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Dennis Prager, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, wrote a very insightful column about goodness. He writes:

"No issue has a greater influence on determining your social and political views than whether you view human nature as basically good or not.

In 20 years as a radio talk show host, I have dialogued with thousands of people, of both sexes and from virtually every religious, ethnic and national background. Very early on, I realized that perhaps the major reason for political and other disagreements I had with callers was that they believed people are basically good, and I did not."

He goes on to state the problems that arise from believing that people are born "good." The most notable went like this: "... if you believe that people are basically good, God and religion are morally unnecessary, even harmful. Why would basically good people need a God or religion to provide moral standards?"

When we come to communion we are agreeing with Dennis Prager. Man is not born good. Man needs God to make him good.

"For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

SOURCE: SermonCentral Staff. Citation: Romans 5:6-8 (NASV). Dennis Prager, "If you believe that people are basically good." December 31, 2002.



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