“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone.” – Luke 18:19 NIV
I feel like laughing every time someone says they are a good person. Isn’t that what everyone in the world believes of themselves (and to some degree – of others)?
Jesus was making a point when He responded to a religious leader (who would have been well regarded as a “good” man) calling Him “good” teacher.
We all have our own standards of what makes a “good” person. And the truth is – those standards do not mean anything. A rapist can consider himself a good person, because he is not as bad as murderer. A white collar criminal may consider himself good, because at least he does not commit violent crimes.
In the end, the more you think about it, the more you will realize that our belief of our own goodness comes from comparing ourselves to others. It comes from what we perceive to be the greater evil, of pointing fingers at those we consider to be in morally worse state than ourselves.
The only standard of who is good – is God alone.
How good we are?