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Are Believers Called Evil

What do you think? Are believers called evil in this verse of Scripture found in Matthew 7:11, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"

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Matthew 16:23: "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men." This verse is speaking against your translation of Matt 7:11. Could you correlate the two and make them agree?
---Nana on 5/27/08

Evil in this scripture means, that all man has a sinful nature. Scripture goes on to say, God is more RICH, and more ready to give to His children than the fathers of our flesh can be. God is more knowing, parents are often foolishly fond, but God is wise, infinitely so. God is more kind to His adopted children. Also, earthly fathers takes care of their children, at least they are suppose to. But, God will take better care of His own adopted children.
---catherine on 5/25/08

The verse starts with "ei" in Greek, which is a supposition, and not an absolute. From the Greek the verse reads: "Pretend therefore you all err truly knowing good gifts to give to your children, how much more your Father who in the heavens will give good things to them that ask him?" Matthew 7:11.
---Eloy on 5/25/08

Because we are so rotten. Why Jesus Christ came. Pretty encourageing for the True Christian, don't you think? [Matthew 7:15] >>The road that leads to Hell is a very EASY road. The road to true life is very hard. Only a few will find that road. Only a few will make it to heaven. I realize that even some God called preachers are not preaching that today. But I have mine own callings.The word choose is here. Choose this day the road that you walk on. In other words, be smart and be WISE.++
---catherine on 5/24/08

Lk6:45A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good, and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil, for of the abundance of his heart his mouth speaketh.Rom.12:21Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.Jh 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God, but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
---Lisa on 8/9/07

Matt.12:35good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
1 Thessalonians 5:15See that none render evil for evil unto any man, but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and with all men.
Romans 12:21 21Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
---Lisa on 8/9/07

When someone calls Jesus good, he says "Noone is good, other than the Father in heaven". If Jesus didn't even consider himself to be good, we're certinly no better than he is.
---Mark on 8/9/07

Yes, as the bible also says, that we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God
---Graham on 7/19/07

Taken in Context the scripture is comparing man with God. Man who has a spririt nature and a fallen nature. His fallen nature whether a believer or a unbeliever is what makes him evil. This is why we are to Crucify the flesh and be transformed into the image of the son of God.
---Marcia on 7/19/07

"We who have evil in us" or " we who do evil things" would give us a better understanding of the meaning of what is being said here by Jesus.
---john on 7/18/07

Yes, in that we are sinners. Without God, we have evil within us, for we cannot be good apart from God. But this isn't where the focus of the verse is. The point being made is that, if we, being imperfect and selfish, can give our children good things, imagine how much more a perfect and holy God can and will give his children. It's meant to encourage us, and share with us the positive character traits of God, that we may trust Him.
---Kady on 7/18/07

I believe that it means that we all are sinners, ( doing bad, evil, wrong things)and that our heavenly father loves us more than that of the love that we have for our very own, despite our wrongdoings. God is AWESOME!!
---Karen on 7/18/07

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