So, I’m driving to work the other morning and I’m listening to Air1 Radio and the dj named Brant starts talking about these bill boards he’s been seeing that say “Good Without God.” And he nails the problem right on the head. “Yep,” he said. “There are a lot of atheists who are better than I am.” (Or words to that effect.)
“Yep,” he said. “There are a lot of atheists who are better than I am.”
He went on about how atheists just don’t get it. They have totally missed the point. They think being a Christian is all about being good but Jesus plainly teaches that no one is good but God. I’m not God. Ergo I’m not good.
I’m not God. Ergo I’m not good.
Christ doesn’t promise anyone a rose garden. Nor does He promise an easy row to hoe. What He does offer is Himself. He wants to know you and for you to know Him. It’s called a personal relationship. That is what Christianity is all about. The other stuff flows from that. Sins fall away. Service to others becomes a priority. That sort of thing. Romans 14:23 says, “Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” (ESV) So, whatever does not proceed from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is sinful.
Oops did I say that? No. The Apostle Paul did. His logic, I believe, goes something like this. If the righteous lives by his faith(Habakkuk 2:4) and only God is righteous, then one must be close to God in order to be righteous and the only way to be close to God is to be in a relationship with Him through faith. I’m pretty sure this also has something to do with the eternal life one receives upon believing in Jesus the Son of God (John 3:16).
So I guess it depends upon what one’s definition of “good” is. Does good mean moral? Then one may be very good without God.
But if “good” means righteous, then only the faithful may claim that because only they have God in their hearts, so to speak. It is not they who are “good” but Christ who is in them.
go cultivate your relationship with Christ Jesus and let His goodness be yours.
The message is, then, to go cultivate your relationship with Christ Jesus and let His goodness be yours. This is not just a trite little phrase. Just try to wrap your head around the concept of God, the creator of the universe wants you to get to know Him personally through the person of Jesus Christ who lived and died for you and now lives in Heaven so that you may have eternal life.
Oh. And when you have that figured out, explain it to me. Me, I just believe it and keep working on this whole relationship thing. It’s not as easy as I wish it was.