“Is man basically good?” Dr. D. James Kennedy addresses the fallacy of this idea in this full-length sermon. He directs us to passages in Scripture as evidence of the sinful nature of man. Through the Word of God, we not only learn that all men lack an innate good, but also that even the greatest of saints acknowledged themselves to be the greatest of sinners. Further evidence of evil in mankind can be seen in anywhere from the news, where stories about tragedies and atrocities committed by people fill headlines, to the Constitution itself which acknowledged and prepared for the corruption of man through the limiting of power.
Yehiel Dinur, a Jewish man and survivor of the Holocaust, said after he was forced to face one of the chief Nazi officers in court: “I was afraid about myself. I saw that I am capable to do this. I am…exactly like him.” What Dinur realized at that moment was that evil exists in every human being and makes mankind capable of the most unimaginable things. This reinforces the Biblical truth that we all are guilty of sin and fall short of the glory of God.
If you look at society today, you will notice that the word “sin” has become a cultural taboo. It seems that the mention of it has become not only unpopular, but discouraged. People’s actions, thoughts, and motives are no longer considered sinful or even wrong, but “unwise” and “unsafe.” The world’s attempt to bar morality from society has dangerously degenerated into a refusal to label anything as sinful under the belief that mankind is generally good.
The unpopular reality is that sin is unavoidable in man; however, the encouraging truth is that there is a remedy: Jesus Christ saved the world from the evil that is in the heart of every one of us, and we can find complete salvation solely through Him.