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I was born this way! I was born with a lot of preprogramming. For example, I was born with natural, instinctive, desires that I had no choice in accepting or rejecting. Before I was old enough to think with words I desired food and water. I don’t remember a thing about it, but I’m sure I cried when I was hungry. I probably cried about a lot of things: discomfort, pain, boredom, need for attention, and a dirty diaper. As I grew up and matured, my parents taught me to control my desires, my actions, and not to cry about it. As a boy I naturally desired certain foods that children desire: junk food, sweets, candy, sodas, etc. I still have these desires. I think I was born with it, but regardless I have to control it and eat healthier foods which I’ve learned to like more and more as I mature and get older. As I matured physically I was more and more attracted to females. I was very curious about the female anatomy and developed natural desires that accompany it. I didn’t ask to be this way. I was born this way. I was taught, however, that those desires need to be fulfilled only within the confines of marriage, and only with my wife. These desires were designed by God for the obvious purpose of intimacy in marriage and reproducing. So I had to control those desires and fulfill them only according to God’s plan (Heb. 13:4). Sometimes I feel the desire to be selfish. It seems to come very natural. As Paul wrote, “I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.” (Romans 7:21). This is not an excuse to do evil, but a warning to fight the sinful urges of the flesh (1 Peter 2:11). As an adult if I cried about all my problems, behaved like a child, and didn’t control the desires of my flesh, then most people would think that I was being immature and needed to grow up. If I contended, “But I was born this way!” then I would be correct, but most people would tell me to grow up because I shouldn’t be that way any more. You see, if I let my desires control my behavior under the guise of being born this way, then I’d be in terrible shape. No matter what your typical sinful desire may be, claiming, “I was born this way,” is not an excuse to do what ever you’d like to do. I was born an ego-centric, selfish, baby, but I grew up and learned to control myself. Those who practice certain sexual perversions under the claim of being born that way need to grow up. What if we all used the excuse, “I was born this way”? Thankfully, most of us don’t use that excuse as a justification for sin. --Caleb Cunningham