Understanding the Biblical Concept of Original Sin and Personal Responsibility

We need to identify teachings which deny original sin and prevent us from honest repentance and the refreshment of forgiveness. A 1-minute devotion.

The Bible explains that mankind inherited a corrupt sin nature because of Adam's sin (Romans 5:12).
This is called the doctrine of original sin.

This means we aren't born "good" and ruined by our environment. We're born with a propensity to sin (Proverbs 22:15; Romans 3:10-12; 1 Corinthians 2:14). People and circumstances can tempt us to sin, but they don't force us to sin (1 Corinthians 10:13). 

Every sin is our choice:

"Each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin." James 1:14-15

Sadly, many popular "Christian" teachings encourage us to assign blame outside of ourselves. For example:

"Most rebellion is simply the result of unresolved brokenness..."(1)

"The majority of problems in society stem back to the lack of a father’s love and investment in a child’s life."(2)

"You do not act in inappropriate ways for no reason. You are often trying to meet some underlying need that your family of origin did not meet."(3)

These statements deny the doctrine of original sin and help us view ourselves as victims (1 John 1:8,10).

So let's reject these false teachings and experience the refreshment of God's forgiveness (1 John 1:9; Acts 3:19).

For more biblical insights into this subject, see Why Do We Suffer for Adam's Sin? and The One Reason People Sin. To read about a pertinent "good bad example" see Anatomy of an Insincere Repentance.

Quotes: The first 2 are from Mark DeJesus' "Christian" counseling site: (1) Rejection/Rebellion, (2) Father Wounds. The last quote comes from the Boundaries' "Christian" counseling site: (3) Family Dysfunction.


We need to identify teachings which deny original sin and prevent us from honest repentance and the refreshment of forgiveness. A 1-minute devotion.


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