Good as an adjective means: “To be desired or approved of.”, “Possessing or displaying moral virtue.”. Good as a noun means: “That which is morally right; righteousness.” (lexico dot com powered by Oxford).
If we would put God at the center of every definition we can find for the word ‘good’, we would be looking at the real meaning for this word as they all depict attributes of a living God, not a spook. And if we identify ‘good’ in the behavior, deeds, and words of another fellow human being, you would acknowledge the presence of God in them.
“And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God.” (KJV Mark 10:18). I’d like to state right here that our objective, if not the goal, of our post fundamentally is to dispel the very notion of God as a mystery, spook or something inconsistent with the physical material universe of His Creation. The enemy of our righteous nature is not in a geographic location on our planet or elsewhere but instead, it is ignorance to the knowledge of ALLAH (God) and our true selves. NOTE: I do not wish to offend the various concepts of God’s identity held by some who have yet to come into the knowledge that ALLAH (God) is one. As my father, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, makes clear in Message to the Blackman that the belief of God as Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and the making of these 3 equal part entities one God, is inconsistent with the law of mathematics. We just can’t put 3 into 1; this is a mathematical impossibility!
The Holy Qur’an that we, the Muslims, read and use for guidance says in the 112 Surah (or Chapter):
“In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.”
1: “Say: He, Allah is One.”
2: “Allah is He on Whom all depend.”
3: “He begets not, nor is He begotten;”
4: “And none is like Him.”
The very first thing that a student of the reality of God must consider is that God is unique. This we see in that He neither begets, nor is He begotten, and there is none like Him. So, everything and all that we can behold in the Universal Creation of God is an expression in the physical and material cosmic matter and is a representation of God. Whether you agree with me or not, try with me to envision, primarily human beings, all respecting the presence of God in every life form; from the smallest organism to the largest of living creatures acknowledging the presence of the Divinity of God in all things! Disbelief in God is at the root of disrespect to all or any part of what was created by God. Belief in God does not start with a church, mosque or temple. Instead, Belief in God is a mental decision that is made in our brains at the precise moment of consciousness of existence!
In the Holy Qur’an, ALLAH (God) says only ‘BE’, and it is! Since we, human beings, are made in the image and likeness of God with the faculties of our brain, should not we be able to do the same? There is no wonder why the Bible says “Ye are all gods, children of the Most High God”. When the behavior of human beings is contrary to the Will and Way of God (the Creator) it is then that we see manifested disbelief in that we have made an immoral choice or decision in the mind and its nature. For us as human beings, we need only to decide right to begin reflecting good, which is a synonym word for God that is always reflective and representative in what men say and do.
Regardless of our name brand religion, social status, or cultural nationalities, let us start giving everything in God’s Creation the benefit of your perceived doubt and you’ll notice the beginning process of God’s Identity manifesting itself in and through any and all parts of His Creation. I’d like to conclude this post, for now, leaving us the following words to reflect on again from the 112 Surah (or Chapter) of the Holy Qur’an entitled “The Unity”: 1 - “Say: He, Allah is One.” Let us review this and apply it to every circumstance, everyone, and everything we encounter after reading these words. 😇