It is Good!

1 Timothy 4:4
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.

One of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith is that everything — absolutely everything — is good.  All creation is good because it is God’s creation and He makes nothing evil.  Many people are startled to hear this because they have the notion that Christianity is primarily about the business of standing around, radiating a general disapproval of sex, pleasure, or money.  But, in fact, Christianity has a cheery and even hearty appreciation for all these things.  Indeed, Christianity never denies the goodness of these things, nor of any other created thing.  On the contrary, it says, “These things are so good, so wonderful, so filled with goodness that they can blind us to the fact that there is something even better: God Himself, the author of goodness.”  Christianity never counsels us against loving creatures as good.  Indeed, it dogmatically insists that all creatures (even Satan himself) are rooted in the goodness of God since (at the very least) they participate in the good of existence, however perverted that good has become.  But the faith also reminds us that we pervert that goodness precisely by loving creatures more than Creator.  It was to save us from that destructive choice that Jesus came.  Today, love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Then love your neighbor as yourself and say a hearty “thank you” to God for His beautiful and good creation.  Do it in that order and you will obey God every time.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • lkeebler

    Evil is the absence of God. I suppose there are all sorts of theological discussion about this with twists and turns but it is still the same Truth. That is why God tells us in Romans 8: 7 For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law – indeed it cannot, 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

    I don’t know, it seems simple to me, maybe I am too simple minded.

  • lkeebler

    Can I add further this which further clarifies:

    Romans 8: 10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you. 12 So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh – 13 for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

    (because of Christ in us, evil has been cast out because Christ has come in, even to our mortal bodies… what can I say, it is explained here in God’s Word.)