Nature vs. Nurture: A Biblical Perspective

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The Nature versus Nurture debate has been ongoing for centuries. People have tried to gain power through knowledge in determining what causes the human “mind to tick.” For centuries leaders and scientists have performed unethical and immoral studies to determine why two people with similar genetic composition can come from similar backgrounds and turn out so differently. I have witnessed a person raised in a poor home by parents with drug addictions become a thriving contributable member of society. Unfortunately, I have also witnessed a person raised in a Christian home with a Father as a minister who ended up in prison. As we learn about the psychological and biological composition of human beings and the affecting environment, I am…show more content…
Evolutionary psychologists have focused on Darwin’s principle of natural selection to explain the fact that genes interact and adapt to their surroundings. Their theory shows that in order to protect and promote the species’ survival, the genes interact resulting in individual personality traits, such as impulsivity and aggression. They further attempt to expand on this theory by saying that our genetics predetermine our mate selection and gender differences in sexuality. This fuels the debate concerning why we choose our mate, and whether or not the way we are raised will determine if will be heterosexual or homosexual. What does the Bible say about Nature vs. Nurture? The Bible tells us that we are perfectly made: “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:27) However, Scripture also teaches us that our environment and parent’s influence play a crucial role in the person we are to become. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, told us fathers “provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4). Scripture also says that the Lord teaches the way we should go, and He will counsel us and watch over us. (Psalm 32:8-10). Even though God teaches, sometimes we choose

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