GOD DESIGNED HUMAN NATURE FOR LOVE
By Jesse Morrell
Everything God created has a function and a design.
God created human nature.
Therefore, human nature has a proper function and a design.
What is the proper function that human nature was designed by God for?
“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”
The proper function of a thing is determined by its design.
When a thing operates according to its design, it functions properly and orderly.
When it malfunctions, it violates its design and is in a state of disorder.
Our moral obligations (how we should function properly) are according to the design of our human nature.
We were created to love God and love our neighbor. We were designed for love. Love is our proper function.
A holy man is simply a man who lives according to his true human nature – the way God designed mankind to live.
Sin is a malfunction – a violation of our design.
Sin has damaging affects upon our soul, heart, mind, and body precisely because it is a violation of our design.
Our world is in a state of disorder because men choose by their free will to violate their God given nature, just like Adam and Eve did.
“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 [ἄστοργος: inhuman, unloving], 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.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5
Emphasis: without natural affection [ἄστοργος: inhuman, unloving]
It’s natural and human to be loving.
It is unnatural and inhuman to be unloving.
Human nature was designed by God for love.