What he is saying is that many theologians believe that some people are born with the capacity to be good, and others aren’t. Paul doesn’t agree with this assessment. He believes that we all have the capacity to be good, because God gave it to us. While he also believes that “one must love to do good and avoid evil,” (120) the fact is that whether we choose the right road has nothing to do with the fact that God’s grace has given us all the possibility to always choose good. Paul added, “Conscience is not an infallible judge; it can make mistakes” (121). This is obviously true. The Bible teaches us that none are perfect, and that all fall short of God’s glory. Still, Paul maintains that the important thing is to know the difference in what we choose, and what we have the ability to choose. While it is clear to Paul that we have, innately, all we need to make good decisions, we still need to study the Bible, and attend, church as a compass to keep us headed in the right direction.
In Lois Walker’s “Religion Gives Meaning to Life,” Walker writes about a similar belief. It is her opinion that who we are is determined at the time of our births. She writes, “We are not the products of chance” (626). Walker’s essay is in response to an atheist who claims that people only need to practice being responsible to know the right thing to do. According to Walker, the atheist proclaimed, “We don’t need a big Daddy in the sky. We need to grow up and become our own parents” (624). While we do need to know how to govern ourselves, we do, also, need our Father in heaven. Walker is states that she believes in the theistic philosophy that holds, “The universe is suffused in goodness and that good will win out over evil” (627). God’s purpose, according to Walker, is to give us a continuous reason to want to behave. If God can give his son