Are we born good or bad?


Is man born good, bad, pure at heart, with a dark side, or inherently neurotic?

Well, let’s cut to the chase. Man is born bad. In fact, the Bible says we are depraved. It’s only by God’s grace that we are able to refrain from completely giving in to our sinful nature.

Romans 3:10-12
None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

Why can’t I stop sinning?

What science says

In science, people with bad behavior may be labeled neurotic. On the other hand, neuroticism is about having bad moods, envy, anger, and anxiety. The point is, science confirms we have a “dark side.”

Freud’s theory

Atheist Sigmund Freud defines neurosis as a coping strategy caused by unsuccessfully repressed emotions from past experiences. In short, everyone is within the spectrum of neurosis, but most of us can sweep it under the rug—or can we?

Jung’s pairs of opposing forces

For Carl Jung, the mind has pairs of opposing forces. For example, each person has a persona, a kind of mask we use with other people, and a shadow or our inner “dark side.”

Science Confirms we have a “dark side.”

How sin destroys us.

What the Bible says

The Bible demonstrates evil exists in man’s nature. The reason there is hell. Man has inherent selfish needs, regardless of upbringing or environment. That’s clear the moment an infant cries.

Every person born into the world is enslaved to sin as a consequence of man’s fall

Perhaps the greatest apostle, Paul said “I know that nothing good dwells in me” (Romans 7:18). Our mind, governed by flesh, is hostile to God and cannot submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. (Romans 8:7)

Salvation for the sinful man

However, those who surrender to God through daily repentance and point their mind to Christ are regenerated to do God’s will. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Apologist R.C. Sproul reiterates our total depravity—we are born sinful. However, a Believer who repents is a new creation. The sinful man dies in Christ and becomes born again.

The sinful man dies in Christ and becomes born again.

Ephesians 2:1-7
We are dead in trespasses and sins, sons of disobedience, and by nature children of wrath.

But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.

And God raised us with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus so that in the coming ages, He might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

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