December 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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What IS Original Sin?
Are All Condemned by It? 

People say that all the children of Adam and Eve "inherited" their father's and mother's sin. They say it was passed upon them because of their parents sin and that mankind was condemned by that first couple who sinned.

This is referred to as "original sin."

If one makes a search for the words original sin on the internet using a web search engine (that's a fancy name for a software program that hunts through a database) one finds a morass of confusion, debate, and many writings from "experts" as well as   those who just have an interest in "proving" or "disproving" the theory.

Some of these writings are couched in 'holy' words, dripping with religious phrases, by-words, and oxymoronic examples. One web site asked, "Is original sin a habit?" Their answer was "No, it is not a habit," and yet a few sentences down into the writing it is declared that it IS a habit, saying it depends on how one looks at it. That is confusing, to say the least!

Folks, God is NOT the author of CONFUSION!! He also does not condemn someone for another's sin!

Deut. 24:26, "The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: EVERY MAN SHALL BE PUT TO DEATH FOR HIS OWN SIN." (Editorial emphasis added)

Nowhere in all of scripture can anyone find that someone is condemned for anything other than his own sin!!

Oh, I know many scriptures have been taken out of context and/or twisted to "prove" this erroneous concept (and that is just what it is -- man's concept, man's IDEA of what God would or would not do.)

It all goes back to the two trees in the Garden of Eden where Satan seduced Eve (mentally and spiritually - NOT physically) into eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Then Eve seduced Adam into the same sin, the SIN OF DISOBEYING GOD!

We are told what sin is in:

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

I call the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the tree of decision, for Eve had to make a conscious decision to disobey God because she wanted to be able to decide for herself what was good and what was evil. That, of course, is something that God has reserved for Himself since He alone knows what is TRULY GOOD and TRULY EVIL.

One of the "proof texts" that original sin advocates use is:

Ex. 20:5, "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;"

Notice...it is unto the third and fourth generations of THEM THAT HATE ME!

This is because those children had been TAUGHT by their parents to hate God! Oh, perhaps not in those words, but they were taught the same thing that Satan taught Eve, that God was just jealous and didn't want them to be able to make decisions like God could make, deciding what was good and what was evil. The children, in essence, were taught to disobey God by eating of the same "spiritual fruit" that their parents had eaten.

This, of course, would take three or four generations to "unteach" them the wrong way, and teach them the right way of life. And that is supposing someone began teaching them the right way of life!

Please notice that verse 6 shows the other side of the coin.

Ex. 20:6, "And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."

Those who believe that a child is a sinner even in its mother's womb call this "original sin". The consequences of that original sin, they say, causes the penalty of death to pass upon those babies not yet born, not yet able to even think for themselves or to know what good or evil is all about.

Is that the way God is? Does He allow that to happen? Does He pronounce the penalty of death upon someone who can't even defend or speak for themselves? NOT ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE!!!

Rom. 9:11, "(For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)"

It seems one must be born in order to do good or evil! The purpose of God's election is to call a person and that person must be able to MAKE A DECISION about following good or following evil! Don't you see?? Good and evil are produced through thoughts and actions.

Remember what Deut. 24:16 as well as 2 Kings 14:6 says, "....every man shall be put to death for his own sin!"

Of course! God doesn't condemn some one to eternal death because of another's sin!!!

Mankind needs to be saved from death (the penalty of sin) caused by the teachings against God and His Law. Eve taught her son Cain the 'way of Satan' and Cain taught his children that way (referred to in later scriptures as 'the way of Cain'), passing the penalty of sin upon all his descendants because they were then led (taught) to sin against God, don't you see? It does seem, however, that Adam repented and began to teach God's Way to his son Seth. Seth then taught his children God's Way.

Gen. 4:25-26, "And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD."

His children began to call upon the name of the Lord, or as the margin reads, they began to call themselves the children of the Lord. To learn more about this subject, please read the article "The Seed of Satan" in the archives of this web site.

The scriptures even show in Isa. 7:14-16 that the child Jesus (Immanuel) would NOT know good and evil for a time after His birth!! Jesus was just like the child mentioned in Rom. 9:11 previously. Jesus was totally human, a human baby with all the needs and crying of any baby. He had to be TAUGHT the Way of God!!

It didn't "come through the womb with him" as some have said!!

Sinless Jesus?

Another interesting thought is that since Jesus was human, then original sin would have been passed down to Him. He would have inherited "original sin"  and He could NOT be our SINLESS savior!!

You might want to also check out our article here entitled "The Human God". You might find it enlightening.

When one realizes that sin is the transgression of God's Law (The commandments, statutes, ordinances) and that all God's commandments ARE RIGHTEOUSNESS (Ps 119:172) then one will come to realize (unless they have willingly pulled that veil of blindness over their eyes - Mat. 13:10-15: Mark 4:10-12: Luke 8:9-10) that each person is responsible to God for obedience to His Commandments.

To Whom Does God Give His Spirit?

The only way a person can achieve the resurrection to eternal life is with God's Holy Spirit residing within, AND GOD ONLY GIVES HIS SPIRIT TO THOSE WHO OBEY HIM!!!

Acts 5:32, "And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him."

We should all be so very careful of what we hear, read, and heed!! The doctrine of original sin begun by the Catholic Church in about the 15th century and passed on to her "protesting" daughters is a doctrine of Satan the devil!!!!!

PLEASE!!!!! Read and study God's Word prayerfully, on your knees, asking Him to reveal His Truth to you about ALL doctrines preached by any man!

REMEMBER::: 1 Thes. 5:21, "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."

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