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What Is Being Good

Scripture 19:17, "And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments." We give your ideas about this Scripture what is Jesus saying here about being good.

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Jesus is Emmanuel, "God with us". Jesus says: "I and Father are one. He that sees me sees him that sent me. Believe me that I in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me because of the very miracles' sake. You all call me The Lord, indeed you all say well, for I am. I am the Alpha and the Omega, Beginning and Ultimate, which from being, and which to being, and which coming, The Almighty. I am from above, I am not of this world: If you all believe not that I AM, you all will die in your sins."
---Eloy on 6/15/10

Earl, Jesus was affirming what the man said, that he is Good. And the greek word "meizon" in John 14:28 has also been mistranslated into the English word "greater", but the correct translation in John 14:28 is "larger" and not greater, for Jesus professes that he is The Almighty God, and has proved this in the sight of man. Else how could Jesus say he is truly The Almighty if there was some other one whom is greater? "Phillip says to him, Show us The Father and it satisfies us. Jesus says to him, Have I been so long time with you, and still you have not known me, Phillip? the person that has seen me has seen The Father, therefore how say you, Show us The Father?" John 14:8,9.
---Eloy on 6/13/10

John 14:28b for my Father is greater than I.
Phi 2:6-8 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Heb 2:9-10 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour, that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
---micha9344 on 6/13/10

Jesus as always diverted the idea of someone wanting to think of worshiping him.He again diverted this idea and instructed the person who was actually the greatest good of all.A comparrison of this is when Jesus stated God was greater than himself.
---earl on 6/12/10

Lego kai prosevxo ellinika.

Milete ellinka, Eloy,
---Cluny on 6/12/10

Satan delights in using this mistranslation to blaspheme Christ. But it reads from the lit.Gk: "He thereupon said to him, How me called good? none good if not the God: but if you desire to enter into the life, keep the commndments. I am the Good Shepherd: the Good shepherd gives his life for the sheep. Even so every good tree brings forward good fruit, but a corrupt tree brings forward bad fruit. I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. His Lord said to him, Well done, Good and Faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of the Lord." Matthew 19:17+ John 10:11+ Matthew 7:17+ 9:13+ 25:21.
---Eloy on 6/12/10

"what is Jesus saying here about being good." Nothing.
He said, exactly what He meant.
"There is none good but one, that is, God" and I would add, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights."
---Josef on 6/12/10

in the contxt of the KJV, I totally agree.
---aka.joseph on 6/11/10

The meaning behind the words of Jesus could easily be understood as Jesus saying he was God.
---mima on 6/11/10

You must know that you are sinner, before you can accept the good news. Jesus, was being rather sarcastic, because this young rich ruler thought that he was hot stuff. He didn't steal, he didn't kill, ect, however, Jesus said, "that's not enough go and sell everything you own, and follow me". This rich ruler really thought he was without sin, just, because he obeyed a few commandments. Note: Jesus is in noway saying that He is not God, because we all know He is, He was trying to make a point. That only God is truly good.
---catherine on 6/11/10

Read Romans 7:18 KJV.

Because God is Spirit, and not of the flesh.
Satan corrupted the flesh.
While in the Flesh we can not be good.
If a man is good, it is not he that is good, but it is God in Man that makes him good.
For this to happen, one must be born of the Spirit, Born of God.

John 3:6
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
---David on 6/11/10

I checked a total of 21 different versions (including 3 KJVs). Every version, except the 3 KJVs and Youngs Literal Version, says something like "Why do you ask me about what is good" instead of "Why callest thou me good?"

I prefer the KJVs over the others (like miche3754), but there are difficulties with this version like this verse.

With all respect, I think this is a cherry picked verse from a difficult translation that can cause more derision than edification. I think the important point of vs. 16-24, to follow the commandments is good, but to be perfect (or to be perfected) sacrifice what you have for others and follow Jesus.
---aka.joseph on 6/10/10

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