Human Nature

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???    

4 Responses to “Human Nature”

  1. Suzanne Says:

    Do you have a biblical base for that theology? If so, what is it?

  2. cgirod Says:

    Premise #1 All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

    Premise #2 Humans can be divided into the saved and the unsaved. (Mathew 25:31-46)

    Premise #3 God knows in advance who will be saved. (Romans 8:28-30)

    Premise #4 God desires all men to be saved. (I Timothy 2:3)

    Premise #5 Some will reject the grace of God, because they love the darkness, or the evil. (John 3:19-20)

    Premise #6 Some will receive the grace of God, being drawn to the light, or the good. (John 3:21)

    Conclusion: Instead of saying that human nature is either good or evil that we could say that people can be divided into those who are drawn to the light, or the good, and those who love darkness, or evil.

    I hope that this helps. These verses are only representative: I do not wish to gather additional supportive material due to time contraints.

  3. Suzanne Says:

    Thanks. I appreciate your time in this. As I read your blog I kept thinking of Matt 19:16-17. “There is only one who is good.” Phil 2:13 “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
    I’m not sure we can somehow tell by someone’s life prior to the regeneration of their heart though Jesus Christ whether someone will be saved. (which may not be what you meant but is what I got out of what you wrote above)
    1 Corinthians 2 entire chapter. especially vs.14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

    I am enjoying the thought your blog is generating. 🙂

  4. cgirod Says:

    Provoking thought and encouraging dialogue are two primary reasons for this blog to exist.

    I did not mean that we would be able to discern a persons eternal destiny by what we observe. Actually, I do not believe that we can ever say what a persons end will be, because only God is the judge. He sees all. We see so very little.

    What I had meant to portray was that instead of categorizing basic human nature as either evil or good, that it would be better to say that humans can be divided into saved and unsaved. All humans will eventually fit one of those categories, and there is a distinction that can be made between them even if we are unable with our human eyes to discern those traits at a particular moment, for particular individuals.

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