Friday, December 14, 2007

The Problem of Goodness

Luke 18:19 (NIV) "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.

Why would someone choose being good instead of being called a friend?

Why would someone choose being good instead of the joy of being a son?

Most religious practices choose to seek being good.

But Jesus said no one is good or should desire to be defined that way.

Our desire should be to be Jesus’ friend and the Father’s son.

Anything else is the same seducing voice that was heard in the Garden of Eden.

Gene 3:5 (NIV) "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

And sadly most people never come to the knowledge of this truth. They either run from the horror of performance based religion or immerse themselves in the goodness of religion.

Why was it so easy for Satan to seduce Adam and Eve? That’s an easy answer. We do it all of the time. Some choose being evil, some choose being good but most like a bit of both.

Satan is happy with whatever percentage of chocolate or vanilla you like. It is still missing the truth that only God is good.

Somehow, even with God revealing His love for us by dying for us we still think that our lives are about knowing good and evil instead of allowing God to simply enjoy being with us.

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