Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.
How did Jesus resounding answer! No one is good but One, that is, God. Many say they are good people, but the Lord says that no human being is good. I’m sorry for those who until now had been considered good; no one passes the test of goodness before God. The reason is quite simple to explain. If the standard for measuring the level of goodness is God Himself, it is completely impossible for anyone to successfully overcome the test.
Most people think they are good. I myself, for many years, was a participant of that error. As much of humanity, I thought the lie I heard as a child about there are things worse and less bad. Then I did an idea in my mind that the less bad things could be considered, which did not make me a bad person, but someone fairly good. Therefore, I did not consider at risk of going off to hell, maybe it would happen only by a light punishment in the imaginary purgatory.
The reason why many, as happened with me, are considered themselves as good is because we use the wrong standard. We believe well because we compare ourselves with people like Pedro Lopez, “The Monster of the Andes,” who killed about 350 children in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Or we compare to Jack the Ripper, or terrorists like Timothy McVeigh and his 168 dead in Oklahoma City. We may think that our evil does not compare with that of Pablo Escobar Gaviria, Al Capone or Adolf Hitler.
The downside of all this is that what we are measuring our goodness, not how much is our wickedness. Therefore, instead of using a standard of evil, we must make the comparison using a standard of goodness. The only valid standard of goodness is God Himself. That’s why absolutely no one will be considered good. To Jack the Ripper we look like angels, but compared to God we are as bad as the worst criminal.
British preacher John Blanchard (1932- ) said: “The Bible presents man as a creature that rises, but as one who has fallen.” In this regard, in the light of Scripture, none of us would pass the goodness test. We are all in the same boat as serial murderers, rapists, terrorists, drug traffickers, tyrants, robbers, the killers and all kinds of criminals.
If you are still in your heart resisting admitting you’re not better than the worst criminals because your morality is better than theirs, look what it says Charles Spurgeon: “Morality can stay you out of jail, but only the blood of Jesus can stay you out of hell.” You might think that you’ve not committed crimes that take you to jail, but your sins lead to hell and only Jesus saves you. God bless you.