Are we born with a sin nature; or do we learn to sin as we grow up?

The question of original sin produces fodder for some of the most intense theologicaltrue identity in Christ arguments and discussions among people who call themselves Christians and authentic believers. Some folks believe everyone is born as pure as the driven snow, then learns to sin from their environment, their family and their experiences. In other words, sin is superficial, born of the external, with no spiritual connection.

“How can a babe in a cradle be sinful?” they pose. “Surely a baby doesn’t have the capacity to sin.” As a helpless child, no, of course not. But God’s word says that since all mankind are descendants of Adam, mankind was born with his nature.

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world
(into every human who has ever been born--my note) and
death through sin, and so
death spread to all men, because
all sinned” 
Romans 5:8

In my view many who don’t believe in original sin, fail to search for God’s word on it. Instead, it seems to me that they choose to rely on their own beliefs, reasoning, or worse, what some preacher teaches. Not God’s word.

I don’t believe you can pluck a few verses out of the Bible on any subject and arrive at God’s truth. I can extract a hand full of verses that validate being born in original sin.

“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother
conceived me.
” (Psalm 51:5) NASB

Surely I was sinful at birthsinful from the time my
mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5 NIV

Behold, I was shapen (born) in iniquity; and in sin did my
mother conceive me
. Psalm 51:5 KJV

For I was guilty from the day I was born, a sinner from the
time my mother became pregnant with me.
Psalm 51:5 The Voice

But, those verses, help validate for me that we were all born with Adam’s sin nature, since every human descended from Adam. When we accepted Christ, as the Bible says, that sinful nature of ours died on the cross with Christ as well. We became born again with a new incorruptible spirit to live forever with Almighty God in His kingdom.

As far as I’m concerned, there’s no room for any speculation or feelings or opinions or human reasoning about any beliefs other than the way we were born in sin. And rescued from damnation and born again into an eternal life as unconditionally loved children of God.


About Steven Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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