Mankind believes two lies. The adherents to each of these falsehoods tend to gather in two camps. One camp is populated by those described in Romans, chapter 1:18-32. These deny the true and Triune God and in turn, seek to be their own god. The inevitable then occurs as the base nature drags them downward into the dregs. God responds in love by permitting their sink to the bottom of the barrel. Hopefully, flat on the back, they will look up and cry out. This is the only way such can be saved.
The other camp has always been home to a much larger populace. As described in Romans, chapter 2, these people acknowledge God and in turn, seek to appease God. With great zeal they engage in religious activities thought to be an acceptable means of reconciling and relating to the Creator. If enough good is done to outweigh the bad, the Lord must respect the tipping scales. But the very laws which they attempt to keep must be maintained entirely according to the great Lawgiver. The scale only tilts against them. God responds in love by permitting their abject brokenness upon the hard surface of the Law. Hopefully, flat on their back, they will look up and cry out. This is the only way such can be saved.
In the third chapter of Romans, those who seek to be God and those who strive to appease God are thrown into one camp. All have sinned. “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no not one.” (3:10-12) Neither the irreligious or the religious seeks after God on His terms. Reconciling and relating to God is found only “…through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (3:24b)
Thus, we again, have two camps – those who live outside of Christ and those who live in Christ. In which camp do you reside?