A Journey of Loving God: How Can I Know God is Good?

A believer in God supposedly believes that God is good—no evil or wickedness can be found in Him. It is a common ground in every religion or belief. At least, it is true for monotheism that the Deity is holy, pure, noble in essence, and all things that come from Him are good.

But how can we truly know that God is good?

God’s goodness in the creation

When we look at the creation (mountain, ocean, sky, …, and the universe), can our conscience testify the goodness of God? Can we still deny the existence of God? Which one is easier: to accept (believe) God or to reject (deny) God? Does it not take more faith to believe that the universe is a product of random, disorder collisions?

Well, our human minds are limited—we may never fully comprehend the things of God. But the things necessary for us to know have been revealed through His saints in the ancient times.

If we choose not to believe His revelation, do we have a better explanation?

Can we even explain how electron came into existence? How small is electron? It has been reported that the size of electron to dust is comparable to the size of dust to the earth. Modern people use electricity every day and with technology, we can now exchange information electronically. Whether we realize it or not, we are surrounded by electron, a tiny and invisible subatomic particle, in the entire life.

If we can believe that electron exists, why can’t we believe in God, the greatest of all?

God’s goodness in the salvation

Every earthly creature will die one day (unless the Creator miraculously spares it). Therefore, we all desperately need salvation.

Now, if God is good, logically He will want to save all humanity from eternal death. In other words, He will make salvation available and accessible to everyone. (Correct me if I am wrong.)

If God is good, I believe salvation should be clear, simple, and secure. First thing to keep in mind: salvation is the gift of God. Let’s dive into each criteria.

  1. Salvation should be clear. It speaks about God’s plan. A good God would reveal His plan of salvation with a clarity that even an uneducated person can understand.
  2. Salvation should be simple. It speaks about God’s purpose. A good God would purposefully make His salvation available and accessible to all people.
  3. Salvation should be secure. It speaks about God’s promise and power. A good God would keep His promise and has authority to make the salvation eternally secure for all who accept His gift by faith.

Now, you may ask yourselves: Am I believing in God who really wants to save me? Ask further these questions:

  • Is His salvation plan made clear (not fuzzy) that I can share it with no doubts to others?
  • Is His salvation purpose made simple (not complicated) that I can even rejoice in my heart for His generosity?
  • Is His salvation promise made secure (not uncertain) that I can rest assured and find total comfort in the power of His love?

If you feel uneasy answering them, can you still be sure with the goodness of God whom you worship?

While there are many gods in this world, there is only essentially one true God. He is the Creator and the Savior of this world. People in the ancient times called Him “Yahweh” or “Jehovah” and predicted the coming of God in human flesh, a virgin born Messiah. The prophecy has been fulfilled since about two millennials ago in the Son of God and the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.

In Jesus Christ, salvation has been made clear: it is the gift of God, given by grace, received through faith in Him alone.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

In Jesus Christ, salvation has been made simple: there is only one way of salvation and it is available to everyone.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John 14:6

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

Titus 2:11

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 

Romans 10:9

In Jesus Christ, salvation has been made secure: this gift of God is irrevocable, it is eternally secure, and nothing can separate us from His everlasting love.

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

John 6:37

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

John 10:28

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

So now… what are you waiting for? Would you believe that God is good? Would you believe He loves you and wants to save you forever? Would you believe that your salvation is guaranteed thanks to His power of love?

If you would accept Jesus Christ as your Savior today, you can pray this prayer wherever you are at this moment:

Heavenly Father,
I confess that I am a sinner. I am sorry for all my sins and ask You to come into my life. I believe that Jesus Christ died for me on the cross to save me and give me a new life. I commit myself to You, my Lord and my Savior. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and help me become the kind of person You want me to be. Thank You for Your mercy and grace. In the name of Jesus I pray.

Vancouver, June 9, 2020

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