We all want to believe we are good people. When we see or hear of others doing horrendous things, we always want to think that we are above such actions. We say to ourselves, “That person must be crazy. No sane person would ever do that.”
Well, it turns out that many of us must be “crazy.” In fact, 70% of us would willingly torture another person if we were instructed to do so. You don’t believe me? Read the following article, which discusses an experiment that shows this to be true.
I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, “I am not in the group of 70%. I would never do such a thing.” Are you sure? Or, are you just hoping that is true?
If we understand human nature correctly, we have to admit that we are all capable of doing the horrendous. In fact, the Bible describes human nature this way:
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. Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; and in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10-18, ESV)
According to this passage, we are all, by nature, incapable of doing good, liars, venomous in our speech, full of cursing and bitterness, murderous, destructive, and those who do not know peace. Why is this the case? Because we do not fear God. We take away the final Authority and replace Him with ourselves. When we only answer to ourselves, what is there to fear?
What is the solution? We must realize that we are in rebellion against God and turn to Him as our authority. In return, God promises to create a new nature in us that is able to love Him and others. This new nature makes us capable of doing and being “good.”