ARE YOU A GOOD PERSON
Are You A Good Person?
Do you think that doing good things makes you a good person, and in turn, that will get you into heaven?
A Very Insightful Conversation Between:
A “Christian Friend” And An “Average Joe” That Will Open Your Eyes to Be Able To Answer The Question, Are You A Good Person?
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AVERAGE JOE: Pretty much.
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: Do you mind if we take a look at them and maybe see how nice you really are?
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: Great! Here is one: “You shall not lie.” Have you ever told a lie?
AVERAGE JOE: Well, yeah. Who has not?
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: What do you call somebody who tells lies?
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: Alright. How about another commandment? “You shall not steal.” Have you ever stolen anything, even once?
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: But… you just told me you are a liar.
AVERAGE JOE: Well, I did steal some candy once when I was a kid.
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: And what do you call someone who steals?
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: Alright. Let us try another one. “You shall not commit adultery,” Jesus said. If you even look at a woman with lust, you have already committed adultery with her in your heart.
AVERAGE JOE: Oh…um, right.
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: One more. “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.” Have you ever used God’s name to curse?
AVERAGE JOE: Oh my (beep)!
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: That Average Joe is called blasphemy. God gave you life and breath and everything you have! And you have dragged His name through the dirt. So, by your own admission…you are a liar, a thief, a blasphemer, and an adulterer at heart. And that is just four of the Ten Commandments.
More Of This Conversation
AVERAGE JOE: Okay, okay, so I am not perfect.
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: Actually, it is worse than that. Suppose we could put a chip in your brain that would record all your private thoughts for an entire week and then play those thoughts on a giant movie screen for all your friends and family to see.
AVERAGE JOE: That would be embarrassing!
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: Yeah, I know. The Bible says God knows everything, even the secret thoughts of your heart.
AVERAGE JOE: Well, compared to some people, I am a saint.
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: That is true. But the standard is God’s law, not other people. Besides, even if you sinned just five times a day in one year… that is one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five (1825) sins. And if you live to be seventy years old, you will have broken God’s law over one hundred and twenty-seven thousand (127000) times! You will have to answer for every sin on Judgement Day, when the Bible says, “Each of us will give an account of himself to God (Romans 14:12).”
AVERAGE JOE: But… God will forgive me. Right?
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: Well, let us try that in court.
CRIMINAL IN COURT: I know I keep breaking the law, but can you, you know, let it slide?
CHRISTIAN FRIEND: Only a corrupt judge would buy (do) that. A GOOD judge would say… Justice demands that you pay for your crime. God is not a corrupt judge. He is a holy, righteous judge. He hates sin! Jesus warned that on Judgement Day, everyone who had sinned against God will justly end up in a terrible place called Hell. And there will be no escape for all eternity.
AVERAGE JOE: Well, then, how can ANYBODY get to Heaven?
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CHRISTIAN FRIEND: There is only one way. God loved the world so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to live a perfect life. He never sinned, not even once. Then, Jesus offered to take the punishment for guilty sinners. He was whipped, and beaten…and nailed to a cross, and died. So that justice would be served, and sinners could go free! Then, Jesus rose from the grave and defeated death!
You can not earn eternal life. It is God’s gift…to everyone who will humble themselves and come to Jesus. He will forgive you, wash you clean, and give you a new heart with new desires. The Bible says, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).”
So stop living for yourself. Turn from your sins and come to Jesus. Then, read your Bible and obey it. Find a good church to help you grow. And then go out and tell other people the good news! For more information, visit www.livingwaters.com.
Do you consider yourself to be a good person? Most people do. However, most of us differ as to the definition of “good.” The Bible says that God is good, and the Ten Commandments are His standard of goodness. So, we will look at God’s Law. With a tender conscience, ask yourself if you have obeyed the following:
Questions To Reveal If You Are You A Good Person?
- You shall have no other gods before Me. (Have you always loved God above all else?)
- You shall not make yourself an idol. (Have you made a god in your mind that you’re more comfortable with, a god to suit yourself?)
- You shall not take God’s name in vain. (Have you ever used God’s holy Name as a cuss word?)
- Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.
- Honor your father and mother.
- You shall not murder. (God considers hatred to be murder).
- You shall not commit adultery. (“Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart” Matthew 5:27-28; this also includes sex before marriage).
- You shall not steal. (Have you ever stolen anything? the value of the item is irrelevant).
- You shall not lie. (Have you lied even once? Including answering these questions).
- You shall not covet. (Have you ever jealously desired what belongs to others?)
The Bible says that God will punish all murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, adulterers, etc. He will even judge our words and thoughts. On Judgment Day, will you be found to be guilty or innocent of breaking His commandments?
Perhaps you think that God is good and will, therefore, overlook your sins. But it is His goodness that will make sure that murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, etc., receive justice. He would be a corrupt Judge if He turned a blind eye to injustice. Have you kept the Commandments?
What Does The Bible Say? Are You A Good Person?
The Bible says that the Law is perfect. It commands you to be perfect (Matthew 5:48). Are you perfect (in thought, word, and deed)? Will you make it to H