Is man basically good?
There is no need to wonder!
Apostle Paul writes – reflecting The Psalms:
English Standard Version
No One Is Righteous
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being[c] will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Jesus Himself confirmed that Psalm in Mark 10:18
So why do we wonder?
First, let us not confuse Christianity with Churchianity – reading the first two articles in this link should begin clarifying the difference.
What does God want? - Now I realize your pastor doesn’t preach this “standing-up-against” on Sundays. He probably doesn’t want to think about it. And neither do you.
Based on my limited knowledge of the Bible, I don’t recall God saying, “Refrain from thinking about what bothers you.”
In fact, you could say the whole Bible was written to interrupt people who were refraining from thinking about bothersome things.
So where did your pastor and you get the idea that religion involved avoiding bother?
Answers the question asked in this:
So, is man really basically good, or is this just a falsely created myth meant to protect the fragile psyche of the masses so that weak and inadequate humans can continue to shield themselves from guilt through dishonesty, while doing nothing to prove their worth?