The Son Will Reveal Him…
“Be a good person is all you need in order to go to heaven.” Some people actually believe this and, still others, will share this with someone they are attempting to introduce to Jesus Christ. Well, nothing could be further from the Truth. As far as we are aware Jesus Christ never once says this. As far as we are aware Jesus Christ never once eludes to this phrase. First, we must know Jesus Christ, we must accept Him as our Savior, as the Son of God, who died for our sins and was resurrected after three days.
All things are delivered to Me of My Father: and no man knows who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal Him. ~ Luke 10:22 KJB
My guess is many people were just offended or got upset or left the website never to return. This false doctrine reminds us of a short phrase in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) that has been warped, twisted and bastardized into oblivion. In AA there is a phrase “…God as we understood Him.” that is used in two of the Steps. The story of the Good Samaritan is suffering the same fate. Maybe not the point as the phrase in AA, but still it is getting twisted and warped into something that it was never, ever intended. When there are weak minds teaching, and even weaker minds attempting to learn, something that began as a small spark can quickly become a raging fire.
The story of the Good Samaritan teaches us several things about Jesus Christ, our relationship to Him and who He is to us. The Father, as we learned from the verse above, is revealed only to the Son, Jesus Christ and the Son, Jesus Christ is only revealed to the Father and to those whom Jesus finds to be true in their pain, in their search and in the heart of a desperate cry for healing. Do we see, feel and care for others as we are “being a good person”?
We are not going to find the Father in a Priest that has contempt for this group of people or that group of people while claiming to love “his” people. We are not going to find the Father in a church authority that claims to be serving the Son while ignoring the pain and suffering of some of the people in their sphere of influence.
We will only find the Father revealed through the Son in a person, no matter who that person is, where they are from or what background from which they were raised, only if, that person is willing to see with their eyes someone in pain. If they feel empathy for another person’s condition and if they get down to the same level as the person they see and feel. Get down and truly help. Dig in your wallet and make a change for someone else. Bring the necessary treatment to the person in need.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. ~ Luke 10:33-35 KJB
We can say and do whatever we like and shot from the housetops what a good person we are and how we do this and do that for others. But if our intent is not true, if our heart is void, then we have done nothing except feed our ego. We have done nothing to advance the Kingdom of God.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.