Summary. For most of us, it is easy to get caught up in the nature vs nurture debate. In this age-old debate, each side takes up a position of why a person acts in a certain manner. The two sides of the question are: is it our environment that is the cause of a certain behavior or were we just born this way? The debate many times is used to justify certain behavior such as homosexuality, infidelity, drunkenness, irresponsibility, and so on.
Where is God in the Nature vs Nurture Debate?
The whole problem with the nature vs nurture debate is that God is not considered in either side of the debate. God is not included in this debate because both sides of the debate hold a position contrary to God. God did not create us to be bad (it’s our nature). Nor does God provide an environment for us where we have to sin (nurture / environment). The reason it is so easy to get caught up in the Nature vs Nurture debate is that we think we know what is right versus seeking God to determine what is right. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures concerning the nature vs nurture debate.
No Excuse In Denying God – Nature vs Nurture Debate
Where is God in this nature vs nurture debate? God does not take either side in this debate because both sides are wrong. First in regard to our nature, God did not create us to be bad. As we are God’s creation, the Bible is clear that our nature is instilled with God’s purpose. God’s purpose is not for us to commit any type of sin. Second in regard to our environment, God does not put us in situations where we have to sin against Him. In the final analysis, sin is just disobedience to God. Though God and His supernatural power is invisible to us, all of us in our heart of heart know there is a God and what is right and wrong. God is our creator. He has given us a purpose that does not involve sin and disobedience. Romans 1:20 advises us that there are no excuses to not obey God.
Romans 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
Nature vs Nurture Debate – Example of Vain Imagination Lacking the Knowledge of God
From a Christian perspective, the nature vs nurture debate is an example of vain imagination because both sides of the debate omit any knowledge of God. On one side of the debate, people will argue that people are born a certain way and they cannot change. On the other side of the debate, people will argue that a person’s environment causes them to act a certain way. The problem with both of these arguments is that neither argument considers the all-powerful nature of God as a factor in influencing the nature of a person. Romans 1:21 advises us of the dangers of relying on our own ideas to direct us versus relying on God.
Romans 1:21, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
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