Are men good? Are they evil?

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Are men inherently good?

 

Or are they inherently evil?

 

If they are good, why do they do such evil things?  If they are evil, how do we know them to be so? Evil according to who? According to what standard?
 
Ask a man, any man, about almost anything and he will quickly make an appeal to morality. “That’s wrong.” “That’s messed up.” “They shouldn’t do that…”

 

But why?

 

Paraphrasing CS Lewis, it is because there is a way we know we OUGHT to behave… and yet… we do not.
 
And all of us admit it freely of our own volition.
 
Why is that?
 
The Bible says it’s because all men instinctively know the truth.
 
But they suppress it.
 
Why does a man suppress in his mind what his soul knows well to be true?
 
It is because he is in bondage to his own sin and the root of his sin is unbelief.
 
Unbelief in what?
 
That there is a God?  No. He knows this already. Remember, this is the truth he is already at work suppressing.
What he refuses to believe is what God has said about himself, about his own character; and therefore, what God’s own character means for man and his own fallen condition.
 
And what has God said about himself?
 
What must a man believe about God’s character in order to be saved from this bondage to sin?
 
In short, a man must believe that God is good.
 
He must trust in his steadfast love.
 
Man already knows that God is all powerful. He knows that God is all knowing. Remember, this is the truth that man already knows and yet he suppresses.
 
What he refuses to believe is that God IS love.
 
How can a man KNOW that God is love? That he is altogether good?
 
Because of this. That while man was yet dead in his sin, a rebel towards his maker and hostile to him in everyway God showed his benevolence to this rebel, this creature from the dirt, in this; that Christ Jesus, the Son of the living God, died for our sins.
 
All the evil that we all know exists and we’re all ultimately accountable for was put on Christ the Lord.
 
Your sin. My sin. All sin.
 
All the death, the destruction, the evil of every thought and intention of the heart was laid upon his shoulders. He was brutalized by men, because of men… FOR men.
 
Moreover because the Lord Jesus knew no sin himself, he conquered man’s greatest enemies, sin and even death by his resurrection from the dead.
 
Having paid in full the debt of sin for the evil we all know exists, he now offers you to freely share in his great reward. Eternal life in Him.
 
So why do you tarry?
 
Why do you persist in unbelief?
 
Why do you question the goodness of God in the face of Jesus Christ? If the Spirit of God is prompting you now…. believe.
 
Believe the good news!
 
Repent of your unbelief and so be saved from your sin.
 
If you are still reading this now, know that I am praying for you personally. I don’t know who you are but the Lord does. And I pray that he will soften your heart, that in hearing the good news of Jesus you will persist no longer in your unbelief.
 
If you read this and you want to talk about it please send me a PM.
 
Let’s just talk.
 
I pray peace to you in Jesus’ name.

About R Kyle McDaniel

Hey there! My name is Kyle McDaniel, I’m 39 years old and I live in Fort Worth, TX with my wife Kitty and our two kids, Henry 3 and Catherine 1. Both Kitty and I are “from” North Texas but have moved around here and there throughout our lives but this area has always felt like it was home for us. 1/7/2021: I figured it was time for an update. The four of us became the five of us this year as we welcomed our third child to our family, our precious baby girl Vivienne Coers McDaniel. Vivivenne means “alive” and Coers was my wife Kitty’s maiden name and it’s French meaning “heart/s” and it’s our faith the Lord will one day give her a new and living heart to fulfill the meaning of her name. Kitty and I met in December of 2010 and were married on July 28th, 2012. We had both come to know the Lord and be born again before meeting each other and have seen our relationship with Him grow and mature through the years of our marriage as we’ve learned to love each other as He has loved us. We are just a regular family I guess, just people who really need Jesus and love him very much. If you feel lead to reach out, please do so, we’d love to hear from you or anything you think the Holy Spirit would have you share with us. God Bless, Kyle
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