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Nobody likes to be held accountable, which happens from childhood; it's much easier to say that 'you don't owe anyone any explanation' than to talk about your mistakes and shortcomings.

Nobody likes to be held accountable. Have you noticed this yet? In the nature of human beings, they think they can be their own person. They think like this: “If I have to answer to someone, I consider that this someone is greater than me. No, I do not accept that someone is greater than me.” All this is implicit.

So, the rebellious nature of a man who refuses to submit to anyone, which started in the Garden of Eden, makes humans resist the idea of “accountability”. Sometimes, the person even says: “Who do you think you are that I should give you explanations?”.

After the Garden of Eden, God came to Cain, who had killed his brother, and asked: “Where is Abel, your brother?” God already knew, but when He asked, He allowed Cain to repent. This is how the father or mother, knowing the child’s mistake, approaches them and asks: “Who did this?” What does the father or mother want to hear from the child? ‘Yes, it was me. I broke it.’ You want to hear at least the truth. And this is what God expected of Cain, but he replied:

“(…) I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). In other words: “Am I the one who has to take care of him?” Cain didn’t want to answer for his actions and tried to lie to God (as if God could be deceived).

It is like a child who reaches a certain age and no longer wants to be accountable to his father and mother. They lie a little, saying they will go ‘over there’. They go clubbing and come back after three days. Children do not want to be held accountable. No one wants to answer for their actions. The husband doesn’t want his wife to see his mobile phone. The woman spends the money and says: “I don’t have to explain myself to you. I work. I earn my money”. That’s human nature.

But look how interesting: the Bible contains examples in which God calls human beings to be held accountable. And what will the Last Judgment be if not the “great day of reckoning”? If you don’t get used to the idea that you must be accountable, how will you do on the “big day of accountability”? Will you lie to God and see if it sticks? Do you think you can say to God, at the Judgment: “I didn’t know”?

Well, we’re going to have to account for everything. The Lord Jesus says even of our words. Did you know that? Pay attention, you who say: “It’s like that with me. I don’t take back my words.”

We hold accounts on funds received and obligations received. Then I ask you: What, in this life, is really yours? What did you bring into this world? Is your body your own? Old age is coming. Time is taking your body away. This body is on loan to you. It will be inhabited for a while.

There is only one thing given to us: the soul. It is your right. You do what you want with it. You may say, ‘I want to give my soul to God.’ He paid for your soul in advance (He did, but maybe He didn’t take it). The will is yours, and it is the only thing the human being can give to God. If you don’t want to give your soul to God, He will fulfil your wish and keep you away from Him forever. But you can give your soul to Him and be accountable to Him. If you’re doing what’s right, what’s the fear of being held accountable?

Watch the video above and reflect on the subject.

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Bishop Renato Cardoso