What Makes A Person Good?

What qualifies a person to be good? Some people say humans are naturally evil while some say they naturally good. Some say we are all sinners. No one is so pure that he has never done a bad thing. If a person can be good and bad at some point, where do we find the balance where you can call a person good? What really makes one a “good’ man or a “good” woman? Are we born naturally good or do we become good? What is the reward for “goodness” according to religion?


Matthew 5:16King James Version (KJV)
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 12:35King James Version (KJV)
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

Luke 6:35King James Version (KJV)
35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.



“Those who spend their wealth [in Allah's way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly - they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.” Qur’an 2:274

“The patient, the true, the obedient, those who spend [in the way of Allah], and those who seek forgiveness before dawn.” Qur’an 3:17

“Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people - and Allah loves the doers of good.” Qur’an 3:134


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