Universal truths are facts and certainties that will always be true regardless of time, context, or culture. Four universal truths serve as timeless and Bible-based facts, which can help us renew our minds, correct our distorted thoughts, and align with God’s truth. These four facts can help us set our hearts and minds right so that we may find satisfaction in the created world and in the Creator Himself.
The First Fact: Nobody is perfect
Have you ever seen posts on social media with #blessed or #bestlife? These posts probably include photos of their family dinners, trips, newly purchased car, or newly acquired property. Have you also seen stunning images—beautiful men and women with a picturesque background? Many of these photos that people post online often have “filters,” which adjust the color and enhance how they look, yet we fall for it. These manipulated images create a deep longing for the illusory perfection we mistake others to have.
Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned, and fall short of God’s glory.” This verse is taken from one of the Pauline Epistles, and it is a statement that communicates to us the nature of a human being: none of us are perfect, and we all have our struggles. Imagine that. Every human being falls short of God’s glory, perfection, and flawlessness.
This is true for every human being on earth, from Adam and Eve to the present. In the verse, notice that the first part, talking about the universality of sin, is written in the past tense. Falling short of God’s glory, however, is written in the present tense. This means that all it took was one sin—the sin of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve—for every single one of us to fall short of the glory of God. “Falling short,” however, is not something that happened just once; instead, it is a continuous, present reality.
Everyone falls short
The verse in Romans 3:23 is not just a theological truth. Its message is not confined to the nature of our spiritual walk; it also pertains to one’s capacity, personality, and decision-making. Every aspect of our life falls short of perfection. Because of our innately sinful and wretched nature, we have and will always fall short of the true standard of perfection. In other words, people will always make mistakes; there will always be negative situations, as well as imperfect, unexpected, and painful circumstances in all of our lives. Jesus, after all, once said that in this life, we will have trouble. Why? Because this is the nature of the fallen world comprised of fallen humans.
Here is God’s truth and the first universal fact: no matter how perfect the lives of others appear to you, everybody struggles. Nobody is perfect, and nobody’s life is perfect. Perfection is an illusion. Everyone has and will continue to fall short of perfection. It may look like everything is going well for another person, but they have their own unique struggles. Sure, their struggles are not your struggles—but it does not mean they have none.
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