I believe that both of the following statements are true:
-People are inherently good.
-People are rotten to the core.
Obviously, the two statements are contradictory, but then again, so are people.
I think 'good' and 'bad' are largely a matter of degree, context and perspective. Dropping atomic bombs on civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki might not seem like an act of "good", but those early atomic bombings are historically credited with bringing World War Two to a close and saving lives by making a ground war in Japan a moot point. Was bombing Hiroshima a 'good' act?
Ask Harry Truman and Barefoot Gen the same question and you will get two different answers.
To certain religious Fundamentalists, acts of violence can be seen as easy tickets to a rich and Divinely rewarding afterlife...they think they'll arrive at the Gates to Paradise and be greeted by a Celestial Scorekeeper who will review their record:
"Hmm, says here you killed two doctors, a nurse, three women and one fetus when you blew up that abortion clinic...nice job! Welcome aboard! Here's your harp and halo."
" Your suicide bombing killed twenty heathens on their unholy pilgrimage to a Church that doesn't follow the proper rules...mmm...excellent work! I think you will find martyrdom suits you. I have some virgins for you, right over here."
That sounds crazy to me.
Fundies make me nervous. They think they can get away with murder in this life by being rewarded for it in the next life...they believe that all you have to do is observe the proper ritual or ceremony and all will be forgiven.
Never let a Fundamentalist guard your back. They'll fuck you over and let God (who, of course, is on their side) sort it out.
Take George W. Bush for example: For years, he listened to Fundamentalists-look what that got him- a 20% approval rating, nearly all of whom are Fundies, and a staggering legacy of shame, corruption and incompetence.
Bush has undoubtably made decisions that have led to human death. Lots of deaths. He often mentioned his religious faith while announcing and defending his fatal policies. Does merely asking for forgiveness in the proper manner make it OK with God? Some faiths claim "yes", some do not.
What happens when Bush arrives at The Final Gate? Will he get punished for his bad actions or will he get rewarded for whatver good intentions he may have once had? Will he be damned by his God or will he be forgiven?
Wait and see. Or not.