First impressions are everything, right? As it concerns people we meet, and the first day at the new job, first impressions can make or break a relationship or career path. In the Bible, our first impression of God is that his intent and actions are motivated by goodness, clearly making him a Good God. Everything he said and did in the first two chapters of Genesis are followed by the phrases, “and God saw that it was good, and God saw that it was very good.”
Our “achievement” driven culture tends to emphasize “best & better” over “good & goodness.” After all, to be good is ok, fine, and acceptable, but why just be good when you can be great? With this in mind, the first two chapters of Genesis are often retold, swapping out the “ok” good word for the “better” perfect word. Hey, we want people to get the idea that God is way more than just ok, right? Perhaps our “retelling” motives are “good” but the outcome is far less than perfect, especially when it comes to making first impressions.
Take a listen to the following versions of God and his gospel, and let us know which one you were first introduced to and what kind of impression has it made on you.
THE PERFECT VERSION:
THINK YOU KNOW THE MEANING OF “GOOD” & “PERFECT” AS THEY ARE USED BY THE WRITERS OF THE BIBLE?
“GOOD” (2896 towb)
pleasant, agreeable, charming, delightful, favorable & festive!
“PERFECT” (5046 teleios)
mature, maturity, going through the necessary stages to reach an end-goal.
IN OUR MODERN CULTURE, DO YOU THINK WE OFTEN USE THESE WORDS DIFFERENTLY? IF SO, DO YOU THINK WE MAY SOMETIMES MISREPRESENT WHO GOD IS AND WHAT CERTAIN SCRIPTURES REALLY MEAN?
LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING VIDEO WHICH EMPLOYS THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF THESE WORDS:
THE GOOD VERSION:
After hearing both versions, do we have you thinking? Let us know which version your first impression of God was based on, how it made you feel, and which one you prefer. Thanks!