Est. May 2008

21 September, 2013

Goodness

J. Warner Wallace has a nice article over at his blog asking why a good God would send good people to hell.  He points out that being ‘good’ isn’t good enough, since God’s standard of ‘goodness’ is perfection (see Matthew 5:48).

I think a simpler answer to this question of human goodness can be found in how we colloquially define ‘good’.  If you ask most people how they define ‘good’, they will likely say something along the lines of ‘pleasing’ or ‘agreeable’ or ‘pleasant’ or ‘kind’; the problem is, those don’t define ‘good’ – they define ‘nice’.  And ‘nice’, though it’s ‘nice’, isn’t necessarily ‘good’, which is defined as ‘morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious’.

And even that definition doesn’t jibe with God’s definition of ‘good’ – His definition is, as we pointed out, ‘perfect’; this is why Jesus could respond to the rich young ruler as He did when the ruler called Him ‘good’.

So when I’m confronted by folks who ask this sort of question, the first thing I do is ask them to explain what they mean by ‘good’.  Often, they actually mean ‘nice’.

And they aren’t the same thing.

3 comments:

Right Truth said...

The key word in his question is "send" As in why would a good God 'send' a good person to Hell.

God doesn't send anyone to hell. Humans have free will, free choice, they make the decision themselves. They can either choose to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (and go to Heaven) or they can reject Christ and thus send themselves to Hell.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

Nate said...

And that's fodder for another post. *chuckle*

Right Truth said...

Yep.

John3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life

John 3:36

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life,for God's wrath remains on him"


Just saying.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com