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October 11, 2013

TISCIONE: Are men basically good?

By LOU TISCIONE

As you look around at our world, do you find yourself asking, “Where are the good ones?”

If there was just one good man or woman who would act upon his or her goodness our world would surely look different.

The question of man’s goodness is fundamental. It is the foundation of knowledge concerning the nature of man. The answer to this question is one of the two main concerns of the Bible. The Bible is God’s revelation to man. It is concerned with the nature of man and God.

The basic question that all of us must at some point in our lives ask is, “Are men basically good?” Man’s desires are motivated by self-interest. From our politicians to leaders in business we are learning by experience what God revealed. We are seeing Genesis 6:5 and Jeremiah 17:9 reported on every day. The reality is that men are not basically good. 

“The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

As a believer I seek God’s revelation in His word concerning the nature of man. The Bible declares that God created man and woman. God declared on the sixth day of creation that everything He had made was very good. The statement “very good” means that everything God made was complete, perfect and there was harmony in all of creation.

The declaration of goodness included Adam and the first woman, later named Eve by the man. This was the condition of our first parents. The Bible teaches that this condition did not last. Genesis 2 ends with perfect goodness and Genesis 3 ends with Adam and Eve being banished from the Garden of Eden and being prevented from eating from the tree of life. The perfect goodness of Adam and Eve ended permanently.

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