Modern Christians may think that Zacharias Ursinus was being too harsh when he wrote the answer to question #5 in his classic work, “The Heidelberg Catechism.” He said, “I am prone by nature to hate God and my neighbor.” This is just too negative, isn’t it? Isn’t there some native moral goodness in us even apart from Christ? Well, not from God’s perspective. Listen to God’s description of mankind from Genesis 6:5: “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Wow! Now that’s a strong statement: “…every intent of the thought of [mankind’s] heart was only evil continually.” According to God, mankind had become a sin factory that operated at full capacity twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
But someone may object and say, “Well, this description was prior to the flood that cleansed the earth of wickedness.” True. We find, however, an abbreviated version of this same unfortunate description immediately following the flood. “For the intent of man’s heart is evil” (Genesis 8:21). Mankind is a prisoner of his own wickedness. Who will set him free?
Something to think about from “The Kingdom Perspective.”
“The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
~ Psalm 14: 2-3