On sin and mankind

Mankind, “himself desiring to become God, he rebelled against his Maker and aligned himself with the devil . . . yet, in spite of this, human nature did not cease to be essentially good. Fallen man does not ‘move of himself towards evil,’ but is led into it by hearkening to the temptations of the devil, though it is not only the temptations of Satan which incite man to sin” (Mantzaridis, G. I., 1984, The deification of man, pp. 62-63).