Human Nature: Good or Evil?

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For centuries many philosophers, as well as most individuals, have pondered on the question what is good and what is evil. More-so philosophers of all ages have also stumbled upon a more in depth question which is if the intuitive knowledge of man's nature is good, or if it is evil. Many have claimed to have an answer to these puzzling questions yet most of their answers were found to be incomplete and inadequate at a later date. Religion also tried to provide a solution but to my understanding only caused more of an entanglement if anything. According to the current definition from Webster, good is defined as morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious; where as evil is defined as morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked. One could …show more content…

This means that man was born a sinner and the only way to be "saved" from evil is to be baptized and follow the word of God. However, in regards to this religion man will commit sinful acts because he is not perfect, only God is perceived as perfect. Also as long as the sins are repented before death then the individual can indeed go to heaven which is where all the "good" people pass on to. It's rather contradictory for man to be born evil and become good after baptizing yet still will make sinful choices through his lifetime. This leaves whether human nature is good or evil in a grey area because if we were born evil and make evil choices how is it that we are good again? However, with respect to Mormonism human nature is basically good or that an individual is a God in embryo. According to Mormons the idea of original sin does not exist, thusly proving evil human nature doesn't inherently exist yet people do still sin, why? These are only two of the countless religious beliefs across the world and both provide opposite views in regards to human nature. If one were to add all the others it would only cause a bigger entanglement of unsolved answers and could only possibly lead to more questions. Every answer to every question seems to be answered with yet again another question. The reasons being is because there are so many different scenarios that can lead one person to believe someone is good and yet to another believe that same someone is


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