Many in the world are turned off by the notion that their definition of what good is may not be good enough to get them into heaven according to scriptures. Let’s explore this matter further.
What is the definition of “Good”?
When we attempt to define the word good from a worldly standpoint taken from Merriam-Webster’s dictionary we find that there are many possible meanings of the word. In general it means that something is suitable, satisfactory, or morally right.
The big elephant in the room is: “who gets to define what is good”? After all, many people may contradict one another when it comes to this matter. For example, one person might believe that stealing can be justified while another holds the belief that it is never justified. Whose side should we take? Some may hold the belief that murder is OK in the name of religion, personal reasons, etc. while another person believes that it should never happen. Again, who do we side with in this case?
Since the basis of this site is biblical we will seek the Bible for our answer to this dilemma.
There is None Good but God
Mark 10:18 (NASB) says: And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. This scripture very explicitly states that God is the source and base of goodness. In other words, he defines goodness. Romans 3:10-l2 states: 10as it is written, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; 11THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; 12ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.”
The “as it is written” part of the above verse references Psalm 14: 1-7. To take it a step further Isaiah 64:6 says that are righteousness is like a filthy garment. In other words, our good just isn’t good enough!
This is why the world is in such chaos with it’s concept of relativism. What’s relative to you is what’s good. There has to be a foundation to reference for the definition of goodness. Society changes its definition of goodness like someone changing clothes. What’s good today is bad tomorrow and vice versa.
We Are Made Righteous Through Christ
Christ is the only qualified person to make us right and capable of getting into heaven. It is only by his shed blood on the cross, faith (Romans 3:21-31), obedience in baptism (1 Peter 3:21) and living faithfully until death that allows us to be right with God.