First the bad news.
as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good,not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” — Romans 3:10-18
That’s the way we are without God. That’s the way we are when we go to church but don’t believe. That’s the “cultural Christian”, the one who goes to church for appearance’s sake.
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. – John 1:11-13
It isn’t because of anything we do that we are saved. We don’t “decide” to be saved. The Father wills our salvation. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we hear the word of God about Jesus and His work, and he grants us faith to believe. The faith given by God in Jesus the Son of God and his death and resurrection saves us.
Nobody chooses to be born. We are conceived, we grow, and in the fullness of time we are born. It wasn’t up to us to be conceived. We could not help but grow. Our birth was forced upon us.
Nobody chooses to be born again. Nothing we do brings it about. Our salvation is entirely the work of God.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and everything that is in them. Not only this, but He looked at it all and said that it was good. In other words God made a perfect creation.