I believe that humanity doesn't have a specific nature we simply are who we are by the way we see things and by the way we react to certain situations.We can be good and we can be evil it's all up to us.
It is not about that at all. Many have missed the point of the basic purpose of life. You are a receptical, and your function primarily is to record information. All emotions as well as all experiences. Every ones job is ecensual. Just as all things on this place are ecensual.You are here to learn what you did not learn the last time you were here. The human race is becoming clearer and clearer, and getting more sure of it's self. For proof of this look to your past. How much you have evolved over your history. Do not dispar your doing fine.
I think it leans more to evil because of all the things we do. Kill animals because we see them as lower, Destroy land for our greed. And kill for idiotic reasons, one being money a piece of paper that we put value on. It's just ink on paper and we kill for that.
Only God can change a heart because our hearts are selfish when we are born. As we mature we choose good or evil in the little things we decide daily and this becomes the trend of our life. A life trending towards good will likely wind up in Paradise
I believe that when we are born we are a blank canvas and the environment that we live in sort of influences how we will act. If someone is born into and raised in an area with violence and bad examples Likelihood is that person will grow up to do the same thing. Now there are exceptions were people move away from the bad or good environment that are being raised in and do the opposite. So to answer your question no I don't believe humans are naturally good or evil it all depends in the type of environment one lives in or at least was raised in.
... Because the inclination of the heart of man is bad from his youth up.(Ge 8:21) People are not born bad, they learn to do bad. our inclination to sin or do bad comes from Adam and Eve's original sin against Jehovah. But he made a provision for forgiveness of our sins by means of the ransom sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 26: 28 "for this means my blood of the covenant which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins" ( www.jw.org)
I think it's worthy of a debate, can go either way, some do evil while others do good. Mainly also comes down to how you see good or bad, like imagine how cramped and isolated we would be if we never cut down forests and were all in North America. Now think about the territory that made some species close to extinction. Can go either way
Morality existed before religion and will exist long after religion. Morality, or doing that which is good for all is a survival trait that is passed in our DNA. There are those that do not seem to have such controls, and they are referred to as sociopaths. However, that is not the norm. People can be trained to be amoral, but that is not the norm.
Humanity is sinful by nature. That doesnt necessarily equate to evil. So i would say neither, or both. We are all born with a sin nature and the potential to go either way. Which way we go may depend on genetics or environment or life experiences.
Two points to make. First, a clue to the answer is if we look at the behavior of a toddler, and see already traits of selfishness, lying, and many other things try to train out of them over time. Where did they come from? Second, there needs to be a good definition of Good or Evil to get to the heart of this question. For example, do you call a person Good if their overall behavior weighs in favor of good things vs bad. Then again, what is the reference for what we are calling good and bad. Is it cultural? Is it morality by popular agreement? Does it change over time? The bottom line is that unless you understand that it is only from God that we get an understanding of good and evil, then you will get all sorts of answers du-jour as you can see in the responses, and you can pick the one you want to believe. But somehow deep inside you know that's not the real answer.
It is a complicated question. By nature we are selfish. that is how we survive infancy. But we are born with the ability to love and trust unconditionally, until that is ruined. we are created in the image of God, so we are good, but because we are born in the world we have a tinge of humanity.