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Must People Learn to Hate?


NELSON MANDELA SAID THIS…


“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”


People love this sort of stuff because it sounds great to the ears. But is it true?


No, it’s not! This quote opposes everything that is written in God’s Word. The Bible teaches that sin comes naturally and only through Jesus can we ever begin to love.


Children do not need to be taught to hate, they will do it by their very own nature – the sinful nature. Yes, we do need to train a child up in the way that they should go, as the Bible says, but sin will creep in regardless, which is why we need Jesus.


This thinking falsely exalts man. These sorts of quotes try to show that human beings are capable of being ‘good’ without God.  This is impossible! Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.


People are born sinners with evil hearts – there is nothing good to be found in a man without Jesus.


Ephesians 2:3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.


Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned...


Genesis 8:21 The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.


Psalms 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth

We deserve the death penalty but Jesus came to save us.


John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


AND


Romans 5:12-17 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.


But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!


Brothers and sisters, we are called to think differently from the world. Worldly wisdom leads us to death and destruction. Godly wisdom leads us to life. Let’s read our Bible so that we will glorify God and His work, not man and his sin.


— By Judah Ayling