Our understanding of man’s natural condition has far-reaching implications. For example, if a person believes that men are born innocent, or born as a blank slate, or that people, at root, are re- ally good people, then it will affect how they view the problems of humanity, and the solutions that they propose. Some think that, for example, education is the answer to the problems of mankind. If you just provide people with enough information, or the right information, then all will be well. We could cite other examples of the same kind of thing. But the Bible gives us a very different perspective. It reveals the truth that the fallen state of mankind shows us that people are sinners, and the only solution for their desperate condition can be found in the gospel, and God’s salvation from sin.