Category Archives: Theology

Is the idea of original sin biblical?

 What do these passages mean?

  • Psalms 51:5  “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
  • Romans 5:12-19     12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.  15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.  18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

Original Sin is Contradictory

Ezekiel 18:20 “The person who sins shall die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. “

Where does Original sin come from , whereas it is clearly stated in Ezekiel that the person who sins shall die, and his sin is on him , he’s responsible for his sin, not anyone else.  So how do you justify “ORIGINAL SIN” in coherrence with this verse?

 
Answer
 
Original sin doesn’t mean that we are guilty of the exact sin Adam committed.  It means that our nature has been tainted with sin.  So God will judge us for being sinners as well as the specific sins we’ve committed. 
 

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.  14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.”

 
For more on how to receive God’s forgiveness,  see Why Jesus.

Original Sin is not Fair

I was never personally troubled by this question because God has made the means of being saved from sin so simple it just never concerned me.  But something else that did concern me is when I’d hear Christians say, “Even though you didn’t have to, God thank you for saving me.”  Now I’d think, “Of course a loving God would have to save you.”  But it wasn’t until just a few years ago I understood I was wrong and ‘they’ were right.  I finally understood the concept of Federal Headship.

Wikipedia

Federal headship refers to the representation of a group united under a federation or covenant. For example, a country’s president may be seen as the federal head of his nation, representing and speaking on its behalf before the rest of the world.

This is really a foreign concept to most western people today but that does not make the idea false. 

Romans 5:18

So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.

Federal Headship swings both ways.  If you think it is wrong to for Adam’s sin to count against all people, do you think it is wrong for Christ’s sacrifice to count for everyone for everyone who will repent and receive it?  “But Christ wouldn’t need to die for sins if we didn’t inherit original sin.”  But if Adam and Eve sinned so easily, do you really think you’d do any better?  Let’s say you did.  You go 100 years without sinning and then one day you hit your thumb with a hammer and used God’s name in vain.  Now you are in the same boat anyway even without original sin. 

 Apart for a divine nature, such as Jesus has, it is practically impossible to never sin.  Thank God He sent Jesus to take our punishment for those who will receive His free gift.

1 Corinthians 15:22

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

Romans 6:8

Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him