~ People Are Basically Good ~
Introduction ~ This is the basis of a great divide in underlying philosophies. Many people believe that mankind is basically good and when experience violates that belief the answers are always the same two. More money and more education will solve the individual and societal problems.
On the other-hand there are those who believe that our Creator created all things good but gave man – the creative ability of thinking situations through and making decisions. This necessarily required the ability to make great or faulty decisions. But our first ancestors misused this free will they had been given. The Bible tells us the first man and woman failed and made bad choices and that the consequences have been with all of mankind ever since. All of mankind since Adam and Eve has inherited this sinful nature.
Scripture ~ “For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:22b-23).
Side Note ~ There is a common answer to many routine questions today which is, “I’m good.” For example, at the dinner table if one is asked if they’d like more potatoes the answer might be, “I’m good!” The fact of the matter is no one is good – but they can be seen as sinless and perfect in God’s eyes if they have taken on the righteousness of Jesus Christ through His plan of salvation laid out in the Bible.
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW blog.
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