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Last edited at 9:03PM on 3/14/2013
This question is politically incorrect, or don't you want to know about women? Perhaps you think women are all good. Or, better, all bad. Or perhaps, as with many Christian fundamentalists, not to be considered.
So let's rephrase it. Are people by nature good or evil?
We're all born with innocent minds which, as Torngren pointed out so aptly, are malleable. Whether any individual proves to be good or evil will depend on their upbringing and environment. Nurture rather than nature. It's my experience that most people are good. If we draw a l-o-o-ong line and write good at one end and evil at the other, virtually everybody will land somewhere in between, not at the extremities.
Man by nature...is an omnivorous mammal capable of complex thought processes and conveniently has opposable thumbs. But like you say, what he chooses to do with it...well now you're delving into the ever popular nature vs. nurture debate.
By nature we are selfish, and greedy this is why parents have to change that in us . You know share that with your sister. Preschoolers see something they want they say mine and have to be convinced to share it
mankind is born with an essentially good nature and can be forgiven needy self centedness of early childhood. adults however can be angels and devils in the same instant. most adults would fall generally on one side other of the center point of line that has all good or all evil on opposite ends.
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Last edited at 11:57PM on 3/14/2013
Man is inherently good. There is nothing purer than a newborn babe. Man need not be "born again" or be "baptized" to be good. Neither man needs to "sell his soul" to be evil as suggested by religion. Man becomes good or evil by consequence of the choices (not the religious "freewill") that he has made. Good and evil in man is not the gift or providence of some supernatural god or devil.
The infamous doctrine taught by a religion that every child is born into sin and is totally depraved is utter monstrosity.
Mankind as to his inherent nature is sinful. No one has to teach a child to be selfish or how to lie their naughty by nature. =============The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. (Psalms 58:3 KJV)================================Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalms 51:5 KJV)================================= I'm pretty sure that I will get called a bible thumper but after all this is the spiritual section of the Ask.com site and beside most of the people who know me know exactly were I stand, it's no secret.==================For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God?s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23 NLT)===============================As the Scriptures say, ?No one is righteous? not even one. (Romans 3:10 NLT)==============================?The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? (Jeremiah 17:9 NLT) The only cure for man's wicked nature is at the cross of the crucified and resurrected savior The Lord Jesus Christ=============Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:3, 5-7, 15, 16 KJV)
Man was born into sin therefore man was born evil. There is none righteous no not one for all have sinned and fall short of the Glory Of God. As long as we are in this fleshly body we can never be considered good accourding to God. It's only though the righteousness of Christ are we made good though Jesus and not of our selves.
"Ephesians. 2:3 "We started out bad,being born with evil."( Living Bible) From birth on, the inclination of our heart is toward badness. If we do not curb those wrong tendencies, we may in time become accustomed to such a way of life. It may even seem "normal" because others are doing similar things. But the Bible identifies what is right and what is wrong from God's viewpoint, in view of how he made man and his purpose for mankind. If we listen to our God and lovingly obey him, life will take on a richness of meaning that we never knew before, and we will have an eternal future. Warmly our Creator invites us to taste and see how good it is. "Oh, put God to the test and see how kind he is! See for yourself the way his mercies shower down on all who trust in him." Psalms 34:8 (Living Bible)
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Last edited at 9:55AM on 3/15/2013
Hi Godisone! God commands us not to lie, but when do little children start to lie? Almost as soon as they learn to talk! Their mothers and fathers did not teach them to lie, so how do they know how to lie? Because they are born with a sin nature. I always like your questions, bye!
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Last edited at 5:13AM on 3/16/2013
As imperfect humans we are more inclined to do the wrong thing. Even the a Apostle Paul said, "For the good that I wish I do not do,+ but the bad that I do not wish is what I practice." (Romans 7:19) however, as stated, we all must make our own decisions.
By nature, us humans act just like animals. This is because we ARE animals. BUT, by inhibiting our natural, animal drives, we become human. We become more civilized and we become what we know of as human. So yes, by nature we are all bad and selfish and you know bad things. We don't care about anyone else. You can see this in children; that's why they have to LEARN to share. We are indeed animals at birth, but we become animals as we grow up and inhibit our natural drives.
Genesis 8:21 - basically state that the "inclination of man is to do bad." So, we are born in sin and it takes determination and effort to live a life that reflects the qualities of our Loving Heavenly Father. (1 John 4:8) Also the fruitages of the spirit (Galatians 5:22,23) - states additional qualities we need to strive to pursue in our walk with God.
By man's standard, man is basically good. However, by God's perfect standard, we're wicked. Every person who's ever lived has lied, stolen, blasphemed God's name, and committed adultery in the heart. God sees us as a bunch of lying, thieving, blaspheming, adulterers at heart. He sees everything from our social life to our thought life - He even knows our deepest desires. In God's eyes, man, by nature, is wicked. But, because God loves us, He offers forgiveness through Jesus Christ to anyone who will come.