Do good people really exist? Is there such a mere human who has never done anything bad and selfish? Is there anyone who has never thought evil thoughts? I have never seen such a person.
Of course, I have met very loving people with hearts of gold and I thank God for them. But even before I came to Christ, I’ve always realized that we all (without exception) tend to be selfish by nature. We tend to love and help only those who we feel close to or are comfortable with, while usually ignoring many other people who need our help and love. In fact, this realization is what led me to consider what Jesus (the man whom many believe to be perfect and sinless … the man who I’ve always believed was the greatest man ever) had to say about all this.
Jesus said that no one is good but God. The first time I read this in the Bible, I didn’t feel the importance of such a quote … because I hadn’t yet come to the realization that we are selfish by nature. But later, with time, and after passing through several experiences in life, I read again this quote in the Bible, and I noticed new and interesting things about this. When Jesus said that no one is good but God alone, it was in response to a man who called Him good. Usually, humans are proud creatures. When someone praises us and calls us good people, we tend to be happy and glad that we received such compliments … and many of us sincerely believe that we are good. Some of us even pretend to be modest about it and say that it’s better to choose to be good than to be bad. We even return a compliment to any who praises us.
But when Jesus was called “good” … He didn’t say that all people can be good. He didn’t smile and accept the compliment with pride and happiness. He didn’t act arrogant. And He didn’t pretend to be modest about it while cheerfully accepting what was said to Him. He said … NO ONE is good BUT GOD!
What a way of thinking! If you think there’s nothing special about this, please name me one person (not influenced by Jesus Christ) who said such a thing! Islam tells you that you can be good. Hinduism and Buddhism also. And secular humanism tells you that you can be good. But Jesus Christ said that you can’t be good.
You just can’t! Why?
Because you’re selfish by nature … you’re a sinner by nature … there’s no way you can be good with a sinful nature.
Months after thinking about the human nature and analysing what Jesus said about our nature, I mentally accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour because I realized that Jesus Christ was the first to tell the truth about our nature. Few months later, I came to Him not just mentally but with faith (after admitting that I can do nothing on my own to save myself and free myself from the evil in me). I need Jesus Christ to save me and free me from my sins … and so do you.
My friends, don’t keep on rejecting the truth about your human nature. Be humble and accept the fact that you have a serious problem in you … the problem of sin. Humble yourself before Jesus Christ and put your whole trust in Him to save you from the punishment of your sins and to free you from the power of sin. But do it with all faith in Him … and Him alone.
Feel free to ask me questions or post comments on this.
Grace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ
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