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Callous monsters, who are not to be trusted

The harsh findings of a new study on kids - but are adults any better?

A study published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry has concluded that 98% of children under the age of 10 are "remorseless sociopaths" (people whose behavior is antisocial and who lack a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience). The study says these children show little regard for anything other than their own selfish pleasures and interests. Dr. Leonard Mateo goes on to call children, “callous monsters, who are not to be trusted” .  Children display an “utter lack of empathy”, “superficial charm”, pathological lying”, “manipulative behaviours” and “a grandiose sense of self-importance”.

What do you think? Too harsh? Could children be all that bad? And what about when children grow up? Does anything change?

Seems to me that Dr. Leonard Mateo is echoing something that Jesus once said;

“For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’” (Mark 7:21-23)

Jesus says that every man, woman and child are by nature, unrepentant sociopaths who are full of evil, selfishness and sinfulness. And as a result we are all unclean. This diagnosis from Jesus may be hard to swallow, but Jesus also provides the ultimate remedy. For Jesus alone had a pure heart and lived a perfect life. His life was marked by sacrificial love and uncompromising obedience.

Jesus was never egotistical, but always looked out for the interest of others.  And he died on the cross in order to cleanse us from all our evil, guilt and shame. And he came back to life again to give us a new heart, a new life, with a new desires to live for God and not for ourselves.

This is the gospel of Jesus. Christ came to change unrepentant sociopaths into repentant sons and daughters of the living God.

Which one are you?