Tuesday, December 27, 2-22
I wanted to touch on this subject because many people, especially in the western world pretty much believe this. Should they believe this? No!!! Oh, we have been told this in our life especially if we live in the west, but that does not mean it is a true statement.
First, if you truly believe that people are really born good, then when they do bad…a lot of people will attribute that evil to everything and everyone but the person who did the evil. Their parents caused it, they hung out with the wrong crowd, and they were not given the opportunity to do…or be good. But most people in the west just don’t tell the truth on this…you had a choice to do right and wrong and those that did the wrong didn’t have to do it.
For example, the world’s culture so often attributes evil to poverty. Millions of westerners believe that where you are born, the poverty you come from, whom you are born to, where you live, the color of your skin, the religion you choose or don’t choose to follow, what you do for a living, etc., are the main reasons people do bad. No, and just because someone is born where there are terrorists doesn’t make them a terrorist unless they choose to do evil themselves. When someone chooses to do evil, let’s say by being a form of terrorist, and they strap bombs to their bodies, plant bombs to blow up places, fly airplanes into buildings, do you really in all honesty believe it is because they come from poverty…or do you realize that they just plain hate people who are not like them, and they want to hurt and kill as many people as they can. Muslims, by their religion, tell them that they are to kill the infidels, yet we are told that is exaggerated, and that it doesn’t mean they want to harm people, especially us. It is a lie. They believe what they are told, and man can sugar-coat it all they want, but if they believe their so-called leader…they hate us and want to take us over and to destroy us. No amount of money given to them stops their hatred. (That is my opinion)
We live in a fallen world. The devil is out there to destroy everyone he can and he will do, say, and cause havoc at every turn. He wants to destroy us. He doesn’t just go after poor people. He wants to take as many people to hell with him as he can.
People tend to be and do evil things if given the chance to. It began in the garden and it sure has not stopped since then.
The devil uses people to accomplish his work and, in my opinion, he definitely uses liberals to accomplish his hate and evil. Liberals pretty much believe the lies of Satan and do his bidding for him and are manipulated and deceived on a daily basis. I sure wish my opinion of Liberals was higher but I see the havoc, the evil they are doing in my country, and the lies, deceptions, and manipulation they cause at every turn. How they manipulate the media, the movies, the music, and especially our schools to turn our children wrong. There is nothing safe around Liberals and they are so bold now they don’t care if you know they are destroying your country, your home, your kids, your marriage, your job, your health, your finances, and the list goes on and on. I’ve lived a long time and it is getting so bad out there that no one is safe from these Liberals. You would want to believe that they would want America to be better for their own loved ones, but no…. they are out to destroy America in every way possible. I won’t mention names because you all, who have a brain, know who they are.
Another thing when raising your children…what do you want for them? A good job, money in the bank, a home, fame, or put yours here___________________. But what I and many other people see is the fact that our children are being destroyed and we are allowing it. The left fights hard to take away our freedoms and make us believe they know what is best for our children, and that we have no rights with them any longer.
They, and the parents, are believing the lies, the deceptions that we have to let them be called whatever the heck they want to be called, live like they want to, and choose if they are male, female, or donkey crap. They make our precious children watch sex shows, tell them about condoms in like kindergarten, anal sex, being gay, transgender, have an abortion because they say it is good. However, they are training them to love God, their country, and mankind, do good, work hard, have morals. Nope, they don’t want those things for our kids. They want them to hate, call white kids privilege, and every other word out of their mouth for anyone who doesn’t believe like them…they are racist and they want to destroy them, their way of life and make them miserable. They teach them to hate people for freedom of speech, and that whatever they want to do is okay and you don’t have to listen to truth, be kind, have morals. The bullies are insane now, the crime rate is all over the place, rape, murder, abuse, beating, and yet no one is paying the price for their crimes…they might arrest them, but by the end of the day they are back out of jail and go and do it again. They are told to hate police and these politicians who are left…don’t care who gets shot or murdered in their cities…they blame everything on the right, the conservatives, and what day has gone by that they don’t blame Trump or republicans for their own choice of allowing evil…that is until it happens to them personally…yet even then they blame everyone but themselves. Yeah….that sure doesn’t seem like people are basically good to me…but we will delve more.
People who believe they are born good do not stress morals and develop character in their kids. I see so many people whose kids are so out of control that the parents fear their own children. How sad. We are the parent, and they are the child. It is our responsibility to teach right and wrong, good and evil to them.
We are allowing schools to teach gay rights, trans rights, change your sex if you want to, be called whatever you feel like being called so if you identify as a sausage…we are supposed to go along with your insane crap. Not me. You are male or female by DNA. I won’t play the left’s game. I don’t wish anyone bad but just because they make up more and more crap and tell us we have to go along with it….NO, I do not have to. I do, however, make the choice to follow what God, the creator says. They hate God even when they stand up and say, “God bless you, and God bless America”. What they really are saying is screw you and screw America. It is all about them having power to control you. No matter the cost to do so. Instead of taking care of our own people…they are allowing millions to come over the border illegally. They are allowing drugs that can kill every person in America. They claim their vaccines are good for you, but I know people close to me who had them all…and are physically suffering all the time because of it.
Are you, or were you taught growing up in school that God is important, morals are what we need, love for sure, do good, learn, grow up and do your best, get a job and care for your family and so on? But what I see now days in secular schools, but some religious schools as well is be lazy, taking advantage of others, getting all the freebies you can, hang out with garbage, be self-centered, don’t give to society but take from it. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like people are good to me. They are fed crap that says going to church is bad and those are bad people there. I really can’t even imagine what will happen to these people on judgment day. They don’t want you to love God because they themselves have been so deceived by the devil they don’t get it. There really is no moral compass, or conscience going on in them. Even those graduating from college and calling themselves a counselor, are not for God, for the country, for right and wrong. They just aren’t. (my opinion)
If you believe people are basically good then do you believe that you are good? If you do, then when people have their own opinion and don’t believe as you do…does that make them the bad person? In your mind it does. Because you believe you are right then no one is entitled to their own opinion for which you classify them as bad and evil.
Do you think you should have power over people who don’t agree with you? The left sure does. Politicians want power over everyone so they can control everyone. They think they are this powerful government and what they say goes. Hey, don’t they work for us? Even our elections are a joke. There should be no money given to either side. Every candidate should all be in little soundproof cages and all given the same questions. No one getting the questions ahead of time. Also, if it were left up to me…I’d give them all truth serum every time before they opened their mouth. We deserve the truth.
Why are we giving the politicians power to control what we do, what we say, what we think, and all the rest? Why? This is our country and all those wackos in the office work for us. Do you believe that the more power that you and those you agree with have, the better the society will be? Is that why such people are so committed to powerful government controlling the judges to see everything their way? How many of the judges out there are owned by the left? How many kickbacks go their way to do what the left says? (my opinion)
On the other hand, those of us who believe that people are not basically good (and hopefully you will get it before this lesson is done) do not want power concentrated in any one group and are therefore overwhelmingly mistrustful of big government, big labor, big corporations, colleges, schools, and even big religious institutions.
As Lord Acton said long ago, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Lord Acton did not believe people are basically good. Who truly deep down in their soul believes that man is basically good? This foolish and alarming notion originated in modern secular Western thought. If the west does not, very soon, recognize evil and do something about it they will have destroyed the greatest country ever on this planet we call earth.
Just because we are told something over and over and over and over…never makes it true. What do we base the truth on? I base my truth from the word of God and I sure trust that a lot more than I trust our government aka society fraud. Stop believing the lies and research for yourself what is being told to you. Not on the fake news, the politicians, the schools, and even in some churches. You pick up the Bible and study it for yourself. God will give you the truth whereas people won’t.
A recent poll was given among professing evangelical Christians in America where over 60 percent of them affirmed the statement that human beings are basically good. Why? Is that really true? Where did they learn that? What was told to them that would say that? We want to believe people are good. We say, so and so, is a good person. But are they? By whose standard?
Whereas Paul in the New Testament tells us there is none righteous, no, not one (Rom. 3:10). There is none who does good, no, not one (Rom. 3:12). So we have a clash here between the assessment of human performance and virtue by our own philosophies, and by that view that is uttered by Christ and by the teaching of sacred Scripture. Yet, here, we have the word of God saying none does good. None…means none doesn’t it? However, do we really want to go around and call everyone a bad person?
Well, you aren’t any good. None of us is 100% good. There is a story in the bible about the rich man who came to Jesus. This man, he wants to know how to get to heaven. What do I have to do? Good Teacher, tell me, please. And the good teacher said, “Why do you call me good? Don’t you know that only God is good?” (Matt. 19:16–17). Something can only be considered to be good or bad against some standard, some norm. What is the yardstick that God goes by? What is the yardstick that you and I go by. Are we always, right? Of course not!
How are you judging yourself if you ask yourself the question am I good? Whose opinion will you use to claim if you are good or bad? What is the standard of by which you make that decision? The only opinion that ever should matter to us (but few use) is what God thinks. Do you possibly say that you are not as bad as so and so is? You make that statement by whose viewpoint? Do you think your sins are less than another’s sins are? How do you make that statement? Is it by what you believe about the sin they did and it seems really bad to you? Why is that sin any more than your sins? Don’t we want to grade on some type of curve so we don’t look so bad? Why do we try to compare sin to sin when each and every sin we do is bad in the sight of God? Each of them needs to be dealt with so we can be right with God. Do we think more highly of ourself than we should? You bet you do.
There comes a time (it should be daily we search ourselves and ask God if we have someone sinned, and we need to deal with that right then and there) and we realize that if we examine ourselves in light of the character of God, that we must confess our sin/s, repent/repent while we still can. For one second after death is one second too late to confess and repent. Now is the time while you have some air in your lungs.
A majority of men and women believe that people are basically good. In fact, the Bible reveals that mankind was indeed created good. And yet, we all know people who have hurt us or others. And we have likewise done what is wrong. So what changed? Why do people lie, cheat, murder, rape, vandalize, commit fraud, steal, incest, violence, and steal among the 600 plus sins listed in the Bible? Why? Why do these things?
There are a mighty lot of people in the Western world, especially claiming people are basically good. Where did they get that idea? Is it true? Don’t you want to know since it is your soul you are trying to get into heaven one day.
Okay, this next part I found and want to share it with you. Then after you read this think about if people are really basically good.
Dr. Clay Jones, in We Don’t Take Human Evil Seriously so We Don’t Understand Why We Suffer surveys only some of the most horrendous atrocities perpetuated by human beings, and these only within the last 100 years. This survey is provided by Aaron Brake. If you want the sickening details you should read Jones’ article.
- Soviet Union: From 1917-89, 20 to 26 million people were murdered for political reasons, including 6 million Ukrainians who were starved to death.
- China: Under the Chinese communists, 26 to 30 million “counter-revolutionaries” were murdered or died in prison. Mao Tse Tung boasted of burying 46,000 scholars alive.
- Japan: In December, 1937, over 300,000 Chinese were raped, tortured, and murdered in the city of Nanking.
- Turkey: From 1915-23, 1.2 million Armenians were murdered, introducing the phrase “crimes against humanity.”
- Cambodia: From 1975-79, under Pol Pot 2 million Cambodians were murdered out of a population of 7 million to return to an agrarian culture.
- Rwanda: In 1994, out of a population of 8 million, 800,000 people were murdered in 100 days, mostly by machete.
- Germany: 13 million people murdered in the Holocaust, including approximately 6 million Jews. But perhaps most frightening is that the Germans knew that Hitler wanted to exterminate the Jews long before he came into power.
Consider that as early as August 13, 1920, almost two decades before the beginning of World War II and at the beginning of his political rise, Hitler gave a speech entitled, “Why Are We Anti-Semites?” He said Jews were “criminals” and “parasites” who should be punished with death. Hitler released the two-volume Mein Kampf (My Struggle) in 1925 and 1926. In it he reflected on the role of German Jews during World War I: “If at the beginning of the War and during the War twelve or fifteen thousand of these Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas,” then millions of “real Germans” would not have died.
Many average Germans, then, may not have pulled the trigger or dropped Zyklon-B into the gas chambers, but they knew Hitler wanted to kill the Jews long before he came into power. And it wasn’t a few Germans: 10,005 camps have been identified positively. The major camps had many satellite camps. For example, Dachau had 174 satellite camps and Auschwitz had 50 satellite camps and 7,000 guards. Mauthausen had 5,700 people staffing it and its satellite camps.
And what did these satellite camps do? They provided hundreds of thousands of slave laborers for corporations with names like Daimler-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Krupp, and I G. Farben, who produced the Zyklon-B used in the gas chambers. The Bayer Corporation was a subsidiary of I. G. Farben and sold Zyklon-B out of its sales office. Of course, countless administrators, typists, rail workers, policemen, truck drivers, and factory workers knew—and their families knew—what was going on.
- United States: Since 1973, 50 million unborn human beings have been murdered through abortion, largely though scalding alive with saline solution, dismemberment, or suctioning apart piece by piece. (Think on that…is that from people who think they are really good people and they have the right to murder innocent babies?)
Reflecting on the horrible things human beings can do to one another, we may be tempted to say, “That’s inhuman!” On the contrary, humans did this! This is the human condition. (Humans are not good, and if the situation is such…humans can do horrific things to one another.
We compare ourselves to these murderers and say, “I am basically good because I am not like that.” Jesus said we are comparing ourselves to the wrong person: “No one is good except God alone” (Luke 18:19). We are basically bad people because we are not as holy as God. God is the standard. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). ( I might believe that I am basically a good person…after all I try to be good, I try not to sin, I try to love others as Jesus said, I try to go out of my way to help someone, but I can tell you that I have sinned so many time in my life I am so ashamed of the things I have done. How I wish I could change things but I can’t. I sinned and I know you sinned because God says we all have sinned and fallen short. My sins might not seem as bad as what I would say yours are, but then I would be judging by my believes and not by what God says. I don’t want to do that anymore. We all sin. We all deserve His judgment, but He has given us a way to be forgiven and that is by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and trying each and every day to be what God wants us to be.
Someone else will defend their basic goodness by saying, “But I do nice things.” Again, here is Jesus on this excuse:
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full (Luke 6:32-34). You and I are basically bad people because we are sinners and sinners can do nice things. We are sinners by nature before we are sinners by actions. I have know many people in my lifetime and a few I think are great and loving people. They are nice, they do good things, and a couple of them were there for me when I needed it. So, to me, they are good people…but that is my opinion. I don’t know what God sees in them, what they have done or not done in life. I’ll leave this up to God who is working on all of us to get us to heaven. We are the ones who must learn of Him and what He wants and expects and to do it. I don’t want to sin anymore. I want my life to be right with God and each day I get up I want to know I am okay with God. If not, then I need to ask God what I did, confess it, and repent of it. That means to change direction.
Again, Jesus said in Luke 11:13, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children.” Jesus did not say good people give good gifts and do nice things, but rather evil people do nice things. Hitler did nice things. He smiled at the children and walked his dog. Was every day of Hitler’s life an evil day? Did he ever really do anything good? Did he always think he was right and the world was wrong?
The Word of God clearly teaches people are basically sinful because Adam’s sin was passed on to his descendants. We inherited father Adam’s sinfulness. David confessed, “In sin did my mother conceive me” in Psalm 51:5. Before salvation, Paul says we were “children of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2) and by nature children of wrath (Eph. 2:3). Our intellect is affected by sin (Eph. 4:18), our emotions (Rom. 1:21, 24, 26), our will (Rom. 6:20), and our bodies (Rom. 6:12; 7:18).
Because of our sinfulness, we cannot save ourselves. Paul clearly taught salvation by grace and not works in Titus 3:5: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit.” “No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him.” Jesus also predicted the ministry of the Holy Spirit who would “convict of sin, righteousness, and judgment: of sin, because they believe not” in John 16:8-9.
“Are people basically good?” I hope you can now answer; “No” people are basically sinful because of original sin. Sinners may not be as sinful as mass murderers but we are still sinful in comparison to God who is perfectly holy.
I want to also add this. One day if we make it into heaven and look around who will be there? Will people we thought would never make it…get into heaven? After all, didn’t they do______________. They don’t deserve to be in heaven, and what about the person/s who we think was good enough to be in heaven and doesn’t make it? Why? Will we be upset with God? No, after all, God knows our heart and He knows when we really are sorry for the sins we did, that we confessed them, dealt with them, and got right with Him. Would it surprise you one day if someone so awful in our own mind was there? We want to hate our enemies, but shouldn’t we pray that God draw them, save them, so they can have the same opportunities as we do?
In other words, if you hate, writes John, you are a murderer even if you don’t actually kill. This is true because those who hate but don’t physically kill refrain only for selfish reasons—certainly not because they care for the person they hate. And refraining for selfish reasons doesn’t make you good.
Jesus said that the one who lusts commits adultery in his or her heart (Matthew 5:28). Why? Because those who fantasize about sex with a neighbor, but don’t actually do it, refrain either from lack of opportunity or from fear of consequences and not because they honor God or have determined to only cherish their spouse. Taking these verses seriously, then, does anyone get through life without being an adulterous murderer? (We Don’t Take Human Evil Seriously so We Don’t Understand Why We Suffer, Clay Jones).
People are basically bad because of our attitudes not just our actions. Sinners do not love God with all their hearts. People are basically bad because they do not glorify God.
Romans 1:21-25 clarifies that the heart of sin is failing to glorify God as God. The heart of sin is a belittling of God and a scorning of his glory, which involves a failure to glorify and thank him (Rom. 1:21) …Sinners do not give God the supreme place in their lives…people “served created things rather than the Creator” (Rom. 1:25). Sin is not first and foremost the practice of evil deeds but an attitude that gives glory to something other than God. People may be loving to their children and kind to their neighbors and never give a thought to God. The essence of sin is self-worship rather than God-worship…Such a conception of sin helps us understand how people can perform actions that externally conform with righteousness yet remain slaves of sin.
If we want to be children of God and make it into heaven one day then we need to know the first thing is you must have Jesus as our Lord and Savior. No matter what anyone might tell you there is only one way to get into heaven and it is if Jesus is your Lord. Next, you must we willing and ready to do His will even when you don’t understand it fully. God knows what is right in every situation even when we can’t see it. We need to confess our sins and change direction from sinning. We need to always honor God even if we are the only person doing it. People who don’t love God will not, do not, honor Him nor bring Him praise and worship.
So, if you think you are a righteous person think again. You are a sinner. You live in a fallen world, and it is pretty darn evil and going to get worse.
Remember the haunting words of Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out demons? And in your name done many wonderful works?” What will Jesus say to these religious workers? “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:22-25).
Some people do a lot of good work that is a given. They go and do this and that to help people, but first, they need to be right with God or all that stuff they do…what good is it for getting to heaven? I could spend 24/7 in church and listen to all the sermons given, go out and do good…but what is my heart saying about Jesus? If what I did in good works doesn’t fully honor God by my motives for doing it…it might help others that is true, but it won’t help us get into heaven. Our motives, our morals, and our love for God is most important. Do whatever you do for the glory of God, and not to be seen by mankind. Doesn’t matter if even one person knows a good thing you ever do…what matters is that God does.
Paul wrote, “There is none that does good, no, not one.” If we trust Christ as Savior He will make not just make us good but as righteous as His Son in His sight.
There is so much more that can be said on this subject. I didn’t write all of this. A lot of it I had in my notes when I was studying this. I hope this makes you think You don’t have to agree with me on any of this. We all have our own opinions to things. It is just that I will go by what I find in the word of God.
So, now may the Lord bless you, keep you, draw you to Him, give you peace, and show you the truth on any subject you truly are interested in knowing.
God bless you.