Good people?

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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5 Responses to Good people?

  1. Techno_Man says:

    Hello, I have some questions about this topic.

    – If there’s really no good person and there’s no one good but god, are we then born bad by nature? are we concluding that god have created humans with more percentage of using their bad intentions?

    – why should we feel proud of us being christian and we shouldn’t be proud of us being good there are difference between Showing off and being proud.

    – In the topic “Because you’re selfish by nature … you’re a sinner by nature … there’s no way you can be good with a sinful nature”
    Am i concluding again that god have mad me with a selfish, sinner nature? Am i a test for god creations that went wrong? since i am not perfect because only god is the perfect one?

    – Are we by nature hated by god? are we by born with our original sin hated by god? are we yet still hated by god even by trying to be good? it’s ridiculous to say not sin, because logically no one can’t sin since it’s in our nature right? but we can reduce the sinning in our life.

    – If we are not good and we cannot be good in this life, how can we be accepted by god then?

  2. Anonymous disciple says:

    Hi, Techno_Man.

    Did God create us sinners? Not at all. Consider what Genesis 1:31 says.

    Genesis 1:31a:
    God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

    It says that after God created man, He saw all that He had made and, to Him, it was very good.

    So man was created good. He was made perfect. For he was made in the image of God.

    Genesis 1:27
    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

    Everything that God creates can only be good. So what exactly happened that led man to become a sinner by nature? Man committed evil by disobeying God despite all the blessings given to him by God. And, thus, sin entered the world through man (just as Romans 5:12 says), and man’s good nature was corrupted: it became sinful.

    Note that because man was created perfect, he was also made with the freedom to choose between good (doing God’s will) and evil (going against God’s will). So when man disobeyed, it was he who chose to disobey, not God. So man was responsible for his sin, not God.

    And because of man’s sin, we, who are the descendants of this man, were all initially condemned to hell, where all sinners deserve to be.

    Does this mean God hates you? Not at all! God is love and loves you so much that, despite everything you did in rebellion against Him, He sent His one and only Son – Jesus Christ – to die for you on that cross and pay the price for your sins. If you wish to be saved, all you have to do is to come to Him in repentance and put your faith in Him.

    Actually, I strongly encourage you to read the following post:
    https://jdisciple.wordpress.com/good-news/

    The above link answers several points that you have made in your post.

    As for your question about why Christians should feel proud of being Christians, we are not. On the contrary, we feel very humbled to be saved by God despite every single sin we have committed against Him. Our pride is in Jesus, not in ourselves, not in our own goodness, for we don’t have anything good in us. We didn’t have anything good in us that could cooperate with God in saving us through Jesus, and we still don’t have anything good in us even after being saved. The good that comes from Christians is from Jesus who lives in them. We are still not, and never will be, deserving of the good gift of salvation that God has given to us. It is all done by His amazing and loving grace.

    Again, feel free to check the link I gave you above.

    May the Lord Jesus bless you.

  3. Anonymous disciple says:

    Grace to you, dear Techno_Man.

    I go step by step with your questions:

    – If there’s really no good person and there’s no one good but god, are we then born bad by nature? are we concluding that god have created humans with more percentage of using their bad intentions?

    You asked two questions here:

    1. Are we born bad by nature?

    2. Did God create humans with more percentage of using their bad intentions?

    Let’s notice a simple but very important fact first: being born is not the same as being created, although with us humans it seems as if both are the same thing. Humanity is not created the day you are born. Your human nature already existed before you in all the humans who came before you, from Adam until now. But you were born the day you were born, and you didn’t exist individually before that.

    In other words, if you have a bad nature now, that doesn’t mean that God created you bad, but that means that you have received a bad nature from your parents who also received that bad nature from their parents and so on until Adam. So we all received a bad human nature from Adam, and this means we are not good by nature. And this answers your first question: Yes, we are born bad by nature. And, of course, God is not the One to blame here, because He was not the one who gave you that bad nature, but you received that nature from Adam.

    Now, this takes us to your second question, and here the question is whether God created Adam already with a bad nature or not. Well, the fact is that God does not create anything bad. When He finished creating everything, including man, He declared His approval on all what was created, and He said:

    “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

    So man was originally very good; he had a freedom, and he used this freedom to be in a good relationship with God, thus doing everything right and good. But Adam then freely decided to disobey God and to break the good relationship that was between him and God. And as God is the only One who is Good absolutely, so as soon as Adam broke his relation with God, he became bad by nature. Any nature that is not in right relationship with God (= Good) is bad.

    Once again, we see that God is not the one to blame. It is our first parent who decided to break the right relationship with God.

    But one may ask: But why should I be responsible of my first parent’s error??

    Well, we’re not responsible of our first parent’s error, in the sense that we will not be held responsible for what Adam did. But we ARE responsible for refusing to deny that sinful nature and to receive the new good nature in Jesus Christ. Actually, God sent Jesus Christ to save us from our slavery in this bad nature and to reconcile us with God, after Adam had broken that relationship with his rebellion. So today, if we refuse to be reconciled with God, then we are fully responsible of the sinfulness of our bad nature that we refused to deny.

    That’s why we call all men today to be reconciled with God:

    “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)

    – why should we feel proud of us being christian and we shouldn’t be proud of us being good there are difference between Showing off and being proud.

    We shouldn’t be proud at all in anything that is natural in us, because, as we have seen above, our nature is bad. So if we will boast, we should only boast in Christ who gives us the new good nature, and not in ourselves. That’s why the Word of God says:

    “so that no man may boast before God.
    But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
    so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.””
    (1 Corinthians 1:29-31)

    – In the topic “Because you’re selfish by nature … you’re a sinner by nature … there’s no way you can be good with a sinful nature”
    Am i concluding again that god have mad me with a selfish, sinner nature? Am i a test for god creations that went wrong? since i am not perfect because only god is the perfect one?

    As we have seen above, God didn’t create us selfish or sinner by nature. So you’re not “a test for god creations that went wrong.” God’s creation was perfect, and nothing went wrong. Adam freely chose to make things go wrong between him and God.

    So all what you will be held responsible for is the fact of refusing to be reconciled with God.

    – Are we by nature hated by god? are we by born with our original sin hated by god? are we yet still hated by god even by trying to be good? it’s ridiculous to say not sin, because logically no one can’t sin since it’s in our nature right? but we can reduce the sinning in our life.

    Our bad nature is hated by God. But God loves us as persons despite the fact that we are in that bad nature, and He wants to bring us back to a right relationship with Him, and that’s why He sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us from the corruption of sin in which we are.

    When you try to be good by doing good works, you prove that you are refusing to get in right relationship with God by His Son Jesus Christ, i.e. you’re refusing the reconciliation, and you insist on continuing in your bad nature. You know, even by experience, that you can’t be good. So trying to be good by yourself means that you don’t admit the fact that you can’t become good by your own efforts. Even with this, God loves you and wants you to realize that you need the new nature that He gives, and thus to be reconciled with Him. Only then you will be able to do works that are good in God’s sight.

    So, just as you said, “it’s ridiculous to say not sin, because logically no one can’t sin since it’s in our nature”. But this doesn’t mean that it’s enough to “reduce the sinning in our life.” As long as our relationship with God is not right, then we will be held responsible for every sin we do, and we will not be able to be sanctified more and more each day to become more like Christ in holiness.

    – If we are not good and we cannot be good in this life, how can we be accepted by god then?

    That’s the question of humans in all times, and I am glad that you asked it. And we have seen that the only answer is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only One who can bring you back to a right relationship with God, because He paid the penalty of our sins on the cross. He can reconcile you with God, and you will be accepted by God because of Him.

    I guess you know Arabic, so I will urge you to read this very important page that answers your question about how to be accepted by God.

    In fact, the hole of sin is so deep that we can’t get out of it. We really need a SAVIOR who comes down to us to save us from this hole. And this Savior is Jesus Christ. I guess you remember the man who fell in a hole.

    Please, consider seriously to be reconciled with God. How blessed it will be if you begin a new life with Christ in this Passover (or “Easter”) time, when we remember what Jesus did on the cross to save us and rose again to reconcile us with God.

    Grace be with you!

  4. Techno_Man says:

    Thank you both for answering.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is a very good question, Techno-Man, and there are very good answers on this site: God bless you *** [Moderation: the commentator mentioned both Anonymous disciples; names were removed].

    I want to add a verse, that was a blessing to me, when I was struggeling some time ago with the same questions TechnoMan asked:
    That verse says (John 13:18)

    “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son”(John 3:18)

    This verse stresses something:The ones who will be condemned would not be judged because Adam sinned, but they will be condemned because they did not believed in Jesus and His Work on the cross.

    It is slightly saying that: you are not dying because you have the malady (of course you are) but more importantly you are dying because you ARE REJECTING the cure.The first was not your responsibility if you received it by your parents, but the second is fully your responsibility.

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