I believed it for most of my life. It was taught to me in university. Anne Frank says it this way; In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart." But than I remember watching my very young child choose what was not good at heart even though she had no way of knowing. And, it was at that point that I began to question what I had been taught. But the fullness of this lie was revealed to me several years later by the grace of God when I read in scripture, The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was ONLY evil all of the time. The Lord was grieved...." Genesis 6:5,6. I now believe all people including myself are naturally completely wicked because we have inherited sin. Psalm 51:5 - Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me." And Romans 3:10 -There is none righteous, NO NOT one." And just to make it clear again this is repeated in the following verse," there is NONE who does good, NO, NOT ONE." Our idea's of good is not God's. Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I have watched much evil in the hearts of those closest to me. How can such cruelty spring forth from the heart if people are basically good? I understand now the wickedness in my own heart. I drew this last gladiola from the garden and than multiplied it. It uplifted me the way flower's always do. It tells me of God's love for us all. It's beauty gives me hope in His perfection and grace -in a very ugly world.
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