For Evidence That Humans Aren’t Inherently Evil, Look Between Your Legs

Evidence: The available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid.

“Are humans inherently evil?”

That’s a question that I’ve asked before on this blog.

Because of my Catholic faith, I say “No.”

As a Catholic, I believe that human beings are inherently good. It’s just that, because of Adam’s and Eve’s sin, we aren’t as good as we should be:

Although it is proper to each individual, original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in any of Adam’s descendants. It is a deprivation of original holiness and justice, but human nature has not been totally corrupted: it is wounded in the natural powers proper to it, subject to ignorance, suffering and the dominion of death, and inclined to sin – an inclination to evil that is called “concupiscence.” Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 405

After running on a treadmill earlier today, I had a thought — new evidence for my belief in the inherent goodness of humans:

The naked human body.

David

I’ll explain:

God created our bodies and said they are inherently “very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

Adam and Eve8

But because of Adam and Eve eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil — Genesis 2:17 — we are less able to see the inherent goodness of all that God has created.

Hence the need to cover up.

Adam and Eve7

Looking at myself, there are times where I think I don’t like my body.

Shame at the state of my body is what motivates me to run on a treadmill. My body is inherently good, but because of Adam’s and Eve’s sin, more often than not I look at it and think I don’t feel good.

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So:

If someone ever tells you “Humans are inherently evil sinners,” one thing you could do is look in a mirror.

Take in the sight of your body. See everything that makes you think Yes! and everything that makes you think Ugh!

Do that, and remind yourself:

What I am, inherently, is very good.

In conclusion:

Despite its imperfection, your body is deserving of love, respect, and attention.

Glorify God with your body.
~ 1 Corinthians 6:20

Woman

And despite the imperfection of you yourself — Genesis 3:7 — you are created for love, respect, and attention, too. (Genesis 2:15, Genesis 2:18)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart…
~ Ecclesiastes 3:11

You are not meant to settle for anything less.

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