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?

Bible

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.
Job 29:1-16King James Version (KJV)
29 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
2 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me;
3 When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;
4 As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle;
5 When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me;
6 When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;
7 When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!
8 The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.
9 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
10 The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.
11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.
14 I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.
15 I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
16 I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

Quran

A good person is one who worships God (alone) and lives by the teaching of God. This entails being faithful to God as well as other creatures. A good person has goodwill for all and demonstrates the best of conduct.
“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
“And those who are patient, seeking the countenance of their Lord, and establish prayer and spend from what We have provided for them secretly and publicly and prevent evil with good - those will have the good consequence of [this] home” Qur’an 13:22

  • Felicia Amos

    Hmmmm,what is acceptable to God is what makes a man good!!