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Born to be Bad

Updated on February 5, 2010

By: Toni Tucker

The Bible says in Palms 51:5 "That I was born in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me."

Many Theologians debate whether this scripture could have referred to David's recognition concerning his present state of sin, or his acknowledgment of his parents issues, with a focus on his mother's condition. Or, whether or not man is born inherently evil.

Nonetheless, it was his sincere prayer and desire to be forgiven for his past and present iniquities.

Even former great philosophers who have contributed to the shaping of our society, like Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean Jacques Rousseau all agreed to some extent, that man is born inherently evil.

Was Kayne West displaying his inherent evil tendencies when he unceremoniously took the mic from Taylor Swift during the MTV Music Awards a few months ago, denouncing her during her thank-you speech before millions as she was crowned as having the Favorite Female Video of the Year, declaring that Beyonce's video instead, was the best ever?

Are Rush Limbaugh's daily political and social tirades on his national radio show an inherent display of his deep-rooted fear and disregard towards people of color evil? Is it his intention, ensconced in fear and hate, to perpetuate discord among various ethnicity's?

Are we as Christians inherently evil while driving and someone cuts us off the road and we slip-up a middle finger? When this happens are we suddenly stopped from praying in tongues to blurting out a curse word or two? Or do we honk on our horns like maniacs? No, never, right, wrong! Are we evil when we find ourselves in unexpected long lines in a grocery store and instead of displaying grace and patience, we get angry and complain about it to everyone in line including the cashier?

What about our behavior when we go through that fast-food drive-thru, gobble up the burger fries, and slurp down the coke, then look for a traffic-less long and dark road where we proceed to toss out our trash on the street or highway? When we know that God does not like that at all.

We rationalize quickly telling ourselves that - nobody's looking, besides, this bag, cup, and now empty paper contents are an inconvenience to me and my 'clean' car. So unabashedly we proceed with littering our streets. Is there no remorse, no shame? Is this act inherently evil? Don't we get a check in our spirits to do the right thing, and save the garbage for the trash can? Are we convicted by the Holy Spirit? God is always watching and he knows all and sees all that we do, even to his planet.

What's our temperament in public, let alone in private, when things don't go our way? Does it just take a little egging on by a total hot-headed stranger to push our buttons and make us 'get ugly' by cussing someone out and acting unruly?

What about the latest revealing of yet another athlete gone bad, this time, Tiger Woods. Now Tiger is no stranger to controversy, not much, but he raised a lot of eyebrows - particularly in the African American community several years ago when, I'd say, he was 'misunderstood' by his claim to be Asian. The absence of also acknowledging his African American heritage to some diverse ethnicity's, not just African American, made it appear that he had dismissed his African American half, namely, his father.

Now, all we know is that Tiger Woods ran his car into a tree outside of his house and at last count at least fourteen of his mistresses fell out with the leaves. It might seem funny, but it's really quite sad. His under-cover phone message has now also been exposed to the world, left, is a wounded family. A wife and innocent children who are sure to be the target of unwelcome ridicule when they are older. What goes on in the dark will surely come to light. Tiger, born to be a super-golfer, now known as a multiple adulterer. Born to be bad, really sad. Only if he repents and seeks Jesus as his Lord and Savior will he receive authentic forgiveness. I do pray that if Tiger is in a sex rehab clinic that he will receive excellent professional help, and that it will work for the sake of his marriage, if his wife, Elin, decides to stay with him.

I'm reminded of an incidence about a year ago, when I was dining alone at a popular buffet in the Tampa Bay area, mining my own business and enjoying my meal. When an assured looking, yet, soft-spoken man interrupted me and asked me this question. "When you look in the mirror, who do you see?"

Did this man who presented me with this thought provoking question see me act ugly with one of the servers. Had I past up an elderly person in the buffet line trying to 'get my' plate filled to the brim? Was I spotted acting self-centered and inherently evil? Did I think only of myself and my 'looks' that others around me didn't matter? God forbid! At first I was almost insulted, then I realized that this stranger might have been led by God to stop by my table close enough, but not too close, to poise this introspective question. He wasn't commenting on my weight, at least I hope not! At first, I was caught off guard by this question. It crossed my mind to say something smart and quick witted. But I didn't. I really don't recall how I responded.

Remember the old adage, "Beauty is only skin deep." In our hedonistic age of Housewives of Orange County, Atlanta, and New Jersey, we witness the superficial friendships and adolescent back-stabbing in amazement on these tabloid reality TV shows. Is this a reflection of our society or an over-exaggerated ratings ploy? How could grown, financially well-off women be so catty and act so childish? They seem to be consumed with their looks, clothes, parties, social status, and money. They say that art reflects life, if this is the case it's indeed a sad commentary. Is this not a shameless display of - wealthy women gone bad? The word says in Proverbs 31:30 that "Beauty is deceitful, an beauty is vain, but a woman that fears God, she shall be praised."

Till this day I continue to think deeply about that question that polite man raised, and why he directed it to me? It has prompted me to take a good look in the mirror and an even deeper look at my soul. Was he an angel sent by God or a smart aleck? I don't know, but, the relevance of the question is thought provoking and challenging. It makes me look at my character, motives, interactions with others, and mostly, my relationship with the Lord. Maybe that was his point.

My conjecture is, if we are born into sin, and we have a base sin nature, there is a point where we as Christians must continually grow, and not act ugly in public or even react ugly in private when someone or something catches us off guard. There's a daily struggle and exercise to read God's word, to dare to be transformed by the washing of his word and a determination within to change for the better. To please God, our families, neighbors, strangers, and to even feel better about ourselves as disciples of Christ. It can be quite simple, if we try.

Jesus is the only man to have lived on earth who lived a sinless life. He was born to bad, but in a good way. 2nd Corinthians 5:21 tells us that Jesus was "made to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God."

Yes, we are born to be bad. But, God's word and a constant character check, and an even deeper look into the mirror of our souls and the redeeming blood of Jesus makes us born to be improved, changed, examples of Christ, and glad!

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      TimeHealsAll 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thank God there is a way out of being born into sin. Thank God for sending his word and the great sacrifice he made on the cross, a guarentee for us all. A contract signed, sealed and delivered through Jesus Christ. Great Hub!!!

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Yes, TimeHealsAll, thank God for the contract, through Jesus Christ. Thank You and Continue with your great work as well!!!

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      peacenhim 7 years ago

      Thanks Heavensgates; this is a very good teaching!! This story brings to mind the Scripture in Ephesians 4:23-25; "And be renewed in the Spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor; for we are members one of another."

      God looks at our hearts to see His reflection, and your Hub is such a great example!!

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Peacenhim,

      Thanks for the encouragement and the scripture! Ephesians 4:23-25. That is exactly what I was trying to get across.

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      thefount 7 years ago from North Central Louisiana

      This hub blessed me, thank you so much!

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Praise God! I pray continued blessings for you and your ministry. Thank you thefount.

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      John Harper 7 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Good hub, God hub, I like it....

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What a great hub!

      I must admit it was your topic and your photo that first grabbed my attention right up there on page 1 of hub pages. But it's nice to meet you too!

      I'm a fan now!

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      create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts Heavensgates. I think about how we all live sometimes and we do need to take a moment and reflect on our purpose for being here. I really love Michael Jackson's song 'Man in the Mirror' since we must take the time to keep ourselves in check. Good job. Keep up the good work.

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Thank You all Aguasilver for reading and responding in such a kind way! I'll be reading your hubs as well. God Bless

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      Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

      Amen!

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      godpreacher 7 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      Great hub,

      It has been said that it doesn't matter where we start, but rather where we end up.

      We must endeavor to put on the mind of Christ, and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

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      Judah's Daughter 7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Great hub, sister! I believe God allows Man to be imperfect so we don't ever make idols of mankind, but to know all of us are in need of a Savior.

      Jesus said He is the vine (the tree of life) and we are the branches. Satan came along with his hacksaw and cut us off from that tree. Our leaves wilted and our fruit rotted. Praise God, our Gardener came along, picked us up and grafted us back into the tree of life. Once again, we can bear fruit bringing life to others.

      As it only takes one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch, our sin is like a bad apple. It affects our peace with God and our witness to others. It is a poor reflection of Christ. I always say, "If there be any good in me, it is the Lord; the bad in me is still a work-in-progress".

      Our comfort is knowing that God says He works ALL things together for good. We can rest assured that He will prune us and care for us so we grow stronger and stronger because He is our Life Source!! Praise God!

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Thank you Tom Whitworth, godpreacher, and Judah's Daughter!

      Yes, our lives are continually a work in progress. I am daily reminded to light my light shine, so others will see the light, and be drawn to Christ. Bless you all.

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      D.C 7 years ago

      I do not believ man is born evil.It his his intelligence that makes him evil. When a baby looks into your eyes and smile , that is kindness that we are born with. It is the intelligence that messes up ebverything.

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      I believe you D.C.

      Thank you, and have a great week!

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      Ibrahim Berr 7 years ago

      I come from a diffrent religion yet i share the same views and i would definitely say people are not born evil they choose whether or not to be evil!!

      great hub thanks

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Well thank you Ibrahim Berr for your comment! I do know that God is always watching, so I try my best to do what's right...I'll be reading your hubs as well.

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      You raise some interesting moral questions here. I didnt know about Tiger Woods denouncing his part of his family that was african. I heard all about the other stuff alright. You ar e a good writer. I will visit often. Thanks for becoming a fan! : )

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Yes Cheeky Girl, about 10 years ago, Tiger was asked what ethnicity he considered himself to be, and he responded by saying, Asian, without mentioning his African America ancestry. It shook up a lot of people and I believe he later gave a clearer account for his initial response. I just pray for him and his family. He has issues that have been exposed and really needs the Lord Jesus. You have a Great Christmas and New Year!

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      Karen Russell 7 years ago

      OUTSTANDING! I SCALE DOWN THE PAGE & ALMOST CLICK MY BUTTON BECAUSE, OF THE LENGTH {SMILE} BUT, THAT BEGINNING LINE ENGAGE MY SPIRIT & CURIOSITY, AS I BEGAN TO READ THE ARTICLE I WAS CAPTIVATED IN THE WAY YOU INTERJECTED CONCEPT, RELIGION & THEORY. DID YOU EVER ANSWER THAT QUESTION "WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR, WHAT DO YOU SEE?" THANKS, A WONDERFUL READ! LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE...R.K. AKA LOLLIPOP!

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      loes 7 years ago

      Great Hub Heavensgates. Down to earth and fascinating to read. I will read more of your hubs.

      Loeshay

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Thank you Karen Russell, and loeshay for reading my hub. Also thank you for your comments. I too will be honored to read both of your hubs, and in the meantime, Have a Merry Christmas and a Properious New Year!

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      When we look in that mirror, we see what we see. No one has to elaborate, the question can be interpreted on more than one level, so simply say " I see me". Thanks! Happy Season's Greetings to you too!

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Thanks Cheeky Girl, I love your responses. You crack me up!

      ("No matter how hungry I am, I could never eat a raccoon!")

      You go to love it, you have a subtle sense of humor that comes across. Have a Merry Christmas and a Prosperious New Year! And, remember, Jesus loves YOU and so do I!!!

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      poetlorraine 7 years ago

      ah yeah we are all imperfect that is for sure. nice hub like the way you put it together

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Karen, Loeshay, and poetlorraine, thanks for your responses!

      One day, I'll be able to navigate each individual response.

      All of you beatiful ladies keep up your good work writing hubs. I'm reading them too.

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      AntoineAllen 7 years ago from New York City

      Amazing hub

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Thanks AntoineAllen for your post! Have a great week.

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      Sinner 7 years ago

      Yes I was garbage when I was born because of sin. I was born to commit monstrous acts of sin and ultimately be destroyed by God. I am supposed to be dead and burning in Hell right now but Jesus had another plan. Although my soul is more worthless than dog feces God still intervened in my life. I thank God for His true grace and mercy. He is truly a long suffering God full of patience and love. Love I dont deserve at all. Although I do have the Holy Ghost inside me I am still a piece of dog feces because I am made out of this disgusting crap called the flesh. Until Jesus comes back or when I die, the flesh will always be my worse enemy. The flesh is more dangerous than Satan himself. Who can deliver me from this body of death? NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!!!!!

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Sinner, thank you for your response! We are all sinners saved by grace, even in all of our righteousness, we are as filthy rags before God. Thank God for his son Jesus and his blood! You are so right.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank God for redemption! In Christ, we don't have to be enslaved by sin. What a fine hub to provide enlightenment on our nature.

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      Heavensgates 7 years ago

      Hi IslandVoice! It's good to hear from you once again. Yes, thank God for redemption in Christ, Amen and Amen. Have a blessed weekend, see you next time. I'll be reading your hubs as well.

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