Quit Trying to be Good

The following is from my book "Godly Abundance and Prosperity"

Mark 10:18
And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

A man speaking with Jesus called him "good teacher", but Jesus rejected this title. If Jesus himself did not regard himself or any other person as "good", then why is so much effort being spent on attempting to reforming people to make them "good"?

The question is asked over and over, "…why do bad things happen to good people?". The assumption of this question is that if a person is "good" then bad things should not happen to them. Hidden away are other, related questions; "…how good do I have to be before I obtain deliverance or prosperity?", "…what did I do that was so "bad" that I deserved this challenge or crisis?"

Again, the theories of the self-help industry and the corporate religious institutions place the emphasis on the individual as the cause of bad things happening. Briefly, the theory is that you must recognize your badness, correct it, and become good. It is the individual that must be corrected so as to bring about the blessings of deliverance and prosperity. These theories and teachings are very ancient, as will be seen.

The book of Job is a record of a man that many would regard as "very good". Yet very evil things happened to him. Not only that, but he was subjected to the kind of abuses that many in the religious realm will recognize. The book of Job is unique in that it plainly describes the actual causes of Job's calamities, the actual nature (godly or ungodly) of the self-help theories, and what a Godly believer should do in such circumstances.

Job's victories were such a stunning triumph that he remains a subject of derision in the religious realm, even to this day. This account of his life provides a complete and absolute refutation of the doctrines and beliefs promoted by the corporate religious institutions and the self-help industry.

There is much that can be learned by studying Job. The care-giver, friend, acquaintance, and employee of those who are challenged all have something to learn.

Are you a mother, father, husband, wife, employer? Does anyone look up to you, or do you influence anyone? Then you are a leader. Those who are, or who would be leaders should pay special attention to Job. He illustrates and personifies God's view of leadership. It is a warning to leaders of the kind of spiritual pressures that this world reserves for those who function effectively as leaders. It is encouragement to leaders, communicating the care and the love that God has for those who function effectively as leaders.

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Deliverance and Self Condemnation

Throughout the years, I have known of and accompanied many on a search for personal deliverance. We were searching for such things as healing, strength, fame, fortune and love. After great effort, sometimes for years, the only result was self condemnation, poverty and in some cases, death. Most have continued with unresolved needs, but the search for deliverance has left them scarred with the additional specter of nagging self doubt, self condemnation and sin consciousness. In some others, the search has cultivated an enduring bitterness against God.
 
"So much of the self-help industry and corporate religion is dedicated to the individual in crisis. Libraries of books have been written and centuries of sermons have been delivered describing what the individual has done wrong to bring calamity to themselves. Following the criticism is a prescription of actions to take and principles to apply which will appropriate deliverance. A majority of these teachings from the religious realm use the Bible as the source of their theories and prescriptions. The Bible is used to legitimize their theories.
 
From the corporate religious institutions we are taught how to be 'good' or 'righteous' so as to curry divine favor and to avoid divine 'wrath'.
Is this really a proper use of the Bible? Is it a book which defines the correct conduct of the individual which will bring about an abundance of prosperity? Is it a book which shows us the way to avoid the wrath of an angry god? Is it a book which imparts legitimacy to a religious institution, its officers, its policies and procedures?"
 
Self condemnation is one of the most miserable, damaging and hurtful devices which is cultivated in us. The chapter "No Condemnation" addresses this device, showing how it is NOT a godly practice; God does NOT want us to condemn ourselves at all. The chapter also shows how the Bible is misused to promote self condemnation.
 
The great man of God, Job, was subject to the same pressures and devices used in religion today, such as self condemnation. The two chapters on Job illustrate how Job was abused in the same manner as many of us have experienced. It also shows the wonderful results of his endurance which occurred, even before he was delivered.
 
A similar post was written specifically regarding the Quest for Healing:
 
If you have unresolved issues between you and God, if you have experienced abuse in your search for deliverance, or if you just want to help others, then the book "Godly Abundance and Prosperity" was written for you.
 
My book "Godly Abundance and Prosperity", Kindle edition, is now available at
The paperback is available at https://www.createspace.com/4552448
 
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(C)2015 Keith S. Radcliffe