Sin VIOLATES Human Nature: It is NOT Human Nature to Sin
Refuting the Gnostic Heresy of a “Sinful Nature”
By Jesse Morrell
Nature was created by God. Nothing is sinful about it. In fact, it is against human nature to sin. For example, the body was designed for work. So laziness is against our nature. Our sexual desires were designed to be gratified naturally through marriage, so sexual perversion is unnatural. The lungs were designed to inhale oxygen, so smoking is against our nature. Our liver and kidneys are destroyed by alcohol, so that is unnatural. Our minds were designed for sobriety, so drunkenness is unnatural. When you lie your whole body reacts negatively, which is why a lie detector works. So lying is unnatural. Parents were designed to love their children so abortion is unnatural. All sin violates our conscience, which is the supreme faculty of our nature, so all sin is unnatural.
To the contrary, our nature was designed for holiness. We naturally feel good when we do right. And we naturally feel bad when we do wrong. Our nature wasn’t designed for sin. Sinning is an abuse and misuse of your nature. Human nature was designed for love, not sin. Sin is a violation of the loving relationships we were designed to have with one another.
The Bible teaches these things:
Rom 2:14-15 “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by NATURE the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another”
Rom 1:26-27 “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the NATUREl use into that which is against NATURE: And likewise also the men, leaving the NATURE use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
2Ti 3:1-5 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without NATURAL affection [ἄστοργοι: love for your children and family], trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
Eusebius said, “The Creator of all things has impressed a natural law upon the soul of every man, as an assistant and ally in his conduct, pointing out to him the right way by this law; but, by the free liberty with which he is endowed, making the choice of what is best worthy of praise and acceptance, because he has acted rightly, not by force, but from his own free-will, when he had it in his power to act otherwise, As, again, making him who chooses what is worst, deserving of blame and punishment, as having by his own motion neglected the natural law, and becoming the origin and fountain of wickedness, and misusing himself, not from any extraneous necessity, but from free will and judgment. The fault is in him who chooses, not in God. For God is has not made nature or the substance of the soul bad; for he who is good can make nothing but what is good. Everything is good which is according to nature. Every rational soul has naturally a good free-will, formed for the choice of what is good. But when a man acts wrongly, nature is not to be blamed; for what is wrong, takes place not according to nature, but contrary to nature, it being the work of choice, and not of nature!”
Live according to your nature and be the way God designed you to live – holy and free from sin!