Good, Evil, or Both?
Is it possible for mankind to be neither good nor evil?
Is man inherently good or evil?
Once again, this morning, I was walking around and asking aloud, “What is man, that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You visit him?”
After a solid ten minute walk, I have concluded that God alone is good; we, people, whether this is logical or not, are simultaneously both good and evil, not one or the other, but both at the same time.
We cannot say any of us is truly good, for even in our best and happiest of days we can still remain critical of one another. I myself, after sending texts of gratitude to the people in my innermost circles and appreciating their friendships, having my heart filled to overflowing with love, managed to be critical of my best friend’s most recently desired purchase.
Mankind does not deserve God’s love; every robot-based movie can easily run to the conclusion that mankind is its own worst enemy (not to mention the environment’s, too); man wages war against its own species, brother against brother, father against son, neighbor against neighbor. Realize this, too, that the people who steal from you and key your cars and wreak havoc in your life aren’t international spies sent from foreign governments thousands of miles away; they are your neighbors, the people who live close enough to you to have an effect on you.
And yet, we also can’t say that we are all bad; even in wartime, men have been known to show kindness to their direct enemies, and even the toughest of personalities can often melt like wax at the sight of a young pup or a newborn babe.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that mankind is capable of both tremendous good and frightening evil; the same species who built all the world’s cities are also the same that have burned so many down through all of history.
Nevertheless, I believe in a God who is not ignorant of mankind’s actions, but, knowing full well both our beauty and our horror, chooses to be to us only good, revealing to us His infinite generosity through all of creation. The fact that our species still exists, despite our severe self-destructive behavior, is a miracle in and of itself.
TL;DR: humankind is neither good nor evil, somehow it’s both, but God still loves us fully.
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