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How exactly does one define....

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by ktn4eg, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. ktn4eg

    ktn4eg New Member

    Nov 19, 2004
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    ....."good men"?

    Often I read in posts on BB about controversial subjects that "good men" have different ideas/interpretations over X [whatever the subject may be].

    So, tell me, how precisely does an individual attain to the position of a "good man"?

    Is a "good man" merely someone who happens to agree with the majority of one's own personal view(s) on theology?

    EX: Would an arminian consider John Gill a "good man"? Would a calvinist consider Finney a "good man"?

    According to Romans 3, I'm not so sure that we should call any person "good."
  2. Rippon

    Rippon Well-Known Member
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    Dec 12, 2005
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    Good post. I'm sure many will share some good opinions. ;)

    Hmm...when one stacks John Gill up against Charles Finney doing the old Ben Franklin approach of pros and cons -- Gill comes out way ahead. Was Gill "good" in and of himself? Certainly not. But the Lord is the giver of "good" gifts.
  3. Van

    Van Well-Known Member
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    To an extent, good and evil are in the eye of the beholder. A hunter makes a good shot, falling the prey, but if the prey could talk, it might say he was murdered for sport. If a tornado hits your home, you might say it was an evil wind, yet our harsh environment results in some seeking God as a refuge.

    Jesus said no one was good except God, teaching I suppose that Jesus might be God because He was considered good.

    If we define "good" as something or someone that fills a need, then many men can be considered "good" even though they are deeply flawed (committing sinful acts, whether born anew or not.)

    Turning to bible teachers, if a bible teacher opens our eyes to the truth, or causes us to consider the possibility that our prior view might be mistaken, then I would say he or she fills a need and is therefore good.

    No bible teacher should be expected to hit the nail on the head all the time, being fallible and seeing through a glass darkly, but if he or she uses a consistent hermeneutic, rather than using this rule here and that rule their, like the NWT translators, and teaches his or her view of truth with integrity, I would say they are "good."
    #3 Van, Dec 11, 2013
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