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What is good? I have no intention to get into a philosophical discussion about Platonic system, but simply to provide my meditation on this subject to stimulate your thoughts.
I guess, to many, Mercedes is a good car for its engineering design and reliability, a great mansion is a good house for its prestige and comfort, an Ivy-league graduate is a good child for his academic achievements, and a respectable profession with a high pay is a good job for the personal satisfaction it brings to a person. There seems nothing wrong with these, and we sure will find much resonance among general public. But a Mercedes may not be as good when it comes to maintenance and repair cost, a mansion may not be as good for its monthly utility bills and cleaning effort, an Ivy-league graduate may not be as good if he becomes arrogant and look down to others, and a highly-paid job may not be good if it demands an 80-hour work week. Our view of good can be fluid sometimes.
Saying something is good always implies a standard, and such standard can change with many factors. But the Bible set its standard in the first chapter of the first book: “God saw that it was good” (Gen 1). There was one absolute standard in the beginning, and everything was good by that absolute standard. The psalmist says “Thou art my Lord; I have no good besides Thee” (Ps 16:2, NASB). All our good things come from God, for he is the ultimate standard for what good is and he is our portion and inheritance (16:5). Jesus said “there is only one who is good” (Mt 19:17). When Adam and Eve ate the fruit, they abandoned God’s standard and established their own. From then on, “the sorrow of those increase” (Ps 16:4) for they had replaced God with their own standard, their own gods.
Establishing a new standard that is based on the Word of God, or recovering the lost absolute standard from the Genesis 3 standpoint, is the essence of being transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom 12:2). And when that standard is firmly engraved unto our mind and our heart, we will be able to “”test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will” (Rom 12:2). The promise by God through the psalmist is that our heart will be glad and our tongue will rejoice and our body will rest secure (Ps 16:9). Now, that is really good!
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