Sinful Nature of Mankind
Majority, if not all of people in Christian religion believe that when a child is born the sin committed in the Garden of Eden by Adam and Eve comes with a big price to pay. As humans multiply, sin passes on from generation to generation popularly known as sinful nature of mankind. Many denominations still preach that we are in the fallen state, which means we are still under the bondage of sin. Since Adam and Eve is considered the parents of mankind it is believe to be the reason. The Bible even mentioned from one man sin entered the world. If human being is born with sinful nature then we are not given a choice not to sin against God.
The concept of original sin was suggested by Bishop Irenaeus in the 2nd century and Augustine developed the doctrine and based it in the teaching of Paul in his letter to the Romans 45:12 and 1 Corinthians 15:21-22; reference to Psalm 51:5. Then later followed by early Christian fathers such as: Tertullian, Ambrose and many others. The popularity of the doctrine of original sin was carried over by protestant reformers during the 15th century by Martin Luther and John Calvin. Huldrych Zwingli (Switzerland) the counterpart of Martin Luther (Germany) is not denying there is an original sin but denied that it is transmitted or imputed guilt. Two great Christians reformers that have different opinions and history of disagreement.
During our early childhood we already learned what is good and what is bad, thus, the hard way when our parents punish us for something we did wrong, something we are not aware that it was wrong. The other factor is the easy way when we are rewarded by our parents for our obedience or doing exceptionally well. Disobeying the house rules and regulations set forth by our parents is disrespecting their authority and it shows the one side of our nature. Our conscience becomes the turning point that open our eyes to naked truth and our innocence becomes the object of fault where we point fingers to be the cause. The same thing when Adam got tempted. Instead of acknowledging the sin and take the shame to himself, he became defensive, he tried to make an excuse and said to God “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” If we cannot admit our own mistakes it will end up on blaming others to justify our excuses.
We grew up governed with rules by our parents because they want us to grow as a well disciplined, well mannered individual, with obedience to the laws of the land as well as to the laws of God. We are their responsibility, we are the reflection how they govern their household. We learned a lot of lessons especially from our mother from fixing up our bed to cleaning after ourselves, advices to set up our goal; what we want to be, what we need to make our dreams comes true and advices to never give up on our dreams. They even trained us to be kind and generous to others. However. Some of these we fail to follow.
Parents are overprotective sometimes that threw us off because we do not understand what our parents’ feel, love beyond compare being misunderstood? Mother’s instinct sometimes trigger fear that leads to be more restrictive to their children, the unconditional love and care is not limited to our youth but till we are in advance age. When we become parents then we realize that life is not as easy as we thought when we were young. Disobedience is part of human nature and free will is a gift from God, the gift of nature the freedom of choice, either we obey or disobey something according to our conscience or to our emotion. God listen to the testimony of our conscience and not to the decision we made base on our emotions.
Many people claimed that we are born with sinful nature but little we hear that we are born with love which is also part of our nature. Without love what would it be? Isn’t it the presence of hate? We do not know love and hate until we pass the age of innocence. Love can also be used to direct our life in a wrong direction. Since obsession is closely related to love we cannot disregard its impact on one’s life; attracted to luxurious living, to a person or things. As love dictates, obsession can also lead to possession; love of money, power and influence, jealousy and pride. Obsession may lead someone to be possessive and may end someone to be greedy or heartless. Love that is good is from God.
When we no longer comply with household rules, become disrespectful, start arguments within the household, the age of innocence is getting to an end. The first thing that will come out is resistance to the old rule that the child is not a child anymore but old enough to be pushed around. This is the sign that our sin nature is driving our good nature out of the way. The happy days of being innocent is now slowly being overcome by our wicked nature taking advantage of those who are ignorant and lack of knowledge of the word of God. Christ saving grace erases the original sin and we are reconciled to God; but Sin will continue to try to darken our path to righteous living by making our thoughts busy with fleshly desire. Making an offer that is hard to resist.
The original sin which was totally weakened after the cross was absolutely not destroyed. It will lose its power to control our desire and yet our inclination to evil is still at hand and its presence can be felt and can start to move any time due to the damage to our freedom of will. Little sin remained within us but stagnant and if left unattended can start to grow and little by little will conquer every space available. If given the opportunity with persistence to challenge us and bring us to a spiritual battle of the mind, they will try to force their way in through lies, deceits and temptations so they may get in to the holy of holies where the Holy Spirit resides. The Holy Spirit can let them get closer but never they can get in.
Life is a journey where our human nature plays a big part. When we do good things we are happy about it and when we do bad things we regret it and that is how the Holy Spirit communicates with our souls to let us know. Why bad things happen to good people? This question has been around for years and years and the answer is the same over and over: “we are not good enough that bad thing not to happen” Paul said that we all sinned and short of the glory of God and added that the wages of sin is death which means separation from God. The same thing happened to Adam and Eve, when they fell to sin they were chased out of the Garden so as the angel that rebelled against God in heaven.
In the Garden of Eden where life begins, Adam and Eve lost their innocence due to sin of disobedience. Though God said that once they eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil they will die. The sin did not result for Adam and Eve to die which is what exactly the devil told Eve that they will not die. The devil did not understand what God said about the wages of sin is death. It doesn’t need to explain to the devil what exactly it really meant, thus they found themselves out of the garden and could not come back for God put an angel to guard the entrance. God who does not lie and faithful to His word never made His word easy to be understood by the devil’s itchy ears. Adam eventually died at the age of 930 years which fulfilled God’s word and God’s purpose.
When a baby comes out of the mother’s womb, we feel the joy while the baby cries to welcome the gift of life. As soon as the baby grows and learns what is left and what is right, the work of the sinful nature kicks in, the sin of disobedience as the first sin committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the only rule given by God. We must be aware that if we will let this simple sinful nature to manipulate our way of life at an early age, it will become habitual and the only way to encounter is to put a wall with the help of the Holy Spirit and let the child hear the word of God even without understanding it yet.
As parents that believe in the existence of God, we believe that what we reap is what we sow and at the early age of innocence we help our children grow knowing that God is great provider of our needs. When we seeded good things to them, time will definitely come and harvest of good and useful knowledge will produce understanding that great treasure is not of material or physical thing but spiritual. Love can be seen and unseen but the joy of being loved can be felt without even trying hard to find it, because it is already there born with you. Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart Jeremiah 1:5.
God will never give up on us and He will direct our path with the help of His Spirit before the sin grows much aggressively stronger and overwhelm our whole body. The Holy Spirit will provide all the protection and guidance, leave it to Him and He will take care of the rest. Our nature of being disobedient comes from a dead soul, the dust of the earth, whom God formed and gives life and becomes a living being. Adam’s only sin is his innocence of things to come which was taken advantage by the adversary of sin. No matter what bad things we do, God will never give up on us because we are too expensive just to let go. We are paid off by the blood of His precious Son, our 2nd and last Adam.
Imagine the world without disobedience, no quarrel, peace on every corner. What would it looks like if we do not experience to be lonely, to be sad, to struggle for possession, no need to fight for food to survive, all are the same level of existence, no ups no down, no illnesses, no weaknesses and no religion that kills. We won’t even know what love is. When life is not like a spinning wheel can we call it a life in heaven? There were almost a dozen resurrections in the Bible but no one came back and was able to describe how heaven looks like. How someone can describe hell is beyond me! At this point in time how would you know how hell looks like? Would you want to know? One time in our church gathering Hell was the topic. One member does not believe that there is hell and the other person who argued believes that there is hell. The truth is in the Old Testament hell was not mentioned. Many thought that Hades (Greek- place where righteous dead soul await Judgment Day) is hell and the counterpart of Hades in Hebrew is Sheol- refers to grave or the abode of the dead;(Psalms 88:3 Psalms 88:5). Even the bosom of Abraham many believe it is hell but it is not. It is a holding place for dead souls that await judgment (Hades). Back to the conversation between the two church members; one said that if you believe in hell, he said; you can have it and I do not want to be part of it and the one that believes in hell became speechless. Conversation ended that way.
It will be more fruitful to focus in appreciating the giver of life than arguing something which is beyond our comprehension. “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” Genesis 4:7 (NIV). Sin is all over our space and a little step can leave a big footstep. Whatever our senses receive we naturally get our attention; We inhale and we exhale, we perceive what we see, what we hear will not be left unnoticed, we feel what we touch, we swallow what is good and spit out that is not according to our taste. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”Ephesians 4:29(KJV).
God is so great that He knows everything, He is everywhere that He knows where we are, He is all powerful with infinite power and limitless strength and yet God gave this kind of life for us to experience what hell feels like before we can see what heaven looks like and what heaven feels like.. Why would we believe that our sin nature can still control our life when we have the authority not to allow it? The Son paid it off with his life for the forgiveness of sins? Was sin nature not included in the redemptive work of the Son Jesus? Was his victory only temporary only good for that period of time and not totally erased? When will we acknowledge that the sin of Adam and Eve has been paid off? When we already claimed that it ended on the cross when Jesus said “It’s finish” mission accomplish it it’s all taken care of.
Yes, the Bible teaches that we are all born with sinful nature and through the sacrificial life of the Lamb of God sin and death has been defeated, yet we are not taught by practicing scholars of the New Testament that sin can only be active if we allow it in the space that is only reserve for the work of the Holy Spirit. There are so many challenges that this world is being thrown to us daily by the enemy of our faith and by our self made fear that added to weakened our defense against outside force and bring stress that causes physical and mental disturbances and clouded our focus to the only giver of life. Our one true God is the only one that can provide with one true love and that love is our great defense.
God created many things and they are all good and not a single created being can ruin all these greatness. He allows sin to be in the garden because that is part of His plan and His will with a purpose. The Bible is God’s love letter to us and we know as we learn since its existence that from scribes that rewrite back in the 4th century during the reign off Emperor Constantine changes has been made and perversion is undeniably happened to this great, great love letter. When group of people started printing their own versions, opinions, translations and mistranslations of the Bible, confusions arose and people were divided. Though some versions have questionable transliterations, they still manage to survive. God allowed it to exist not to cause doubt but to make it livelier and may bring interest for seekers to dig deeper more deeper for the truth. Inherited sin is not found in the doctrine of Judaism so as in the Islam teachings. Many teach that Adam’s eating the forbidden fruit caused the descendants to inherit the sin. Some religion and some Christian denominations teach that sin causes death because of Adam but many Jewish scholars (Chazal) do not hold Adam responsible for the sins of humanity and based their teachings in Genesis 8-21 and Genesis 6:5-8.
Though Adam disobeyed God, he was recognized by God that he did not willfully sin. Being mortal is already a punishment to humanity as other religion claimed it, it might not be true and It could also be a way to easily interact with each other. “The dead knows nothing but the living knows that he is going to die.” Many fear death and are enough to be a lifetime punishment. We choose to sin than not to sin and this bring suffering to ourselves. The people of this earth should be in one accord to believe that humans are born free from sin. We should not even talk about sin but emphasize true love to everyone.
When we become born again, born of the Spirit of God the kingdom of God will be at hand (John 3:3). Born of the flesh is flesh and born of the spirit is a spirit but we choose to become sinners as we open our eyes to the desire of the lust? Paul wrote “Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God—Romans 8:8. And Paul added “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.” (Ephesians 2:1-3).
Because we are born with two natures; Flesh is born of flesh, but spirit is born of the Spirit but both are child of God— John 3:6. Humans produce life in human flesh, but it is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life— John 6:63. When we are born again, we become children of God through the reconciliatory work of Jesus Christ. “To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God; children born not of natural descent , but born of God” (John 1:12–13). The one that make sense is when Adam and Eve sinned; they opened up evil work to play in our space.
Yes, we are born with sinful nature but it doesn’t mean that we are sinners. We are cleansed with all unrighteousness after the cross and the reason we have the sinful nature is because we came from the dust (dead soul). As I may say it again we are born with sinful nature and Adam and Eve become only the instruments for humanity to exist and multiply. “Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people”–(Romans 5:12). Every one was affected by Adam’s sin before the cross and no exceptions. “One trespass resulted in condemnation for all people” Romans 5:18. Why do we have to share the condemnation just because of being children of Adam? The Bible is very clear that the sin of the father is not the sin of the son— Ezekiel 18:20
“What? You ask. ‘Doesn’t the child pay for the parent’s sins?’ No! For if the child does what is just and right and keeps my decrees, that child will surely live. The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness. But if wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my decrees and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die.” Ezekiel 18:19-21
I don’t disagree with the Scripture which indicates that children have a sin nature, as the scripture clearly states the two nature of the child of God. Jesus walk on this earth after all of these were written and some of the New Testament writers based many of their writings from the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible). If we will continue believing that we inherited the original sin from Adam we dishonor the sacrifice of the Son.
Why do we keep on sinning and die when the Son declared victory over sin and death? What does death means? Does it mean spiritual separation from God, and now alive and reconciled to God through the Son? Jesus Christ being fully man came into this world to give up his perfection for our imperfection. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Though we are responsible for our own sins, and must bear the punishment Jesus took our place instead. We are responsible for our own sins, Ezekiel said and we must bear the punishment. We cannot share our fault with another, nor can the other share their fault to us.
True Blessings comes in many ways from one true source and no one else besides Him: God
Blessed is he who acknowledges His existence.
Blessed are those who believe that the kingdom of God is here and their burden will be removed.
Blessed are those who accepted the truth of the word of God for they will belong to the kingdom of God. Blessed are those who are called and responded for you will continue to minister to the lost souls.
Blessed are those that are chosen for they will be blessings to others.
Blessed are the elect for they will bring enlightenment towards achieving the final journey of their souls.
Blessed are those who lack knowledge of the word of God but believe without much understanding will receive wisdom and spirit of discernment?
When we feel the warmth of being enlightened the Almighty Father allow His Spirit to co-exist with our spirit through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of the Mighty Son will join in celebration of the union of our spirit as partaker of the Holy Spirit the godhead in its Holy completion will form the Tri-unity. This is Gods fulfillments of His will that He wants us to be with Him. Amen
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All the way we lift up everything to you LORD and we say amen to heaven; the destination You prepared for us to live. How good it is to be loved by You