Bible Summary. Many Things May Influence Our Actions, But God Determines What Is Right and Wrong. God gives us the ability to nurture people in God’s truth despite the situation or a person’s nature. Thanks to Jesus we do not need to be governed by our situation or be slaves to our past. See below for Biblical commentary and scriptures concerning the debate of nature versus nurture.
The Nature Versus Nurture Debate Does Not Account for the Hidden Truths of God
Nature versus Nurture – Many Things May Influence Our Actions, But God Determines What Is Right and Wrong.
God is the great revealer. He is the holder of all things that are true. Nature or our environment does not determine what is true or what is right. Deuteronomy 29:29 advises us that God is the holder of all truth, not our environment, not our nature, and not our opinion.
Deuteronomy 29:29, “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Nature versus Nurture – God Gives Us the Ability to Nurture People in God’s Truth.
In discussions of nature versus nurture, many think that either our genes or our environment, or both, are the driving factors that govern our actions. In fact, God is the guiding light in this world. We as Christians have a responsibility to our children and to the people around us to nurture them in the Word and bring them up in the admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 advises fathers to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Nature versus Nurture – Our Environment Does not Determine our Fate.
Discussions about our nature versus nurture are narrow-minded because they omit God from the discussion. Thanks to Jesus we do not need to be governed by our situation or be slaves to our past. Romans 8:13 advises us that the right way to live is by the Spirit of God, and not by our flesh nature nor by the temptations of the world.
Romans 8:13, “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.”