As Iron Sharpens Iron

An ongoing and online discussion between: an Orthodox informed Ecumaniac without a denominational home, an ordained Baptist youth pastor with an open mind, a Calvinist worship leader/seminarian with a staggering vocabulary and ability to make a point, and a cradle Catholic with a love/hate relationship to Rome.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

What is original sin?

First, do you think that Jesus "inherited" original sin? Is that part of being entirely human? And if he did, how was he, as Westernly conceived, the pure sacrifice?

No, Jesus did not inherit original sin. Read the following passage from Romans...

[9]Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! [10]For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! [11]Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
[12]Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned– [13]for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. [14]Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
[15]But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! [16]Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. [17]For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

[18]Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. [19]For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

Sin enteres the world through Adam's sin, not Eve's. I'm not sure which church fathers said this, but basically, the idea is that since it is through Adam's sin that sin was given to all humanity, then it is through the father that the sin nature is passed on, which is why Jesus was born only of a woman.

As for Calvinism, I don't agree with it at all. Calvinism seems to have taken a view of the sovereignty of God, which is Biblical, to such an extreme that it totally negates any responsibility on our part in making a decision.

As for what is "original sin", THE original sin is the sin Adam committed and, as Romans states, "sin entered the world through one man."


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