Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Goodness of Man

The Bible said that men are created in the image and likeness of God. I would like to believe that since we are created by God we must have even a tinge of goodness in our hearts even if we have been scarred by sin.

Yes, we know people who have done inexplicably wicked things. We can all see it on TV, there are people who live by taking advantage of other people, people who cheat and con even their friends and family. But I still believe that there are more good men out there, people who are ready to help, people who are compassionate and God-fearing.

If people don’t believe the goodness of man; how can they believe in the goodness of God?

Here is a story taken from Tonne and was included in Fr. Mihalic’s collection of stories:

A wealthy businessman in a mid-western town had signs printed and placed all over the town. They stated that if any man in the town who owed debts, would come to his office on a certain day between nine and twelve in the morning, he would pay the debts.

Naturally, that promise was the talk of the town. Very few believed it. They thought there was a catch somewhere.

The day came; the businessman sat in his office at nine. By ten, no one had come. At eleven, a man was seen walking up and down outside, glancing occasionally at the office door. Finally, he opened it, put his head in, and asked, “Is it true that you will pay any man’s debt?”
“That’s right,” the rich man replied. “Are you in debt?”
“I certainly am,” the man said.
“Do you have along the bills or statements to prove it.”

The visitor produced the documents and the businessman wrote out a cheque covering all of them. Before twelve o’clock two other men came, and also had their debts paid.

People outside could not believe it… but there was no time left for them to have their bills paid.
Have a blessed Sunday to us all!

1 comment:

betchai said...

i always believe in the goodness of man, though of course there are others (but I believe a few) who may have forgotten the goodness in them, but I still believe, you spark something from them and the natural goodness come in.


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