The Human Condition: Basically Good or Inherently Sinful?

Are "Mormons morphing Boy Scouts into 'Girl Scouts'?" asked Stephen Stone, president of Renew America.  Stone reports that the influential Mormon church is bowing to pressure from 'gay' activists and like-minded supporters who demand admittance of 'gays' into the Boy Scouts.

A central premise of both 'gay' activists and their supporters is that 'gayness' is genetically caused the same as skin color, thus 'gays' have little choice but to behave as they do because they are 'born that way.'

Many people do not buy this argument.  Nor does Stone,

"... no one is inherently gay, even if they behave that way. If they adopt homosexual practices, they do so by choice, willful yielding to inordinate self-centeredness and desire for easy gratification — not victims of innate "gender confusion." (Stephen Stone, Renew America, May 16, 2013)

At stake here are three fundamental issues. First is evil. Why does it exist? Second is the human condition, is it fallen or essentially good? Third is the moral agency of man. Is man able to choose or not choose to engage in sodomy, bestiality, pederasty, lesbianism, and pedophilia as well as hate, kill, lie, deceive, cheat, steal, rape, seduce and pervert children or is he a psychochemical machine or evolved monkey helpless to resist genetically caused instinct and stimuli?

Merely to answer any of the three questions is to demonstrate moral agency (free will) and voice of conscience.    The truth is that man can in fact choose to lie or not lie, and the genocidal murderer Joseph Stalin amply demonstrated his own free will and demonically occluded conscience when he not only ordered the liquidation of millions of people but pointed out that whoever controls the mind of man can be the engineer of his soul, in other words, play at being God.

The Biblical view of man is the antithesis of the world's view which believes that men are basically good and evil is something external to man.  Guns for example are evil, while the human who pulls its trigger is somehow not really responsible unless he is a bona fide NRA member. 

What we believe at the level of man's nature is not just a matter of how we feel or what our opinion may be, for men are either fallen, thus inherently sinful, or not fallen and basically good.  The Biblical view of man is the antithesis of the other view. Either the first position is true or the antithesis is---they cannot both be true.

President Ronald Reagan was a Christian, thus he believed that man is fallen, that mankind is created good but because he is also fallen he contains within himself the seeds of corruption and evil. However, because mankind is endowed with free will, he has the ability to say “no” to bad impulses.  As this is true, then man's character, whether noble or ignoble, is determined by,  

“... a thousand other choices made earlier in seemingly unimportant moments. It has been determined by all the ‘little’ choices of years past - by all those times when the voice of conscience was at war with the voice of temptation, [which was] whispering the lie that ‘it really doesn’t matter.’ It has been determined by all the day-to-day decisions made when life seemed easy and crises seemed far away - the decision that, piece by piece, bit by bit, developed habits of discipline or of laziness; habits of self-sacrifice or self- indulgence; habits of duty and honor and integrity - or dishonor and shame.” (Ronald Reagan)

By extension of Christian reasoning, man must be held personally responsible for the bad choices he makes.  Thus from the architects of the Benghazi scandal to practicing sodomites, thieves, liars, pedophiles, pederasts and murderers---all are responsible for the wrongs they have committed and society has a duty and obligation to punish them.

But if the Christian view is wrong, then the living God does not exist and man does not contain within himself the seeds of evil, nor does he have to account to the living God for his actions here in this world.  If this is so then why not, as Donald Kaul suggests, repeal the Second Amendment and declare the National Rifle Association,

 ".... a terrorist organization and make membership illegal.... (I would also raze the organization's headquarters, clear the rubble and salt the earth, but that's optional.) Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that "prying the guns from their cold, dead hands" thing works for me."(Des Moines Register publishes gun-ban column advocating deadly violence against NRA, GOP leaders, Tim Graham,, Jan. 2, 2013)

As Dostoevsky said, if God does not exist then all things are possible, so why not stir up hate and murderous intent against anyone you hate, envy, and desire to see destroyed?   Why not seduce and sodomize young men in the military, in our schools and in the Boy Scouts?  

Why not overhaul straight America by way of a carefully orchestrated campaign to psychologically manipulate Americans into accepting 'gay' behaviors as "just another thing, with a shrug of their shoulders," for then "your battle for legal and social rights is virtually won."  (After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90's, Marshall Kirk & Hunter Madsen )

If you can get away with it, then why not do what you want?

"There's nothing to fear but fear itself. So why not go ahead? What's to stop you?"  Go ahead, "make my day." whispers the devil in sadistic anticipation.

@Linda Kimball