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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Are Children Born with Sin?

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
Psalm 51:1-6

If sin is passed down from mother to child (I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me), then how could Jesus be sinless if his mother Mary was not sinless? Well, Jesus is not just human. The bible teaches that he is 100% human and 100% God. (Hebrew 2:14, Mathew 4:7, 1 Timothy 2:5)
I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me

Sinful- Adjective characterized by, guilty of, or full of sinwicked:

Sin-  transgression of God's known will or any principle or law regarded as embodying this

Adjective- any member of a class of words that modify nouns and pronouns, primarily by describing a particular quality of the word they are modifying

David is describing a quality, sin, not that he committed sin even before he was born, but that he was able to sin. That he was NOT innocent (free from moral wrong; without sin; pure) and pure (free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind)

Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward and speak lies. Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears, that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be. Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; tear out, O LORD, the fangs of the lions! Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows be blunted. Like a slug melting away as it moves along, like a stillborn child, may they not see the sun.
Psalm 58:3-8

This one is saying that there are bad people and even from birth, they are bad.

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--for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 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. 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! 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. 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. 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. 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.The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5:12-21

Death and sin came as a result of one man. This Romans passage is is one of my favorite proofs that children are born with sin.

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
Genesis 8:21

This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Roman 3:22-24

When they sin against you--for there is no one who does not sin--and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to his own land, far away or near;
1 Kings 8:46

Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
Proverbs 22:15


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  1. Hello Ruth,
    I agree with what your saying as far as we are all capable of sinning and do sin. I guess what I was stating is that babies/children to a certain age are without sin as they know not what they do. How can one be a sinner if they don't know they have sinned?
    It's was a topic I was led to study. I say it needs more. Amen?!?!
    In HIM with love,

  2. It's hard to explain exactly what I believe. I do think that to a certain age children who are not Christians go to heaven because, like you, I think that they do not fully understand their actions, but they still do sin. For example, when a baby cries, a lot of times it's because they're being selfish. But since they do not understand that it is bad, I do not think it should be held against them. I hope this makes sense.

  3. "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." The Pharisees thought they were righteous, Jesus condemned them lots of times.

    If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8 ESV)