One response to my post Are Humans Inherently Evil? No…
…got me thinking.
Let’s look at these Bible verses Tom Snyder is talking about.
Romans 3:10 — 12:
10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
According to the book of Romans, chapter 3, no one seeks God.
To that, I say “Not true.” Here is my proof:
We are often not aware of the richness and uniqueness of our cultural heritage — from stories, traditions, rites, designs and tales of the gods. Surrounded by high technology and its flimsy devices, children are more and more losing their roots. We must inform them of the richness of our traditions.
~Hayao Miyazaki, the director of My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
(click here to go to where I found this quote)
“But Miyazaki isn’t talking about the Christian god,” you might be thinking. And my response to that, is to quote these words:
The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”
(The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 834)
My point is:
Miyazaki is seeking God, and desiring that others seek God, too. He just doesn’t know it. And that, I think, is how God likes it.
Regarding Jesus’ words in John 3:3 — No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again — I quote this section of the Catechism:
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience – those too may achieve eternal salvation.
(The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 847)
According to the Catholic Church, as well as my own research:
- There are people who are seeking God.
- It is possible for a person to see the kingdom of God and not be “born again.”
Despite what chapter 3 of Romans and John imply, humans are not inherently evil.