1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. (NIV 1978)
“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
My Musings – What is good? We all have a general idea what it means to be good, and we usually contrast it with bad or evil. But when it comes to man, in his fallen state, good is a relative term. Relative to one another, but not to God. In fact, the Bible states that “[t]here is no one righteous [good], not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10–12, NIV 1984). Only God is good.
Before the fall, mankind desired the knowledge of good and evil more than life. You might recall that there were two trees in the center of the garden – “In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9, NIV 1984).
But only one was forbidden – “And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:16–17, NIV 1984). And that is the one they desired.
When it came to choices, mankind chose what was forbidden and forfeited what they already had – goodness and innocence. It was a “fool’s choice,” for who needs to know the difference (good versus evil) when all they have and all they are is good and innocent? In making the “fool’s choice” mankind also gave up the opportunity to live forever in that state (good and innocent).
As a consequence of that choice, God was no longer “safe,” for mankind. But He was still good. “He’s the King, I tell you.” And His love “endures forever,” even in the wake of mankind’s bad choices. Because of His goodness and love, He was compelled to provide a way back to the paradise lost, through the death and resurrection of the only man to ever be good (“the exact representation of His being“) relative to God – the second Adam, God’s only Son Jesus. By accepting Christ, that goodness is imputed to man. It all boils down to another choice. This time will we choose the “tree of life” or will we continue to think that our ill-gotten knowledge is “better?”
My Advice – Choose wisely, choose life.