The “common grace” of God is evident in humanity (Psalm 145:9).
The stain of Adam’s transgression is extensive, i.e. to every aspect of our being; yet it is not manifest to the same degree in every creature.
In fact, only within a very few does it manifest itself in the totality of its horror! The impact of a Hitler and a Freud needs the evaluation of time. 6 million in the 1940s vs untold millions since the 1900s!
Most of humanity is “good”, since the Imagio Dei manifests “goodness’. Nature is not raw in tooth and claw…
This reality serves to confuse those who are not instructed in and committed to the supremacy of scripture (Isaiah 8:20 & 2 Tim. 2:15).
This confusion often leads to the endorsement and/or acceptance on the part of the believing community of individuals and/or ideologies masked behind the “goodness” of certain individuals.
Case in point: Teddy Kennedy.
His kids love him. In their eyes he was a good father. To listen to the testimonies of those in Massachusetts, everyone loved him.
But, why did they love him and at whose expense?
To the degree Sen. Kennedy “loved” his kids and friends at his own expense, his love is commendable.
To the degree his “love” was at my expense, i.e. any taxpayer, his “love” is to be abhorred.
Robin Hood is a thief, regardless of generation or garb.
When, oh when, will we wake up