God's Word tells us: "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only EVIL continually." (Gen.6:5)
Of course, man doesn't see himself that way; subsequently, the answer is: "Man by nature is EVIL, but he likes to THINK he's GOOD."
Some Christians say that we are inherently evil and that only their God can make us do good things. Others say that we are not so much evil but weak and that their devil causes us to do evil and that we need help from God to defeat the devil. No matter how Christian advocates look at our nature, it always seems to lead back to the need to worship their God or face the consequences. This leaves no room for conscience or free will, in the true sense of the words.
My view is that people are not inherently evil. In our secular education, we learn that we all have a conscience that is programmed into us from early childhood. Our sense of ethics and our moral behaviour are the result of our conscience, which, in most people, acts to inhibit wrongdoing and encourage social cooperation.
On the other hand, there is no evidence that people who see themselves as Christians conduct themselves more ethically than those who do not. Thus there is no evidence that God helps his followers to do good rather than evil. The proportion of people in our jails who see themselves as Christian is very similar to the proportion in the population as a whole.
Humankind cannot be classified as good or evil. That question has been debated among philosophers and theologians for thousands of years. However, how a person develops is primarily based on cultural influences.
Although there are many people who believe that good behavior comes from religious training, there are primitive societies that still exist who do not know anything about God and who have extremely good moral values within their cultures. There are millions who know about God and still do not believe that a supernatural father has controlled the destiny of humankind since the beginning of time . . . and who are extremely good and moral people.
For an interesting study of infants who have not yet been culturally influenced see the following link.
Sometimes. It depends on what your nature is-evil or good or both
In some myths, man was a combination of the evil flesh of titans and the good heart of Dyonyousous
Han Fei (or Han Feizi) is the Chinese philosopher who taught that the nature of man is evil.
Man is composed of both good and evil, parts that can be physically separated.
Good and evil are human concepts. Animals simply are.
because given the opportunity to do whatever they wanted to other people, most chose evil over good.
No because it is man that has defined evil. In nature there is no such thing as good or bad - the shark kills the seal because it is hungry, not because it is evil. Evil is a label man has created to fit something that does not correspond to accepted societal dictates.
do puritans view man as inherently good evil or somewhere in between ?
the nature of good and evil
the nature of good and evil
Voltaire's beliefs were aligned with those of St. Augustine of Hippo's beliefs; that we are born evil and are taught to be good and pure
Ah, Jekyll was looking into the nature of man. More specifically, he was trying to understand why man does what he does. Jekyll as the medical man, the intellectual, the academic, could see the darker side of human nature, and tried to recognize positive aspects of it, increased strength, stamina, passion, but did not understand that these are inseparable from man's evil nature. He discovered too that man's evil nature is an inseparable part of man.
An evil man is one that does what is right in his own eyes, and evil is in his heart.Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.Also known as the devil.
he's a good guy
Humans have an evil nature Dumber humans are not evil Kids see the good in others easier than adults do.
No, go with "Man has an innate propensity for savagery/evil."
belief in nature good and evil kamma or sririts
Basically, in human nature, good also has some evil, and visa versa.
Other stories show humanity's double nature, meaning they are capable of both good an evil