Think of your favorite song, or movie, or piece of art. When you experience something good, something more comes out of it. Whether it be joy, inspiration, or motivation.
DOCTRINE #26: GOOD
Good is the effect of right and just. Good means something of value was created.
Question: Do you believe there are any areas in your life you consider "good" but are not creating?
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If you need it, here is the support from the Word of God...
"28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have whereof to give to him that hath need.
29 Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear." (Ephesians 4:28-29)
(Good results in creating something of value that can be given to another. Just like someone who labors with their hands, we can edify with our mouth and create. We learned about how we ought to toil with our words as a teacher, and that would make us a workman (What vs. How/Why). Good is edifying/profitable.)
"3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk, Or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?" (Job 15:3)
(Unprofitable cannot create. Unprofitable talk is equated to "vain babblings" that we learned in the What vs. How/Why Doctrine. A fake fire does not give off any heat. Good cannot come out of unprofitable talk.)
"35 And let them gather all the food of these good years that come, and lay up grain under the hand of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it." (Genesis 41:35)
(The good years were when food was produced and gathered. This was also an example of Joseph having faith!)
"34 Salt therefore is good: but if even the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
35 It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill: men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." (Luke 14:34-35)
(Salt creates, but if it doesn't it is useless and thrown away. Salt is a WHAT, if salt has or does not have its flavor, it is salt. Salt with flavor has a use, a HOW/WHY. If salt is only a What it is useless and thrown away, because it does not create.)
"9 And even now the axe also lieth at the root of the trees: every tree therefore that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." (Luke 3:9)
(The same thing is true with the tree that doesn't create, it is thrown into the fire. The good trees are the ones that produce fruit: something is created.)
"23 And he that was sown upon the good ground, this is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; who verily beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." (Matthew 13:23)
(This verse not only said the good ground created, but that the creation was associated with understanding. Remember the definition of understanding? It's the same as next passage.)
"8 He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: He that keepeth understanding shall find good." (Proverbs 19:8)
(Knowledge is a What, it is a fact. Wisdom is the How, and in this passage the actions and decision present was someone loving their own soul. Understanding is the Why, because whoever keeps it shall find GOOD or create. The HOW/WHY create because they are the CAUSES.)
"71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; That I may learn thy statutes." (Psalm 119:71)
(Something "bad" can be seen as good because something of value was created. In the mercy Doctrine we learned that it is Right for God to be merciful to whom He chooses, and can give spankings to those whom it is Right for Him to do so. When God afflicts or punishes us, we can learn and become profitable. David said something good came from affliction that he may learn God's Law.)
"12 So that the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good." (Romans 7:12)
(God's Law is Holy, Righteous, and Good... it creates. You can create with your words, if you know the definitions to the words you use! God spoke creation. His How/Why is perfect and Good. Words are important...)
"3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." (Genesis 1:4)
(God stated that the light creates. Are most people productive during the day or the night?)
"31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day." (Genesis 1:31)
(In fact, God stated the entirety of His creation was very good. When all creation was made it had order, and purpose, and recognized how great God really was.)
"18 And Jehovah God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him." (Genesis 2:18)
(God said it is not good for man to be alone because he will be unable to create.)
"15 And Moses said unto his father-in-law, Because the people come unto me to inquire of God:
16 when they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.
17 And Moses' father-in-law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for the thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone." (Exodus 18:15-18)
(Moses' father-in-law said the same thing to Moses as God said about Adam. "Wear away" means that they will fade like a leaf on a tree does. Leaves eventually stop creating, something that we learned in Man's Thinking.)
"11 And they sang one to another in praising and giving thanks unto Jehovah, saying, For he is good, for his lovingkindness endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised Jehovah, because the foundation of the house of Jehovah was laid." (Ezra 3:11)
(God is Good. God creates in the long term and can be perfect.)
"17 And as he was going forth into the way, there ran one to him, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good save one, even God." (Mark 10:17-18)
(Jesus said only God is Good. Only God creates in the long term. Jesus was fully God and fully man. While He was on earth He allowed God to direct all His decisions and actions, which was Wisdom.)
"20 And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: lo, I have gained other five talents.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord." (Matthew 25:20-21)
(The servant created five talents and these actions were done before he saw his master come back. He was called "good" because his results created. He was called FAITHFUL because his actions proved he believed his master was coming back (a belief in something that hasn't happened yet) without seeing it (a belief in something that you can't see). Man can do good, but only God is Good.)
Now we understand what "good" means. Jesus' understanding of the word "good" proved that He knew who got the credit for creation, for profitability, for edifying.
What is the opposite of GOOD?