Bible Summary. There is really no debate in the Nature vs Nurture debate when it comes to justifying a person’s behavior. Both sides are wrong in justifying human behavior solely based on our heritage or our environment. From a Christian perspective, we do have a choice. Justifying bad or deviant behavior solely on our heritage or our environment is to deny God as our Creator and our real purpose in life. God did not create us to be bad. We have a choice. If we are in sin, it is because we choose to disobey God. We desire to fulfill our own pleasures over fulfilling the purpose that God has given us. See below for Biblical advise and commentary concerning the nature vs nurturing debate.
Where is God in the Nature vs Nurture Debate?
Nature vs Nurture Debate: Fools Professing to Be Wise.
What is God’s position in Nature vs Nurture debate? Does God say that because of a person’s heritage they are destined to be bad? Does God say that people are destined to be bad because of their environment? The answer to both questions is no. Through Jesus we have a choice and the wisdom to do right despite our heritage or environment. Without Jesus, we may think ourselves wise, but we are fools. Romans 1:22 advises that without Jesus we cannot be wise, but only fools.
Romans 1:22, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”
Nature vs Nurture Debate – What About God’s Supernatural Power and Free Will?
The extremes of both arguments in the nature vs nurture debate are wrong. In reality the major reason for taking a strong position either way in this argument is to avoid God, and to avoid our real purpose in life. We are not slaves of either our human nature or our environment. God is the ultimate power in this universe and He has given us choice through Jesus Christ to serve Him and or to serve sin. Our nature or our environment is no excuse to serve sin and not serve God. There is a God and our choice is to either serve Him or not. Romans 1:25 advise us how man will change the truth of God, and serve sin instead of God.
Romans 1:25, “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen”
The Nature vs Nurture Debate – Both Sides Seek Justification For Sin.
Our environment offers many opportunities for us to be bad, but it is still our choice to be bad. God, our creator, has given all mankind the knowledge of what is right and wrong. In the final analysis, if we are in sin, it is because we choose not to retain God in our knowledge and be disobedient to Him. We desire to fulfill our own pleasures over fulfilling the purpose that God has given us. Romans 1:32 advises us that people know the difference between right and wrong, and they choose to do wrong.
Romans 1:32, “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”