When I first moved to Rockford, I went to a laundromat to do my laundry. I got to know the owners and some of the other regular customers during my visits to the laundromat. There was a husband and wife old enough to be my parents who were regulars at the laundromat, and we had several discussions on biblical topics. They claimed to be Christians and appeared to have beliefs that were biblical. During one of our discussions, it became clear this couple believed Jesus was not sinless. Their belief was that since Jesus was a man, He must have sinned. However, in our earlier discussions they stated that Jesus had paid the debt of sin for believers.
I replied if they believed Jesus had sinned, that would mean God’s law had not been satisfied, and the debt of sin had not been paid. If what they believed were true, there is no hope for people to escape the coming judgment of God. When I asked them how they expected to escape the judgment of God, their reply was they had faith God would work it out in the end. When I asked how, they did not have an answer.
This couple would not listen with an open mind to the Bible’s clear declarations that Jesus was and is sinless (Matthew 4:1-11; Matthew 27:4; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Hebrews 7:23-28; 1 Peter 1:13-25; 1 Peter 2:18-25). Each had their mind made up, and no amount of biblical evidence presented to them changed their position of Jesus to the Jesus of the Bible. This was the last time we discussed biblical matters. Sadly, this situation is not an isolated incident.
Some people will openly deny the Jesus of the Bible. Numerous people saw and heard Jesus in person during his years of ministry, but many did not believe. The Pharisees heard God’s truth several times, yet they were unwilling to believe in Jesus (John 8:12-30). Others claim to be a Christian and may even appear to have a biblical theology. Matthew 7:21-23 states