Why Do You Call Me Good?

Over the years, I’ve seen and heard plenty of people police the word awesome in a rather bizarre manner. Parents are particularly prone to fence their teenager’s use of the word. “That movie was awesome,” say teens, and pious parents say, “Only God is awesome.”

This is curious, though, given that Christ doesn’t police the word awesome, although He does police the word ‘good.’

“Why do you call Me ‘good’? None is good but God,” claims Christ to an interlocutor, without denying that He is God, but merely stating a fact.

“Okay, the movie wasn’t awesome. But it was pretty good,” responds a teen, and the parent says, “Okay. That’s better.”

We don’t understand the concept of meaning, let alone words as a concept.

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