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Christians Believe People are Evil

One of the issues that I have always had with Christianity is that belief that human beings are inherently evil. This means that every time they speak to another human being, they think they are talking to an evil person.

Now, I know that some people will claim that not all Christians see other people in this light and that may or may not be the case, but the belief system does push that worldview. Christians in general do believe in a God and in Jesus and yes, in general they do believe that all people are evil.

This type of worldview is not healthy for humanity. When someone changes their mind on an issue or makes a mistake, believers in this worldview are quick to yell, “Liar” rather than to give someone the benefit of the doubt. It promotes paranoia and distrust. Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing harmful about a little healthy skepticism, but when you see everyone you meet as an evil sinner, that healthy skepticism quickly becomes unhealthy very quickly.

The Christian worldview is that God made humans good, but then Eve made Adam eat from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and people became evil sinners ever-after.

Personally, I think that people are neither good nor evil inherently. I think most people want to do the right thing and try hard to be moral people. Sometimes however, evil is all we know or we make poor choices in life and then get desperate to dig ourselves out of our situations. Most of the time, I think people try to be the hero in their own story and sometimes get sidetracked along the way.

I think this is a more accurate picture of the human condition and by far a healthier model for humanity. It leads atheists like me to give people the benefit of the doubt and to want to help other good people (who really wants to help out evil people, right?).

So Christians can keep their “evil sinner” bullshit, that’s not how I roll. I don’t even blame Christians for pushing this evil worldview. It really isn’t their fault. They were misled down this path. They are good people, they just don’t know it.

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  • Michelle

    Thanks Staks, very well-put.

  • 1225truth

    More objective scholarship seems to conclude that Christianity started on the premise (even in the Pauline Epistles) that it is not people who are evil, but the circumstances of their worldly environment are evil and troublesome as was echoed in some of the Socratic dialogues of Plato. That began to change with some of the catholicizing writing of church fathers in the late 2nd century. It was official doctrine in the writings of the “state” religion in the early 5th century of Augustine.

    If you can indoctrinate people into believing they are worthless losers from birth, so much the easier for ruling elites to regulate and control their conduct.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jasyn333 Jasyn

    Right on the money.

  • Alexandra

    My healthy dose of skepticism is that most people are selfish and will do for themselves before they’ll do for others. Not necessarily “evil”. You see it everyday, someone’s getting mugged down an alley, does anyone stop to help? No they just keep walking. It’s the very few people around these days that will risk their own life to help that person in need without even thinking. There’s not enough of those selfless, brave people in the world today. Too many of us are only out for ourselves and it’s got to change or this world isn’t even worth saving.

    • http://www.dangeroustalk.net Staks

      Why? Are they inherently selfish? Or were they at one point willing to help others but got burned and have since learned their lesson so to speak? I don’t think people are inherently evil sinners. I don’t think people are inherently selfish.

  • http://www.myspace.com/DD_NU4EVER Diana

    Most psychologist will agree that people usually do what they think is right, and those who intentionally do wrong usually have some kind of mental or behavioral issues.

    In any case, I think that it is essential to civil existence and the maintenance of a productive society that the people see themselves and others as good, honorable, sincere and caring. Innocent until proven guilty so to speak…

    America is mostly Christian. We have a very high crime rate. Christians are usually the culprits…it makes sense that a child might head down the wrong path if one of life’s first lessons is that they are innately evil…thanks Sunday school…

  • MJ

    Jesus loves you!