There seems to be a clear distinction between what an evil person can produce and what a good person can produce. This goes straight to ability especially when you consider verses like Matthew 7:17-18. Matthew 12:34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. Matthew 7:17-18 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Now consider this verse... Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! Notice that Jesus does not say, "If you then, being mostly evil but with still a little remaining good in you left over from being made in the image of God..." Jesus says that we are evil, period. Jesus also says that evil men bring forth evil things, and that a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. So how is it possible that one who is evil knows how to give good gifts to his children? After all, Jesus also says, "How can you, being evil, speak good things?" indicating that this should be impossible. IMO, the answer to this apparent riddle is obvious, but I'm curious about your views.