QotW: Are Human Beings Basically Good?

I want to start a Question of the Week, with comments enabled, so that folks can share their thoughts, opinions, and beliefs on different topics. My goal is to have an exchange of ideas in an effort to expand our thinking and understanding. I will try to add some reference or context for the questions I ask. Feel free to engage, but please do so in a respectful manner. I look forward to reading what you all have to say!

QotW: Are human beings “basically good?” In other words, can a human being be more predisposed toward goodness than evil/sin?

Scripture that helped bring this question to mind:

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:12 “They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”

Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…”

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2 Responses to “QotW: Are Human Beings Basically Good?

  • I wouldn’t say that human beings as a collective are either “basically good” or “basically evil.” I do believe that everyone is born sinful, and any and all sin, great or small, warrants God’s penalty of hell. That being said, I do think people individually can lean toward one side or another. I think if you navigate down a path of embracing sin and living unrepentantly, it can certainly lead to becoming “basically evil” or being more predisposed to evil. On the opposite side, if someone is consistently in active communion with God through prayer and reading the Word, and is actively trying to live life in a God honoring way, that can result in a Godly, upright character that could be considered “basically good.” And living life with such habits, holding yourself accountable to scripture, and actively avoiding temptation can potentially lead to being predisposed to being good.

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    • Hello Lauren, thank you for the comment! I used to think that no human was basically good, but I have recently begun to second guess myself on that. I can certainly see how either embracing, or not embracing, God and His will can lead to a predisposition to be either good or bad. An area where I struggle is in whether or not we can naturally, meaning without God, be more predisposed to be more good than bad. This doesn’t just come down to actions or choices, but also the motivations for our actions and choices.

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