A web site declared, "On this day, God wants you to know, there are no bad people, only people with bad ideas."
The general consensus is that all people are basically good. Some just happened to receive some bad ideas. Where these ideas come from, nobody seems to say. Maybe it is the environment, or maybe it is the influence of others. This has been debated for many years, and will probably will not be settled here. I just want to throw in my two cents worth.
The most common thought on this, begins at birth. After all are we not all born innocent? We are always referring to children ages birth and up to 1 year as innocent babes. How could they know anything bad. Let me ask, When do babies begin to want thier own way before anything else. At what age do they begin to want to doninate over things or others? Did you or your spouse theach them to be bad? My wife and I have raised four boys and one girl, we never had to teach them to behave badly. We did have to teach them to share and not to treat others roughly and to have good manners.
The Bible has many things to say on this manner, some of which are as follows:
Gen. 6:5 "...Wickedness of man was great... the thought of his heart was only evil continually" Notice that the heart was evil continually.
Psalm 51:5 "behold I was brought forth in inquity and in sin did my mother conceive me."
Psalm 58:2 "The wicked are estranged from the womb, they go astray from birth speaking lies." (from birth)
Romans 3:10 "None is righteous, no not one, no one understands, no one seeks God." Not only are we not righteous, no one seeks God on
his own accord.
Then, if we are born bad or wicked, how can we do good things and receive salvation? I personally know some good people that have no desire to know God. These people learn good things, they don't come naturally! Goodness has to be learned.
If left to our own thoughts we would be totally bad. The reason that the tribulation period will be so wicked, is that the restrainer will be removed. The only reason we do not oive in chaos now is ththat the Holy Spirit restrains evil from bcoming rampant. I pary to God that you will not have to endure the tribulation.
Salvation and knowing God comes from the Grace of God! The Spirit draws us to Him. God comes looking for us, not us looking for God. The Bible says in John 12:32 "But I, when I be lifted up will draw all men to myself." Christ will draw all men, (not some or a selected few), to Himself. The decision will be ours to make, He gives us that right. He draws us to Himself through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
Romans 10:9 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Verse 13 says that if you ask or call on Him you will be saved!!