Are We Evil By Nature?

trialsThe question of whether or not Human nature is inherently evil is a question that has echoed through the halls of time.  Many religions, philosophers, and scholars have tried to answer this question, all of them coming up with different results.  Christianity represents one end of the spectrum, the side that says that evil is part of Human nature, even going as far to say all humans are born evil, being that all humans ” turned from God, sinned and now need a Savior to bridge our separation from Him.”. Christianity and it’s ideology represents the belief that all  humans have original sin and are born evil and in life need to repent for their prenatal sin.  The Jewish faith on the other hand believes that ” man enters the world free of sin, with a soul that is pure and innocent and untainted”. The Jews and their ideas represent the other end of the spectrum, saying that Man is born into the world free of sin( which religions use as an analogue to evil) and that he taints himself with evil. Where exactly do I stand on this issue? I stand in the middle of the spectrum, and I think that evil is a product of it’s environment. To me, we are all born with the capacity to do evil, just like we’re born with the capacity to use our lives to do great things and change our world for the better. However, when people get in a mob mentality in the right circumstances, there is no telling what can occur. For example, the Salem Witch trials is a stain of blood in the soil of New England, with the evil deeds perpetrated persisting throughout time. It happened because stress, religion, old world ideas, and mob mentality, a recipe for disaster, combined at the right time and the right place. There is some recipe for evil that is hidden somewhere in human nature, but only in the right circumstances will it rear its ugly head.  Until some gene or combination of them pinpoints evil in the human genome, the question of whether or not Evil is part of Human nature will be answered with a different response every time it is asked.

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/Original_Sin.html

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/worldview/human-nature-good-or-evil-0

http://listverse.com/2013/07/28/top-10-instances-of-mob-mentality/

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  1. You have almost TOO much in this post…although I can see how you were making associations (Salem=Christians acting not with Christian values)…so, my advice would be to focus and explore. There is a great deal about evil in Judaic tradition…you could post on that alone. Adding the apple (which was not around during the writing of the Old Testament) just confuses the issue. Title does not reflect what is written in your text.
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    all words spelled correctly; mistake “it’s= it is”;
    multiple pieces of multimedia; multimedia adds new perspective to post; post is not fully categorized and tagged

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