Human nature is a question we’ve grappled with for centuries. If a child were raised alone, separate from society, media, social dynamics, would that child grow up kind and open hearted? Or would it be feral and bloodthirsty, looking out soley for it’s own survival?
We’ll never know. We are not raised by wolves. But clearly, we wrestle with conflicting urges. Christianity believes Satan tempts us with evil. Hindus see evil as a challenge to life’s balance. Judaism refers to a man’s righteous inclination versus his evil inclination as two warring spirits.
I once heard a Jewish sermon on how the same things in life can be good or evil, depending on what, with free will, we do with them. Speech can bless or curse. Money can save or destroy. Science can heal or kill. Even nature can work for you or against you – fire can warm or burn, water can sustain life or flood it away. But nowhere in the story of Creation do we read the word ‘bad’. God did not create bad things. God leaves it to us.
I believe there are times are times when God clenches his fist and says ‘oohh, don’t do it, you’re gunna get yourself into trouble!’ You might ask why doesn’t God just jump in? Why doesn’t he eliminate the nagative and accentuate the positive? From the beginning, God said ‘I’m going to put the world in our hands. If I run everything, then that’s not you.’ So we were created with a piece of divinity inside us, but every day, lovingly, praying we will make the right choices.