1 Peter 1 v 3 According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
I was captivated by the accompanying image as it is a slightly liberal adaptation of the verse in 1 Peter 1. However it gets the message across.
Technically speaking we were not born to BE bad. But we were born into sin. All people are born with a sinful nature. After all, babies don’t need to be taught how to manipulate parents and they learn at an early age that throwing a tantrum will get some response. If parents do not nip this behaviour in the bud, the child will grow up with a temper problem. The Bible also teaches us that if a baby dies it will go to heaven. See 1 Samuel where David’s child born out of his adultery with Bathsheba is said to be reunited with David in heaven one day.
So even though we are born with a sinful nature it is only when we learn to sin and we understand what we are doing, that we are in danger of being left out of God’s kingdom. It is sin that separates us from God. Everyone must be born again (see John 3). Unless one is born again, one cannot see the kingdom of heaven. So, there comes a point when we come to an age of understanding (maybe 7 or 8 – or maybe a little older), when we then become responsible for our choice. The choice IU am referring to is this: what are you going to do about Jesus sacrifice for your sin?
If you accept Jesus died in your place, you can believe and follow him, and you will be saved (born again). If not, then you are in danger of being eternally lost and condemned to hell. I know it is unpopular to say that, but I am just quoting the Bible. If you believe any of the Bible, you have to believe the whole Bible (see the last couple of verses in the Bible for reasons why this is true).
When you receive Jesus as your saviour, you are made righteous before God. It is called the heavenly exchange. In exchange for taking your sins and guilt, Jesus gives you His righteousness and holiness. God sees you as He sees His risen on. Perfect and Holy! Even though you continue to sin, in God’s eyes, you are Holy!