“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.
I have had a problem with this quote, “Love comes naturally / Hate is learned”, since I ran across it the other day. I’m trying to reconcile love coming naturally to mankind with the Word of God and I just can’t. Love comes through God. We don’t even know love until we know God. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35.
Furthermore, doesn’t the Bible also say that the carnal mind is at enmity with God (Romans 8:7)? If love is “natural” to man kind, why so much hate? Those sweet little children they have pictured will probably get angry real quick if their toy is taken, regardless of the color their skin. Is that learned or natural?
What about hate? Hate is a sin, right? Do we “learn” sin or are we tempted by satan to sin? The temptation is not the sin but submitting to the temptation is the sin. If we are all born sinners due to the fall of Adam, we are born with a sin nature…not a Divine nature but a sin nature. In other words, love is not natural but hate is natural. It is satan’s job to kill, steal and destroy – that is what he does. We can blame it on society or each other all we want but when we do, we are doing satan’s job for him and destroying one another.
We are all born with our God given free will. An unbeliever can only overcome satan’s temptation for so long before they are overpowered. The devil has the ability to move on the unbeliever’s will and overcome, it is only by the grace of God that he is not allowed. If we, in our flesh, could overcome the will of satan in our life, there would have been no need for the Cross of Jesus. The only way we can have victory over our sin nature is by submitting our will to God’s will. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24. We are not alive unto God until we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. At which point, the Holy Spirit comes to abide in us and takes dominion over our sin nature. It is then and only then that we know love and have the ability not to sin…not to hate.
The point I’m trying to make, albeit poorly, is this…hate is not society’s fault, just like love is not “natural”. Psychological gospels love to proclaim the problem as being from the outside while the Gospel of Jesus Christ points directly to the problem as being on the inside. The world points to society as the problem and treats the symptoms, the Cross of Jesus points to the sinner as the problem and changes the heart. Until the church addresses the problem for what it is, sin, and directs the sinner to the only cure for sin, the Cross of Jesus, we have a bunch of people walking around with their sin nature having complete control over them. Sin is not static, it gets worse and worse until the person is utterly destroyed. Flesh cannot deliver flesh from the power of the sin nature, only Jesus Christ can deliver one from the bondage of sin and He is standing at the door knocking.
As all of the winds of doctrine are coming down the pipe and the church is being tossed to and fro, their is a generation of young ones who are being taught they are sinners because society made them sinners, not because they were born sinners and the only solution to their “learned” sin is their natural ability. This is not victory over our sin nature but deceit from the devil. Until the hearts of people are changed by the Lord Jesus Christ, no matter the sin and no matter the skin, sin will have dominion over them. The Lord only sees two types of people – saved and unsaved
We are not naturally “good”, we are naturally evil until we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. He is the only One Who overcame sin and He is the only One Who can deliver us from sin…not nature. – Donna Clark Warren