THE DANGEROUS SELF-DELUSION OF BEING A GOOD PERSON - Father Spyridon


Video from Father Spyridon


"We can make an idol of the false idea that we are a good person.' from video introduction.


Why Being a Good Person Isn’t Enough to Get You to Heaven

Misconception: “Being a good person is enough to get to heaven.”Some time ago, I (Sean) had an in-depth discussion with a college student about the morality of hell. Even though I provided every philosophical and theological justification I could muster, he simply couldn’t accept that a loving and just God would send anyone to hell. After about an hour of conversation, it finally dawned on me. His primary problem was that he believed in the essential good- ness of mankind. From his perspective, hell seemed like total overkill for basically good people who commit a few small indiscretions. In one sense, he’s right. If hell were the consequence for small missteps, it would seem remarkably unjust. C. S. Lewis has rightly observed, “When we say that we are bad, the ‘wrath’ of God seems a barbarous doctrine; as soon as we perceive our badness, it appears inevitable, a mere corollary from God’s goodness.” (Lewis, PP, 52).." from the article: Why Being a Good Person Isn’t Enough to Get You to Heaven


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