God's goodness

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it has been said.

My mother used to get terribly angry when I imitated her instructions to me. It was not done from a mocking or demeaning manner, but because imitating her was fun. Usually, my attempts were met with a swift, “Just you wait until your father gets home!”

The disciple Jesus loved wrote, “Dear friend, do not imitate what is bad but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does what is bad has not seen God.(2 John 11 NET).

One of the attributes of God is goodness. Apart from God, man has no idea what good is. Some believe that whatever works is good; some think if it feels good, do it.

The example of God’s goodness in the Bible is the supreme definition of what is good. The reason this is true is because God is righteous and just. God always does what is right, contrary to what worldly people think.

Celebrated atheist Richard Dawkins called God “the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a pretty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser…” /[1]

Dawkins woefully misunderstands God. He looks at the Old Testament through tainted eyes, seeing only what he wishes to see to prove his point.

God gives to all time and opportunity to repent. Dawkins failed to notice one of the Old Testament greatest examples of God’s love in the book of Jonah. God gave the Ninevites time to repent and sent Jonah to warn them. They did repent and avoided the justice of God.

God has treated all humanity as a father treats his children. “God is treating you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline?” the writer of Hebrews asked (Hebrews 12:8). God attempts to correct before he metes out justice. In both, he always shows his great goodness.

God’s attribute of goodness is an example worth imitating. None of us are ever going to imitate it perfectly, but we still need to make an attempt because we should want to do as the apostle instructs, “the one who does good is of God.”

[1]/”The God Delusion,” by Richard Dawkins, e-book.

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