Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness featuring Maryam

Season 1 Episode 27

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good indeed. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 CSB

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What does "goodness" mean? God said everything He created was good; the Messiah said only God is good. Maryam and I sat down to talk about how we've been defining good and how our respective religions and cultures have shaped that perception.

About Maryam

Maryam and I have known each other for about 4 years. We met in graduate school and ended up with the privilege of working together. Maryam is a devout Muslim and we often have conversations about religion and culture.


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Footnotes and References

  • In the beginning, when Maryam is telling us her definition of good, that jingling sound is Bubbles (my cat) in the background.
  • The Fruit of the Spirit are discussed in Galatians 5:22-23
  • In the discussion about works vs. faith, I'm referencing Sola Fide (by faith alone). A great summary of what I believe (plus Bible verses to support that argument can be found on
  • The Greek word for "goodness" is ἀγαθωσύνη.
  • "19. agathosune". Bible Hub; visited June 2019
  • The Hebrew word for "goodness" is טוּב.
  • "2898. tub". Bible Hub; visited June 2019
  • "goodness". Merriam Webster; visited June 2019
  • The quote in which Jesus/Yeshua asks why someone is calling Him good can be found in Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:18, and Luke 18:19.
  • The video I reference in which someone points out that good is always in reference to a standard is called "You Are Good" and it is by Jon Jorgenson.
  • The book I'm referencing is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I highly recommend! (It's also slated to come to theaters in 2020)
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