Would Paul of Tarsus be quiet and encourage people to believe that they are good? Here’s what he did in the Bible.
Paul wrote 1/3 of the New Testament — so what’d he talk about? Just the opposite of our 21st Century culture:
“As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, ‘That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.'” –Acts 24:25
–Righteousness = right living–doing right from your heart. (Not, ignoring the moral standards shared by cultures through out history and doing whatever you feel like.)
–Self-control = resisting and overcoming your cravings, compulsions, whims, and desires. (Not, giving in to them or allowing them to define who you are.)
–The judgement to come = we will all answer to the living God for our thoughts, words, and deeds. (Not, judging’s bad. Not, God won’t judge anybody. Not, you’re a good person.)
–So Felix (the guy Paul was talking to) adopted an attitude like the 21st Century and sent Paul away so he could do whatever he wanted without the nuisance of having his self-destructive beliefs and behaviors challenged.