Monday, June 10, 2013
Evil is a Learned Behavior
Today I read Psalms 57 - 58 where David seems to imply that bad people are bad from the start, that they are born that way. I don't agree. According to revelation, all children are innocent before God until 8 years old. If that is true, then surely all men and women are born innocent and wickedness is a learned trait. Children are like sponges, they soak up everything that is around them. Just today my daughter came into my room and wanted to say a prayer, when I asked her if she wanted to say it she promptly closed her eyes, folded her arms and started saying a prayer. Among the deluge of words I could not understand I clearly heard her say, bless grandfather, meemaw, grandpa, and g-ma, something I always say in her night time prayers with her. At 2 years old she had picked up that I pray for our family. Now, if I were someone who beat up other people, or stole things or generally was wicked, what do you think she would have learned by 2 years old? She would have imitated what she had picked up from me. But anyone who needs to know that babies are innocent need only to look at a brand new baby and the innocence in their eyes and face as they look around at this new world. No, evil is not born, it is a learned behavior, no question about it! Until tomorrow.