Q&A: What is original sin ?

Question by jsjmlj: What is original sin ?

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Answer by Zander
Being born I guess.

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This is a video of our 3 sons who we are adopting from Ethiopia. Caleb, Josiah, and Noah should be coming home towards the end of July. The video is made up …

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24 thoughts on “Q&A: What is original sin ?”

  1. something you lose at baptism, its when Adam and eve disobeyed god in the garden of eden by eating the apple when god told them not too

  2. Islam does not believe that mankind is born inheritantly evil and with a burden of some original sin.

    In fact Islam says every child is born totally sinless and pure and if they were to die at any early age they would go to paradise without any accountability.

    In Islam there is no concept of punishing a child for the sins of the father and there is no concept of lawful procreation(sex) being a dirty or sinful act.

    Islam does not believe we are predisposed to commit sin and being imperfect creations, we are not predisoposed to absolute goodness either. On the contrary Islam says we have choice to obey or disobey God. The choice is ours either way equally. To predispose us to lean to one side would not be true freedom of choice or free will.

    Islam believes that all disobedience is bad – Pride, lying, cheating etc. but mankind is not guilty until proven innocent. In Islam all are innocent until proven guilty. We are not born guilty of crimes but when we do commit crimes then there is forgiveness through repentance.

    The way to atone for the sins is through sincere repentance to God directly without any priest/pastor or intercessor. God is the one who loves to forgive the sins of those who cry in repentance…..with broken hearts. This shows our humility and recognition of the Sovereignty of the Lord.

    God is the one who gives strength to mankind to obey his laws and come closer to him. The only thing we need is the sincere heart felt desire and intention.

    Accountability is started at the age of puberty – when children start to distinguish between right and wrong and can make choices.

    Islam says that God created us and blew his spriit into our souls. If no evil were to tempt a man then he would perfectly recognize who the Lord is and submit in total obedience just as we will the second after we pass away.

    Islam is therefore the effort to protect the heart and cultivate the goodness which is in every heart.

    The heart is protected from outside corruption by obeying the Laws of God in every sphere of life – 24 hours a day (hadith and sunnah) and by bringing the correct understanding of the oneness of God and perfect Monotheism (as detailed in the Quran).


  3. “”According to Christian theology, original sin (also called ancestral sin, hereditary sin, birth sin, or person sin) is the fallen state of humanity. In the history of Christianity this condition has been characterized as something as insignificant as a slight deficiency to something as drastic as total depravity. Western Christian tradition regards it as the general condition of sinfulness (lack of holiness) into which human beings are born, distinct from any actual sins that a person may or may not commit later. Eastern Christian Tradition too identifies original sin as physical and spiritual death, the spiritual death being the loss of “the grace of God, which quickened (the soul) with the higher and spiritual life”[1] Others see original sin also as the cause of actual sins: “a bad tree bears bad fruit” (Matthew 7:17, NIV), although, in this view, original and actual sin may be difficult to distinguish.[2]

    Used with the definite article (“the original sin”), it refers to the first sin, committed when Adam and Eve succumbed to the serpent’s temptation, commonly known as “the Fall”.

    This first sin (“the original sin”) is traditionally understood to be the cause of “original sin” (the fallen state of humanity).

    While Christians cite references to original sin in the Old Testament (such as Psalm 51:5), the doctrine is not found in Jewish theology.

    The Western tradition, both Catholic and Protestant, concerning original sin is largely based on writings by Augustine of Hippo, who concluded that unbaptized infants go to hell[3][4] because of original sin. The Latin Church Fathers who followed Augustine adopted his position, and it became a point of reference for Latin theologians in the Middle Ages.[5] In the later mediaeval period, some theologians continued to hold Augustine’s view, others held that unbaptized infants suffered no pain at all: unaware of being deprived of the beatific vision, they enjoyed a state of natural, not supernatural happiness. Starting around 1300, unbaptized infants were often said to inhabit the “limbo of infants”.[6] The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1261 declares: “As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them. Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus’ tenderness toward children which caused him to say: ‘Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,'[7] allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism. All the more urgent is the Church’s call not to prevent little children coming to Christ through the gift of holy Baptism.” But the theory of Limbo, while it “never entered into the dogmatic definitions of the Magisterium … remains … a possible theological hypothesis”.[8]

    Augustine’s formulation of original sin was popular among Protestant reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, and also, within Roman Catholicism, in the Jansenist movement, but this movement was declared heretical by the Roman Catholic Church.[9] Like other traditional church doctrines, original sin has been denied or reinterpreted by various modern Christian denominations (such as the Unity Church) and theologians (such as Matthew Fox).

    By analogy the term “original sin” is used in fields other than religion to indicate a pervading inherent flaw.[10]

  4. There was no ‘original sin’. If you ask the question when and what was the first sin, then we’ve say, when Eve lied and told the serpent, God said not to “touch” the fruit.
    In God’s Word, Sin is sin and has no 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degrees.

  5. Eve was tempted by the Serpent to taste the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. She was told it would bring her the understanding which God possesses of good and evil. She would be like God. She liked the idea of gaining intelligence and the fruit looked delicious. At every moment (portions of a second) we decide something. She decided to disobey God and earn her stripes her own way. Satan posioned her mind to the point that her guilt caused her to make Adam sin. The Lord returned to find them clothed in fig leaves. They were expelled from the holy garden and forced to work to keep from going hungry. We are a part of the nature they initiated. Flesh has desires which God detests. He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on the Cross at Calvary under Pontius Pilate. Jesus was a sinless man. His crime was knowing the Father’s plan of salvation for us. By accepting Christ as your Savior, you will get to live eternally with Him. Ask Him into your heart today.

  6. Another deception.

    Sin is the transgression of the law.

    I John 3:4
    Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

    You have to break one of Yahweh’s laws to sin. When you’re born you haven’t broken any laws.

    Biblically speaking there is no such thing as “original sin”

    The closest you get is:

    Psalm 51:5
    Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

    This is not talking about David’s sin but his mother’s sin.

    There’s no need to worry about original sin, it’s a myth.

  7. Original sin was Adam and Eve eating from the Tree of Knowledge. This fruit caused their souls to be independant of God to know good and evil but at the expense of death.

    that death fell into the entire physical universe and now everything decays, even stars.

  8. The nature that we inherit all the way back to Adam. We owe a debt to God for doing that which we do out of our sinful nature.

    Adam wasn’t made with a sinful nature. He committed the first sin and got a sinful nature which he passed on to his children after he sinned.

    Jesus Christ was the only man born on earth without a sinful nature, so he could pay for our sin who could not pay.

  9. I love you so much for what you did May God bless you am from Ethiopia CHSFS but now am here in USA I hope ones up on a day I will see you God be with you

  10. I just watched your video and now I’m bawling! I have always wanted to adopt an infant from Ethiopa, but now I’m considering adopting an older child as well. Thank you and God Bless you and your family!

  11. Wow. I just got back from ethiopia and there are sooo many orphans that need good, loving Christian homes. I want to adopt from there too!

  12. This was just beautiful. Had my eyes watering up. Thank you for opening your home and hearts to those little boys. I pray God will continue to bless you and your family. Stay under the wings of the Almighty.

  13. Ohh! I’m crying so much when i saw the video. The story is very sad. Poor son’s mother, she is too generous…(sorry but my english is bad)

  14. When there are no resources to care for someone and little govt. infrastructure to care for the sick, poor and dying? They WERE cared for until those couldn’t anymore. That horse of opinion shouldn’t be so high.

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