There is a question that only you in the privacy of your own thoughts can answer truthfully. Come to think of it you might not answer it truthfully even then. I think we sometimes fool our own self, ignore the way things really are as if we don’t acknowledge something it doesn’t exist.
You may quote a scripture to me instead of answering (I seriously doubt it but just saying it could happen). I started to go ahead and give you the verse and where it can be found (three different places, Matthew, Mark and Luke all recorded it), but I want to give you the second half of the verse before I do that or tell you where it is. It says, “You know the commandments, don’t you? No illicit sex, no killing, no stealing, no lying, honor your father and mother.” Well we all know that those things are wrong, not right, sins even, except the one about honoring your parents which is one of the commandments… so you can answer that part of the question/statement by saying, “I don’t do any of those things and I do honor my parents, so…”
So what? You’re living the life commanded you should live?
How about if I asked you if you treat your fellow man the way you wish they would treat you? Could you answer that in the affirmative too?
Are you wondering if I live by these rules myself? I would answer you that I was raised to live a clean life, and I had wonderful parents and I was their care taker until their death, that’s not the most important thing, the most important part is the one I have to hardest time with, the part where you have to be good to people who are rude, disrespectful, discouraging, judgmental and try to hide the fact that they are doing you in behind your back. That’s the hard one. It goes all the way back to being in elementary school and having to be nice to name callers and rude children, keeping my mouth shut when I wanted to speak up for myself, these children and their parents attended our church and I had to see their self-righteous mothers look sanctimonious in church on Sunday knowing that their children were being horrible to me for no real reason except that they could. So yeah, it’s a little hard for me. I have a problem with that.
But I digress, what is the question?
Are you a good person? I mean really good in private, when no one knows what you’re doing or thinking good? You don’t have to answer me, I just want you to ask that of yourself and be honest…
Oh and the scripture that I gave you the second half of is, Luke 18: 19-20
Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good—only God. You know the commandments, don’t you? No illicit sex, no killing, no stealing, no lying, honor your father and mother.”