Who Is Good?

Who Is Good?

Are you a good person? Many people would
quickly answer, “Of course! I do lots of good.”
But, by what standard could someone say if
they are?

For Christians, the standard is God. Jesus
proclaimed in Luke 18:19, “No one is good
but One, that is, God.” If God is the standard,
then I don’t even come close.

Since we have God as a standard of good and
evil, Christians have a unique ability to judge
what is right and what is wrong. We can look
at God’s word, understand His moral law, and
apply it to the world. But, what if someone
does not believe in God? Can they have a
standard for good and evil? The answer is no.

Atheists believe in a reality that is totally
reliant on evolution for the explanation of
human existence. The only standard that
matters to the atheist, then, is the law of the
survival of the fittest. So, the only ethic in
evolution is that what is good is what leads to
the advancement of the human population.

The atheist worldview makes morality
imaginary. Without God, there is no standard
for morals. If the survival of the fittest is the
rule, then anything I do to get there, no matter
how heinous, is permissible. It is simply
unimportant matter acting upon other
unimportant matter. Joel Marks, Professor
Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut,
admitted this reality saying, “The religious
fundamentalists are correct: without God,
there is no morality. But they are incorrect, I
still believe, about there being a God. Hence, I
believe, there is no morality.”

This worldview has dire consequences. A
famous evolutionist concluded, “Truly, this
earth is a trophy cup for the industrious man.
And this rightly so, in the service of natural
selection. He who does not possess the force
to secure his [living space] in this world, and,
if necessary, to enlarge it, does not deserve to
possess the necessities of life. He must step
aside and allow stronger peoples to pass him
by.” You may have guessed that the man who
said this was none other than Adolf Hitler. By
this rationale he convinced a nation to be
complicit in the murder of millions.

Thanks be to God that the atheists are wrong!
We all know that Hitler’s actions were evil. If
evil can be judged, then God is real. Because
God is real, we can know what is right and
wrong, and He showed us in His word. We are
not insignificant matter. We are bearers of the
image of God (Gen. 1:27). Every imagebearer is my neighbor, and I cannot do evil
against him (Gen. 9:6; Lev. 19:18). Do you
want to be a good person? Then put faith in
the only One who is good. Believe in God.


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