Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mark 10:18

In the story of the rich young ruler, John Mark came to Jesus and asked what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus asked him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, and that is God."

Looky there -- even Jesus preaches and catechizes from the Scriptures. "No one is good" comes straight out of Psalm 14 and Psalm 53. God Himself sticks to the texts once given. That is amazing to me.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. Someone who appears to be a Jehovah's Witness submitted a comment on this post. (He may not be a JW, but he asserted that there are three gods and that they are not coequal.)

    His logic says that this verse indicates Jesus is not God. He says it shows that no one is good except God the Father, and thus Jesus isn't God. Forget theology for a moment; forget religion. Simple logic indicates that Jesus could be saying:
    a) since I'm not God, you ought not call me good, or
    b) I am good, and I am God.

    Seeing as how, all through the Gospel of John (and in other Gospels too), Jesus took the name "I AM" (the Old Testament name of God given to Moses at the burning bush) and applied it to Himself,

    and seeing as how He was willing to be killed for claiming to be God,

    I'm really kind of thinking that the explanation for this Mark passage is not a denial of His divinity at all, but the acceptance of Mark's assertion that Jesus IS good, and Jesus' claim that He IS God.