DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I don't understand why God says we're guilty when we do wrong, because He must know that we're not perfect and we're going to make mistakes. How can He expect us to do what is right, when He knows we aren't able to keep to the straight and narrow? —J.K.F.
Dear J.K.F.: Yes, God does know we aren't perfect, either in our actions or our thoughts. The Bible says, "He knows the secrets of the heart" (Psalm 44:21).
But that doesn't excuse us or make us any less guilty when we do wrong. On a human level, if someone commits a crime, we don't excuse it by saying, "Oh well, none of us is perfect." Nor do we say they don't need to pay the penalty for what they've done. They made a choice to do something they knew was wrong — and society demands they pay the price for that decision.
The same is true with us. God has told us what is right and what is wrong, and when we intentionally turn against Him and ignore what He has told us, we alone are responsible.