Illustration: The Bad Egg Omelet, We Cannot Save Ourselves

The illustration of the The Bad Egg Omelet, We Cannot Save Ourselves, provides us a great example of how we can neither be saved or holy through our good works. All we need to have is a “little sin” (a bad egg) for God to reject us. God cannot be in the presence of sin and none of us are perfect. Our only salvation is Jesus. It is only when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior that we can be reconciled to God and have eternal life. This illustration of the Bad Egg and the Omelet comes from a Evangelism Explosion testimony. Enjoy the illustration of the “The Bad Egg Omelet, We Cannot Save Ourselves” below.



Let’s say that I invited you over to my house for breakfast one Saturday morning. Suppose we decided on omelets that day, and I was to cook them. I easily find the first five eggs, they were in the carton, but the sixth egg I get out of the door, where it has been for as long as I can remember, and after I put it in with the others, we discover that it was past its prime, so to speak… a rotten egg. Having five good eggs and one rotten one, I don’t think that either one of us would consider that omelet acceptable, would we? What if we added a lot of spice? No matter what, the omelet would stink! Well, if my life was to be judged on the merits of what I did, that is the way it would appear to God. Mostly not too bad, but that one rotten egg really contaminates the whole thing, and ruins it all.

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)

As the rotten egg would make the omelet unpresentable to you, so have my sins made my life unpresentable to God. This comes into sharper focus when we see what the Bible has to say about God.

God is merciful, therefore doesn’t want to punish us.

You have heard people say that “God is Love” haven’t you? Well that is true. The Bible says

“… God is love” (1st John 4:8b)


“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

The same Bible also tells us the other side of God, the part that hates sin and will not tolerate it, no more than we would tolerate the rotten egg in that omelet I mentioned earlier.

“The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb;” Revelation 14:10

From (EE Testimony – We cannot save ourselves, bad egg omelet illustration)