We like to think that people are essentially good. We like to think that we are generally in the right. But I don't think so. I think our tendency is to go wrong more than it is to go right...if we're left just to our personal desires. God got pretty frustrated with mankind in the early generations...so much so that He regretted ever making man. Were it not for Noah there would have been no-a more people! Consider the account of Genesis 6:
5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them." 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
As I think about it, I owe a lot to Noah. None of us might be here if He hadn't chose to walk in obedience with God.
It's not that we are essentially good...It's that God is completely good and gracious to rescue us from our selves!
"Death is inevitable. Life is a choice!"
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live."