ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Religion and Philosophy»
  • Christianity, the Bible & Jesus

YOU HAVE TO BE A GOOD PERSON

Updated on September 30, 2010

You Have To Be A Good Person

What exactly constitutes a person to be a good person? I often hear people praise their parent, friend, neighbor, co-worker, and religious preacher is a good person, but based on what were they rated as a good person?

Does a good person possess specific personality?

Does a good person have a gentle and kind countenance?

Does a good person have to be a religious person?

Are religious people automatically regarded as a good person?

All of the above questions are asking how we judge a person is a good person.

Sometime we judge a person is a good person by his/her good deeds and the way he/she treats other people. We see Mother Theresa is a good person because of her selfless humanitarian ministry to the poor people in India. Many people who see Mother Theresa is a good person never know her personally. How can they be sure she is a good person? My point is can we judge a good person superficially without knowing the person. Another point is do we need to know the person very well and long enough in order to judge he or she is a good person.

Well, may be or may be not.

In democratic countries, voters elected their constituent representatives to represent them in the government. Voters seldom know the candidate by person. They only know the candidate through articles in the media, gossips, and exaggerated ads on TV and radio. Most of the time, they assume their candidate can be trusted to stand up for them. How wrong they are! How many times do we see as soon as the candidate got elected, they forgot their promises and what they were elected for by their constituent voters. Many elected officials are a liar and a hypocrite. They look like a good person but they’re a pretender dressed up as such. So how do we elect a good person to represent our right and interest in government?

May be we should examine the candidate if he/she is good person through his/her friends, co-workers, and the kind of family life he/she leads more than we examine his/her achievement and education.

And what about religious leaders?

How often do we assume religious leaders are a good person because of his/her religious stature? We see the Pope is a holy person, so we think he must be a good person. The Pope is the world leader of the Catholic Church. However, his Catholic followers include Mafia leaders, corrupted politicians, and pedophilic priests who have little contrition in their wrong doings. If the Pope is a good person representing God, he has the obligation to kick out evil and wicked men from the Catholic Church. But how often you see the Pope cleans house for the sake of God?

Furthermore, we seldom see the Pope visits the poor and homeless on the street? Instead he travels to foreign countries with his expensive entourage visiting foreign dignitaries flaunting his religious figurehead. So based on what standard did we assume the Pope is a good person? Is this an image problem? Or the public is contended with superficial holiness to accept whoever is nominated to be the Pope?

On the contrary, a Buddhist monk is more likely to be seen as a good person than the Pope and many Christian preachers wearing expensive suits and ties. Buddhist monks adopt a humble lifestyle by begging for food and shelter. They wear simple Buddhist robe and seldom drive. They walk their talk. They appear to be a modest man abstains from materialistic desires. Although they’re poor, their trustworthiness of a genuine humble person is far more believable than the Pope and many Christian preachers.

Dalai Lama is the leader of the Tibetan Buddhism. He is highly respected as a man of peace and humility. If I have to judge who is a good person, I’ll pick Dalia Lama than the Pope. Am I being deceived by image? Or a good person must act and dress humbly?

A good person cannot be judged by how rich or poor the person has or has not. If wealth is the only criteria for defining if a person is a good person, then all the poor people in the world would be classified as a bad person.

Wealth has nothing to do with defining if a person a good person. A rich person can donate large sum of money to charity but that doesn’t mean he/she possesses a good and righteous heart. His/her act of generosity is not confirmation of a person’s goodness. A mobster can donate money to charity but that doesn’t mean he/she is a good person. Goodness is not defined by monetary value.

So what exactly is a good person?

Love, kindness, and forgiveness are divine attributes of God. In the image of God, every man and woman living on Earth inherited these attributes from God. A good person must be a practitioner of love, kindness, and forgiveness without prejudice and intent for gain. Whether the person is a Christian or not it is up to the person to practice those attributes bestowed to every man and woman by God.

Remember, there is a difference between a person who believes in goodness and a person who practices goodness. Which one are you?

A person who believes in goodness but doesn’t practice goodness is a pretender. This kind of person is usually a sour grape if he/she gains nothing in return for doing something good.

A genuine good person practices what he believes. He never asks for something in return for his/her act of love, kindness, righteousness and generosity.

A genuine good person forgives and forgets his offenders swiftly. He/she is a teacher of love without the need of religious doctrine to intimidate people. He/she teaches goodness by showing kindness and forgiveness. In his/her heart goodness is an act not a thought.

Goodness can’t be forged with an impure heart. It is difficult to pretend to be a good person. Here are five traits of a forger:

1. He/she advertises his or her deed of goodness.

2. He/she shows goodness by favoritism.

3. He/she shows goodness only to his own kind.

4. He/she expects something in return.

5. He/she invokes the name of God to praise his or her good deed.

There are many people like you who choose to be a good person. I thank you for your beautiful decision to be a good person. I know the world is unfair and unkind to good people. You may ask why good people always suffer and sometime die at early age. And is it worthy to be a good person in this unjust world?

The answer is A RESOUNDING YES!

You must persist in being a good person no matter how unfair and unkind the world treated you. Good people are the ones who are sustaining the power of love and righteousness in this world. If people ceased to be a good person, our world will be a colder, darker, and evil place to live.

YOU, the good person, are preventing mankind from sliding down into the abyss of evilness. You must continue to practice goodness at all cost. Your goodness saves the world!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Kenny K profile image
      Author

      Kenny K 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Anna for your kind words. I totally agree!

    • profile image

      Anna King 7 years ago

      Thank you for such a great article! the best way to develop your own divine attributes of God is through selfless acts of service. God wants us to be perfect, but he knows how difficult it is. If we all focused a little more on serving others, this world would be a much better place.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)