nature

Nature vs. Nurture the Biblical view


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There are those that strongly believe the theory that has been placed out there that some are born a certain way. The main reason behind this theory is designed to overcome the Bible and thus show that it is a nothing but a book. What is to follow is purely me stating what I find to be shown as facts within the teaching given within this book, but we must first have a starting point. Mine is God’s view of children.
Jesus stated that he wishes all to come to Him as if they were children, innocent and pure. This means that up until children enter into their teenage years they are not held accountable for their sins. Why? Because they are learning. They are being taught right from wrong from their parents, their spiritual leaders and teachers. They are being given the foundations of knowledge that will lead to how they should respond when they are presented with either sinning or not sinning in various encounters they will have as they go from being a child into an adult.
It is during these teenage years that we are presented with free-will. For only as we head toward and then become adults are we held accountable for our actions. This is why many Protestant and Pentecostal churches do not wish people to become baptized until their teenage years and beyond because they have made the free-will choice to turn to Christ and accept Him as their Savior. This is why it is important to teach children of the Bible and the meaning of right and wrong as well as what is considered sin during their informative years. So when it comes time to make a free-will choice it will be with an understanding that they may be exposing themselves to sin. Many will choose to do so and because it was a free-will decision they are more than welcome to do so.
So now that we have established that children are born innocent and pure and without sin. How can someone state that they are born into a sin nature? How can they come into this world already fully encumbered with free-will when they are a clean slate? You cannot. Yet this is how those that state nature causes someone to come into the world full of sin. This is actually counter to the teachings of the Bible, which tells all to teach their youth of God and His Word. For to say that someone is born already tainted it negates the statement Christ made wishing all to come to Him as if they were children. For children would already be accountable for free-will from the moment they are born, which they are not. So since those that say it is through nature that someone ends up someway then this rules out the existence of God, which is exactly what they wish people to believe.
But what if there is a God and the Bible is correct and a new born babe is free of sin and only becomes aware of it as they grow and become accountable for it as they come into adulthood. Then this promotes that it is through nurturing that someone decides to enter into any type of sin and since this is how the Bible states it is and should be then there is a God and it is through teaching children of God and what is right and wrong as well as what is considered a sin or not a sin that we reach the point of free-will fully informed of our choices and decide how we shall live our lives.
Since this is not how most are now taught due to the theory that nature is the way people sin that it ends up that people do sin, because they have been nurtured by those teaching this false idea that this theory is indeed fact when the Bible says the opposite.

Nature is the providence of God


Many in today’s world are stating that nature created many in the wrong form. However this is not the truth. Those that say this do not know nature. The core nature of a species is to reproduce. This is a fundamental of all species all the way down to a single celled organism to Homo-Sapiens.
Anything that or anyone that goes against this basic structure of nature and thus God’s design live in sin. For anything that goes against God is the enemy of God and thus is sin.
James 4:4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. 5 Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. 6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
Romans 1:18 – But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. 21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved. 28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.
“So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.”

Now men wish to be women and women wish to be men. They have turned against nature and thus they have turned against God.

Natural law


The other day I read an article from the “Federalists” You Have No Rights Without Natural Law. Within this article it lay down the ground work that “natural law” comes from God since God is the Creator of all.
A comment to this article was make in response:
“How can you say natural law has had multiple interpretations through different philosophers, but that an absolute morality exists? Which is it? And who’s ‘natural law’ is right, yours, mine, the priest’s?”
This was my response to this person:
“The article states that God is the creator of this planet, this very universe. Looking at that simple fact the question can be asked where does nature come from? Since God created this planet, the answer is self-explained. God created nature. So something that can be called “natural” or from nature comes from God. This leaves one conclusion, there is only one nature and one natural order. When people chose to say this is not true they are in fact denying nature and are denying the natural order. They are in conflict with the truth. A “priest” is a representative of a man-made religious group. Anything man-made is counter to nature for that is humanity seeking to have domain over nature and thus over God. True faith in God does not conform to a religion, but to true natural order. When you say “yours, mine, the priest’s” you are by your wording implying that your views within the word “mine” say you wish to rule God, if you even belief in God. Since there is a natural order this is a confirmation that there is a God who created everything including your soul which was given a body through the conception of your parents desiring to continue God’s natural order of reproduction. So to answer your question, people have a different understanding of natural law due to poor education which in many times promoted humanities desire to rule over nature and thus over God. The absolute morality does exist because that absolute IS God and you can learn these absolutes by truly reading and coming to fully understand the Bible.”
My foundation for my statement is as follows:
Romans 1:18 – But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. 19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
21 Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. 22 Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. 23 And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. 26 That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. 27 And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.
28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

The rain comes down


The rain comes down and cleans the ground and the air, washing the impurities away. Carrying them into the ground where what is impure causes plants to grow and food to germinate.
Then once again, the cycle repeats itself, the perfect system.
Yet those that doubt God do not see His hand in it. A system designed to promote life, a system that feeds off each other.
We breathe in oxygen and nitrogen and exhale carbon dioxide, which feeds the trees and causes it to grow and release oxygen into the air. Tet there are those that do not see within it the hand of God.
God who created everything you see and you yourself. Yet there are those that do not see God.

To study nature is to study God.


God created the universe. God created the planet Earth. God created the animals upon this planet. God created humans. Now I am one that does not follow the thinking of creationist. To me that limits God. Too many times humans limit God.
There will be those that say the plagues that the Egyptians suffered was due to a nature disaster. I will say since God created the earth He can control the earth and so made the natural disaster in the first place.
God created all the animals upon the earth and so how they behave is due to His plan. Therefore, when you look at a pride of lions, a herd of elephants and a flock of geese flying in a “V” formation you are looking at God.
The universe is too vast to state that by random chance life formed upon this planet. It is also too vast to state that this is the only planet in the universe to have life.
We are promised upon the return of Christ upon the earth that we will receive an eternal body. Why would you need an eternal body if it were meant to stay solely here upon this planet? It is this very reason that as you look upon nature you will see the hand of God. The mere diversity and complexity of each life form be it a planet or an animal speaks of a divine purpose.
Many animals have gone extinct mostly due to humans. The Moa, the Dodo, and yes even the so-called mythical dragon were killed off by man, known as a Behemoth in the book of Job within the Bible. Trolls of myth could have been Neanderthals, and yet they were still killed off by man as well.
All cultures speak of the flood, even the Aztecs and Maya in murals upon the walls of their pyramids, and yet there are those that deny God is real. If you were to truly watch a hummingbird fly, you could never make such an assumption. For God is so great that He thought of even the most basic things as the very atoms that compose everything within a universe that is so vast it is immeasurable.