Can we be good without God?

22/05/2009

If we take the Bible out of the way – how do we define what being “good” is? What motive is there to be good?

If we look at this from a human point of view we could say that being good is doing things which are good for other human beings and so, from a human point of view, yes, we can be good to other humans. But this is not how God defines “being good”.

The Godless Belief System of Humanism

Humanism is a belief system that centres on humans – their values and worth. It is the religion of our age with even so called Christians believe in it. The basic teaching of this religion is that you can do what ever you want, as long as you do not hurt other humans.

Darwin’s theory of evolution introduced the possibility that there was no God. This is an attractive idea to humans as it means they don’t have to worry about a higher authority. It is a self centered belief system which comes naturally to the human mind in an almost animalistic way.

What Does The Bible Say About “Being Good”?

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good“. Psalm 14:1

According to the Bible we cannot be “good” without understanding what God wants. Doing good from a human point of view is not doing good from God’s point of view. If the motives of the individual are selfish or simply based around human thinking then to God this is corrupt.

We can only do good in God’s eyes if we understand what God wants and do it FOR HIM.

“Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:21

“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17

“But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased”. Hebrews 13:16

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works“. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

What men call good might not be “good” according to God because without the Bible they are only looking at things from a HUMAN point of view. If we want to serve God we have to think about things from His point of view.

The number one error people make is in thinking that what MAN calls good – God also calls good.

The Example of Adam and Eve

Eating the fruit – good from MAN’S point of view:

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Genesis 3:6

The fruit had a number of things about it which were beneficial from the human perspective but from God’s point of view it was WRONG because He had commanded them not to.

Man’s Ways Verses God’s Ways

God’s ways are completely opposite to mans which is why they are not popular in this humanist age. Consider these examples:

  • Equality – God does not have “equality” in the sense that humans believe.
  • Democracy – All men can have a say. God says only He has a say.
  • Racism – The Bible teaches that the Jews are God’s special people whom He has selected.
  • Violence towards man – The Bible teaches that in the future – men will be destroyed who do not accept God.
  • Sex – The Bible teaches that sex outside of marriage is wrong – this is fine from a human point of view.
  • Telling the truth – The Bible tells us to ALWAYS tell the truth. From a HUMAN point of view you can do “good” by lying.
  • Man’s morality – The Bible teaches that man is inherently bad in that man rebels against God. Humans like to think that other humans are good.

Gods ways are far above the natural human mind. We have to try and understand them and be motivated by them to do “good”.  The Bible tells us to follow our natural human instincts will lead us to eternal unconsciousness and death, but to strive to please God and to be baptised and follow His ways, lead unto life everlasting.

Consider these verses:

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts”. Isaiah 55:9

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”. Proverbs 16:25 (see also Proverbs 14:2)

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts”. Proverbs 21:2