While we have well covered fallen creation’s propensity for evil and sin, we must also recognize humanity’s ability to do good. The Enemy lured human beings toward evil, but they also gained the ability to distinguish good from evil and can do tremendous good. As much as we are aware of evil, we are equally aware of good.
Human beings can be incredibly creative, intelligent, and independently good-natured. We do not need God to do good, because this capacity already exists in us. The goodness of human beings is a reflection of our original design. The present reality reflects a historical reality!
Cultures and societies from time immemorial have designed value systems for better or for worse. But these designs always vary according to geography, context, and culture.
While few will challenge love, peace, caring, and giving, the reasons why we do good vary. The constant is that we are designed to appreciate and do good and, in such goodness, find inner peace. But from being good we transition to simply doing good so we can therefore feel good.
Giving millions of dollars to charity won’t drive away inner emptiness. While it would certainly be a good feeling, we must not confuse such an emotion for spirituality. An increase in donations might end physical poverty around the world, but it would not end spiritual poverty of the individual. However, it is incredibly awesome to give and end physical poverty from a place of spiritual plenty.
One of the Enemy’s greatest victories has come in making us think our sinful actions are our biggest problem. Thus we desperately try to solve our inner state by the external means of doing good. This is one of the core characteristics of fallen creation. The Enemy knows the power of human beings in spiritual communion with God, so he has created a distraction to keep us attempting to perfect our actions only through the mind and body. The Enemy does not care if we become good as long as we do so without God. His main goal is to block our spiritual connection with God. Our moral reformation is just fine with him—as long as we become “good” by ourselves.
In our fallen state, we do both evil and good because of who we are. The Enemy makes inroads on both fronts—pushing us to engage in more philanthropy, to perform more environmentally friendly acts, to commit to corporate social responsibility, and to build a culture of benevolence. We think we can beat our own nature by promoting good even as we fight to legalize sin. We find many ways to make ourselves feel good by doing good. But the bandages we put on can only stop the bleeding for so long.
Simultaneously, the Enemy also pushes us to do more evil, to turn wrong into right, and to legalize every sinful action so we no longer feel bad. Neither increasing our good works nor papering over evil will fix the fundamental problem we face. Neither of these will reverse what the Enemy originally achieved. What is left is only the emptiness that afflicts us after having done good deeds; the feeling that there is more to life when our sensory experiences end, remains.