October 28th, 2009

True or False: People are Basically Good?

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Written by: Battleground Iowa

By Emily Geiger

One of my pet peeves is when I hear people say that “people are basically good.”

People are not basically good. We are all basically bad, and we have to work really hard to be good.

Ask anyone in law enforcement. Ask any judge. Ask any child abuse investigator. There is a lot of evil in this world.

Need an example of this? There are examples all over the place, but there was an astounding example of it in the news in the last few days.

Vicious Homecoming Dance Gang Rape May Have Been Videotaped, Watched by Dozens

As many as a dozen people may have witnessed the brutal gang rape and beating of a 15-year-old girl after her homecoming dance — and the attack may have been caught on cell phone video, police said.

Two suspects were in custody late Monday, but police said as many as five other men attacked the girl over a two-hour period Friday night outside Richmond High School, in Richmond, Calif.

“She was raped, beaten, robbed and dehumanized by several suspects who were obviously OK enough with it to behave that way in each other’s presence,” Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan said. “What makes it even more disturbing is the presence of others. People came by, saw what was happening and failed to report it.”

This shocks the conscious… if you have one.

Yes, people are NOT basically good. That’s why the nightly news is 95% bad news and only about 5% good news.

riverThe good news of extraordinary people helping others makes the news because it is so rare. Remember that construction worker pulling that woman from the river in Des Moines? Of course you remember, because it was so shocking that someone (other than a first responder) would go to such extraordinary measures to facilitate such a dangerous and daring rescue.

So why do so many people buy into the lie that “people are basically good?”

Simple, because we are being inundated with this atheistic, humanistic concept that the world revolves around people, to the exclusion of God and anything else.

Think about it. If you really believe that people are basically good, then why would you have any need for a Savior?

Next time someone tries to feed you the lie that people are basically good, ask yourself if you really believe that to be true. Ask yourself if the evidence you see every day really supports that.

Do you do good because that’s always the first thing that comes to your mind, or do you struggle with selfishness and temptation?

And more importantly, ask yourself what the implications of the belief really are. If people basically good, why is there evil in the world?

Are we just fine on our own, or could we use a Savior?

About the Author

Battleground Iowa

Emily Geiger writes from a conservative perspective on everything from politics to religion to pop culture. Like the original Emily of Revolutionary War era, this Emily is delivering important messages crucial to winning the raging war of the time, but today, this is a culture war rather than a traditional one. And, like the original Emily, sometimes it takes a woman to do (or say) that which lesser men lack the courage and tenacity to do.

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