alot like a standard but I would never call it the absolute standard by which everything can be compared.

God has a standard too.  Much like the IPK, it is the absolute standard by which every person can compare themselves against.  It is called the Ten Commandments.  See Jesus said that there is “No one good except God alone.” (Mark 10:18)  Since God is of infinite goodness and infinite righteousness, we must not compare ourselves against other people but against God’s infinitely good standard.  It is the mirror that we need to put in front of ourselves as well as others when we witness.

Most people believe they are good people, primarily because they compare themselves against other people.  In doing so, they make themselves into their own God and their own standard of righteousness.  Jesus warned the Pharisees in Luke 16:15 that “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts.”  So in doing so, people do not see their inherent evil in their “good” and they are totally unaware of their need of a savior.  They have violated God’s standard called the law and are therefore, transgressors of God’s law.  They believe in relativism of their own goodness only when it suits them.  They hate when people steal from them, but do not see that they are thieves themselves.  They hate when people lie to them, but do not see that they are liars.  They hate when people dishonor them, but everyday they dishonor their Creator.

I am totally aware and understand that I am not a good person.  I fall short of God’s standard and God’s righteousness.  The Bible says that we all sin and fall short of the Glory of God.  (Romans 3:23) It also says that there is none that seek after righteousness and none that seek after God.  (Romans 3:10-11)

An atheist friend of mine recently stated to me that morality is relative and that there is no absolute standard of morality around the world.  That in each country there is a different standard of morality.  What my friend sees is the morality of man that has been dropped on the ground over and over and over again with the sin they commit willingly – just like my kilogram that has been dropped over and over and over again and is now tainted.  What my friend sees is tainted morality invented by man.

However, there is an absolute standard called the Ten Commandments that is the pure standard and is stored in heaven.  Humble yourself, compare your life against God’s standard, and you’ll discover your need for the Savior of all who repent and believe.  And God, who will justly punish all sin’s committed against His standard, has sent His Son, Jesus, to Earth to live a perfect life (according to God’s absolute standard), to suffer, to die on a cross, and to rise again to atone for all the sins of those who would put their trust and believe on Him alone.

That my friends is amazing grace…