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Human Nature

June 18, 2008

I have recently been reading a book on human nature.  The last chapter that I read was dealing with the question of whether humans were basically good or basically evil.  I would like to suggest that it is not necessary to say that all humans fit the same category. 

I need to explain what I mean by that comment.  Of course, I accept the scripture that tells us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.  (Romans 3:23) It is quite certain that no one is perfect.  I believe that humans can more appropriately be divided into the saved and the unsaved.  Furthermore, since God knows who will respond to the gospel, even before they do respond to the gospel, that this division of saved and unsaved exists all along.  Perhaps it would be better phrased, “those who will be drawn to God” and “those who will reject God”.  Those who are drawn to God are drawn to the good.  Those who reject God, reject the good.  These attitudes are then reflected in their lives as an inclination toward good or an inclination towards evil.  This inclination is not one hundred percent, there are moments of good and evil in everyone, but our basic direction is either towards God and good, or away from God and towards evil.  Thus our perspective will be influenced as to whether we see the world and the people around us as basically good or evil.  What is our focus?  What is our goal?   Basically good? or evil???