Here are some GOOD things that all men seem to have in common:
They are rooted in this:
The command thus given to love God with all the heart, and soul, and mind, and strength, is in harmony with our whole nature. We are made for God; all our affections, sensibilities, faculties, and energies are designed to be directed towards God; the end of our existence is fellowship with God. He could not require us to devote our entire being to Himself if He had not endowed it with powers which fit us for such devotion. Religion then has its germs in our Nature, and its development is entrusted to our own care. Such is the truth that I would now illustrate
-Look next at the Conscience; and here we see another natural tendency to religion. What particularly strikes us in this principle of our nature is that it not only enjoins the law of duty, but intimates that there is a Ruler above us, by whom this Law will be sustained and executed. Conscience speaks not as a solitary, independent guide, but as the delegate of a higher Legislator
-the Affections, we shall recognize still more clearly that our nature is formedfor religion. What is the first affection awakened in the human heart? It is filial love, a grateful sense of parental kindness. And is not this the seed and prime principle of religion?
- There is in all human beings an insatiable desire for Happiness, which can never be appeased in our present existence, which the universe is wholly inadequate to gratify, which becomes only more intense amidst life’s sufferings and disappointments
- And there is in refined minds a still profounder and more urgent impulse, already indicated, the longing for Perfection, for deliverance from all evil, for perpetual progress, the desire to realize in character that bright Ideal of which all noble souls conceive - WEC.
Those are all good things, which the bible never condemns. It is the wilful distortion of these things that cause all the problems.
To say that, for instance, a pedophile’s unnatural desire for the raping and ruining of small children is a God-given thing is simply ridiculous. The having of a sexual nature IS a good - but evil is the misuse of the good.
The biblical emphasis is that WE are responsible for the evil that men do. In Christ God has forgiven - but that did not change what we are, which is sinners in the hands of a loving Father; and papa desires repentance and works as our true understanding of what He has done.