Secondly, reality is the handiwork of God, and reality does not bear witness that man is totally depraved. Yes, the history of humanity is full of wars, slavery and every form of wickedness. But it is also a history filled with champions of freedom, gentleness, sacrificial love, good-hearted people- humanity even before Christianity was never all wicked.
Yes, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. But no, we are not worthless, heartless people at our core. Cornelius(Acts 10), Nathaniel(John 1), Obadiah (1 Kings 18)are three pre-resurrection people who were commended for good hearts and good works. A totally depraved person would by definition be incapable of good,
Well, my hand hurts so I'll stop typing now. Here's the statement that warmed my heart:
Obviously, we are not in God’s image in terms of height or weight or skin color. God is spirit, uncreated, and we are created of matter. Still, God has made humanity in his own image, which means that there are essential ways in which he has made us to be like him. We are self-aware, we can communicate, plan, think creatively, design and build, solve problems, and be a force for good in our world. And we can love.
I added the bold type, fyi. Here's the link it came from:
Why Were You Born?. Enjoy!