- And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
- And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
- And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
The first three examples are taken from a single story. A rich young man came to Jesus and addressed him as "Good Teacher:" Jesus answered the man by calling attention to what he called Jesus. Notice that Jesus does not say "Don't call me 'good'". Instead he says, "None is good but God". By calling Jesus good in the sense that God is good, and Jesus not denying that, Jesus showed who He is! Next point: would anyone really try to argue that Jesus is defining "good" the way Ryan and most people do? Or is Jesus pointing to being holy and pure and never making mistakes or doing the wrong thing? The latter is the way I have been using the word "good". Jesus was not the only one who used the word this way.
Paul is my second example.
- They are all gone out of the way , they are together become unprofitable ; there is none that doeth good, no, not one .
WE can see how Paul uses "good" and interesting enough he quotes Isaiah. Again is anyone really willing to say that Isaiah, Jesus, Paul, and all the rest of the Bible is suggesting that sinners do good things? I hope not. The context is "good" according to God's ultimate objective standard. Look at what Jesus said in Matthew 7:11 which says:
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
So can evil people do good things? According to the Bible: Yup. The same word ajgaqovß tranlated "good" is found in all the passages I referenced. Transliterated to English the word is "Agathos". So Ryan's objection has no traction. The bottom line is that no human being is capable of standing before the Holy God in his/her own righteousness because apart from Jesus Christ we have no righteousness worthy for comparison. Without Jesus,.we deserve hell. Jesus is our propitiation and our only hope. There is only one way to God and Jesus is it.