Originally posted by jhill76
reply to post by stupid girl
Therefore, "good" is entirely and completely subjective and there is no universal standard of measurement for "good."
I see, but the good I am referring to, is the blueprint that Brother left behind for all. Could this not be the universal standard to abide by?
When you say "Brother" I'm assuming you mean "Jesus", thus based on that assumption, the blueprint was already here as the Law which was given to
Moses. Jesus came to live out that Law, to the letter, then ultimately fulfill that Law, to the letter, by His death and resurrection.
No man is or was capable of fulfilling the Law given to Moses. No human being could do such a thing, it would be impossible. An entertaining book on
a regular Joe attempting to do so is called, "A Year Of Living Biblically" by A.J. Jacobs.
Anyway, the whole point of Jesus' life was to fulfill the Law required to accomplish "goodness" as per instructions from God Himself to Moses.
No one had done it before Jesus was born, and no one except Jesus has or will do it since.
He did it.
He said, "It is finished".
That meant, the requirements that were given to mankind to meet to obtain reconciliation for the stunt in the Garden had been met.
Two requirements: Death or a sinless life led according to the Law of God
Jesus went ahead and fulfilled them both, 'cuz He's thorough like that.
As a human being, Jesus met the requirements that had to be met by a human being to redeem mankind from eternal spiritual death.
A human being initiated the need for reconciliation, therefore reconciliation could only be fulfilled by a human being.
But God, being the way super clever God that He is, still fulfilled the requirements on our behalf while not breaking any of His own rules.
He fulfilled them on our behalf because He made us and He loves us and knows that we are simply not capable of meeting the requirements ourselves.
Let's say someone parks their big, black Yukon XL Denali in the Walmart parking lot next to a minivan full of 3 year olds. The mom tells them to be
careful when they get out of the vehicle so they don't scratch the Denali. She tells them if they scratch the Denali, then several days of
someone's life will have to be sacrificed to reconcile the damage. The kids pile out, and one of them sees a pretty white rock and picks it up. The
child reasons in its mind that "writing" is not the same as "scratching", plus the Denali is black and shiny and the child has decided that the
white rock suits it perfectly and commences to "write" pretty things with the white rock on the shiny black Denali.....thinking, won't Momma be
proud because I'm not scratching it plus I'm making it even better than it was to start with.
Momma sees what the child is doing and is not proud. But what is the point in explaining in detail to the child all the time and effort that will now
be required to rectify the ruinous act committed by the child? There's no way a 3 year old could understand that, nor would they even have the
capacity to sit there and listen attentively while you vainly tried to explain it to them.
All the child can understand is that Momma is super pissed off because they did something really bad that has to be fixed. Fixing the Denali will
likely take weeks, which is longer than the child can comprehend. Fixing the Denali will take hours on the phone and driving to the insurance office
and being repaired and paperwork and this and that and blah and blah. None of which the child could accomplish itself, nor even remotely be expected
So, Momma takes care of it, even though it made her mad and even though it will be a total pain in her ass and even though she wasn't the one who did
the damage. Momma takes care of it because it is her child, she loves it, she chose to give birth to it and bring it into the world and because she
is a good Momma.