> ...humans aren't good... > > Those three words sum up why I can't go along with religion. The rest just summed up > how humans are seen as beasts to be corralled. And I've stated numerous times that > most people are good. > > I'll admit that I have my own moments. It's usually from realizations such as this. > It's when I look and see right there, "Hey! Aren't you aware you're calling humans a > bunch of no good beasts?" It's as if they miss the point that I've already made. > > Humans, even myself, may be flawed. But it's totally hateful to just flat out state > they're not good. And there are billions of humans on this mudball called "Oith"! Do > you really want to call your neighbors "not good"? Or your parents "not good"? Or > your sisters and brothers in your own family "not good"? Your husband, wife or > lifelong soulmate is "not good"? By default? And would you tell that to their faces > that they're "not good"? Much less complete strangers? > > Do you see how offensive that is? > > Granted, my neighbors across the street are noisy with their firecrackers and quad > cycles. They're "not good" only within the context of noise pollution. Most of my > other neighbors are nice people who I chat with from time to time. Sometimes we even > go out for dinners or shows. > > No matter what happens I'll certainly not state that "humans aren't good". I can't do > it. It's not even an option for myself! To state that would not just be misanthropic > in the extreme but also reveal the self-hating guilt within. > > After all you're human too. > > --Bekki
It all depends on whose standard you are comparing people too. Yes, by the standard that maybe we don't break the law, at least very often, not like that guy over there who shot someone or that one who ran over someone with his car, by that standard we may be good. When greybeard says humans aren't good he is going by God's standard. What is God's standard? Look at the ten commandments- broken any of them lately? How many times in the last year? month? week? And remember, Jesus Himself said hating your brother is the same (in your heart) as murdering him. Same with looking lustfully at someone for adultery. Now how do you compare to God's standard?