Original Sin

Q. Isn’t it true that we were all born into original sin. There are no ifs ands or buts about it. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden….their sin was passed along to us. So, there isn’t anyone who hasn’t sinned because we were born into the sins of our fathers.

A. Original sin is a term primarily used by Catholics. Most non-Catholics prefer the term sin nature, meaning that we’re all born with a predisposition toward sinful behavior. This doesn’t mean we’re in any way accountable for the sins of our fore fathers, and in fact until we’re intellectually mature enough to understand what sin is, God does not hold even our own sins against us.

Most theologians, Catholic and Protestant alike, reject the notion that we’re in some way culpable for the sins of Adam and Eve. We’re only responsible for ourselves.

That said, due to our sin nature there’s no one who can resist sinning . As Paul said, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

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