Good From God, Not God From Good
Everyday there seem to be more people calling for “tolerance,” universalism and acceptance of worldviews from around the world. They use buzzwords like “common ground” and “interfaith dialogue” to sway people into worshiping the law instead of the Lawgiver, the judgment instead of the Judge and the words instead of the Word. For Christians and faithful Jews, these aren’t simply calls for repudiations of violence or peaceful debates, but fundamental contradictions of our God-given teachings.
The Dalai Lama has said: “All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” He expressed the same belief on many other occasions. Others have echoed these sentiments. There are numerous new age, “Christian,” occult and secular people and groups who hold similar opinions. As you can see from this image, it’s a popular spirit of this age.
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Take note of how Jesus makes it clear that loving God comes before loving your neighbor(aka others) and keeping God’s commandments. To love God, you must know Him and to know Him, you must acknowledge Him. If you don’t know who God is, it’s impossible to keep his commandments.
Jesus also said in John 14: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” He also says in John 10: “I and the Father are one.” These passages show Jesus is God. They also show there is no other way to salvation. Hence, anyone who wishes to have salvation must keep the greatest commandment before he can begin to keep any other commandments of God.
It’s blasphemous to say or imply that it’s possible to be “good without God” because in doing so, you imply God’s commandments are greater than Him or that they don’t come from Him at all. To say it another way, the commandments come from God, not God from the commandments.
We don’t care about Jesus because He loved. We care about love because of Jesus. The same can be said about morality, compassion, justice and any other metaphysical virtues described in the Bible and tossed around as buzzwords in the modern world.
The denial of God is a denial of all things loving and good. It isn’t that He has those traits and we worship Him, it’s that His own desire causes those traits to exist. There is no good without God because good itself comes from God – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. If God desires to save or destroy, it’s good simply because He desires it. The Lord of Hosts is the King of kings and Lord of lords. His desire is good.
Jesus tells us in Mark 10, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Jesus and the Lord of Hosts are one. Repent in the name of Jesus Christ and do what He says or perish.