Religion: Would you say "humans are born with an amount of goodness."?
- RWPossumLv 72 years agoFavorite Answer
An experiment that has been replicated many times shows that when infants are exposed to puppet shows in which there is a helpful character and a character who plays a dirty trick, infants tend to show a preference for the nice character after the show. That is, they will look toward the nice character or take a cookie offered from the nice character rather than the nasty character.
However, this is not the case when the nasty character has far more cookies.
Buddhists say that we are all born with a "Buddha nature" but also born woefully ignorant and in need of instruction.
An obvious difference between humans and other animals is the lack of instincts human infants are born with and their need to learn. Insects start life with all the knowledge they need to live. Horses know how to walk as soon as they are born. The human brain is magnificent in its creative capacity at the sacrifice of survival instincts.
- RajaLv 72 years ago
No. A human mind which is empty on birth is filled gradually with knowledge, skills, intelligence, feelings, emotions, interests etc. The sources for this knowledge and other things are parents, teachers, friends, news papers, books, videos, tv etc. All human beings are just robots made of flesh and bones and toys of the spirits for their games.
The moral and justice are taught. While they are taught, good spirits possess them and take them in a right path and keep them good.
- PubliusLv 72 years ago
Yes. God creates all of his children with eternal life in mind. Anything less would have been arbitrary, partial, mean, and evil of him. We received the bequest of the first estate, divine qualities like love, mercy, friendship, etc.
- 2 years ago
That makes humans inherently evil, which of course is a pagan idea.
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- Bobby JimLv 72 years ago
Humans are born with a basic morality, to know good from evil. But born with a goodness? In Jeremiah 17:9,10, God disagrees with the idead of any goodness in man.
- Annsan_In_HimLv 72 years ago
First you would have to define what YOU mean by 'goodness'. I can assure you that different people have a different standard of what is 'good' and what is 'bad'. And they are also more tolerant of badness in those they love than in strangers. Our standards are often arbitrary. For instance, we can turn a blind eye to 'white lies' instead of having an objective standard with regard to truth.
As for what we are born with - only physical matters can be determined at birth. We can say if a human is born with 4 limbs or 3, with hair on the head or bald, and so on. Nobody can examine a new-born baby and detect whether it has a quality we call 'goodness'. One thing is for sure, nobody has to teach a little child to do bad things. By the time they are two years old they have already mastered the concept of 'No!' and apply it to get what they want, and what they want is selfish desires. Where do selfish desires come from in a toddler? Especially when its parents have been diligent to try to instil caring, sharing qualities! Still that toddler will stamp its foot and scream "No!" when its will is thwarted. Ponder that.
- 2 years ago
No, there is only the one single-at-a time decision for good or bad. You are good or bad.
- Anonymous2 years ago
"Made in the image of GOD" (Genesis 1:26) who is THE "SPIRIT" (John 4:24) who "instilled a conscience in us" (Romans 1:18-19) to "know right from wrong."
Unfortunately when "Adam sinned" (Romans 5:12) we LOST that HOLY IMAGE and now we have to find our way back to that HOLY IMAGE via belief in the baptism of the Holy Spirit who "RESURRECTS" (I Corinthians 15:45) our "DEAD spirits" (I Corinthians 15:21-22) back (Ephesians 2:1) "up from the grave" (Ezekiel 37:12-14).
JESUS told the UNBELIEVING PHARISEES "The Kingdom of God (aka "spirit") is WITHIN you" (Luke 17:21) "But FIRST I must suffer" (Luke 17:25) "the cross" to make HOLY SPIRIT available to ALL who "BELIEVE."
- yesmarLv 72 years ago
Yes, of course.Source(s): Jesus follower
- 2 years ago
The Bible frankly states: “The imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” (Genesis 8:21, Revised Standard) Thus, children are bent toward mischief. (Proverbs 22:15) From birth, all of us are inclined to do wrong. (Psalm 51:5) To do good requires effort, like rowing upstream against the current.
Nevertheless, we are also endowed with a conscience. This inborn sense of right and wrong influences most of us to act within the bounds of human decency. For this reason, even those with no moral training may be known for their benevolence. (Romans 2:14, 15) However, as noted above, our inclination toward wrongdoing can cause a conflict to arise within us. What else may influence us in our struggle between good and evil?
- Anonymous2 years ago
Would you say rattlesnakes are born with an amount of goodness?