bibletalk Is It Really Human Nature?

It’s human nature. That phrase is usually thrown out when discussing negative human characteristics. For instance, people think it is just human nature to be selfish, not wanting to share your things. Some think it is just human nature to react violently when verbally or physically assaulted.

Human nature is mostly used to excuse poor behavior.

What does the Bible say about human nature? The best place to start is always at the beginning. Read what Genesis 1:26 has to say about “human nature”:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Scripture tells us that in his original state man was in God’s image and likeness. In ways that are not altogether clear, human beings were created to be like our heavenly Father. Jesus taught that “It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord” (Matt. 10:25).

We can never be equal to our Lord but we can be like Him.

Is it really human nature to react poorly to certain situations? If so then Jesus’ reaction to being crucified surely would have been to call the twelve legions of angels to defend Him and keep Him from death (Matt. 26.53).

Many things influence our thoughts and actions. Genetics, family upbringing, friends and associates all have an effect on our lives. To varying degrees those things shape who we are and who we will become. However, true human nature is to be like our creator.

All of us have the potential to be better than we are now.

In Christ, Steve Preston

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