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The Sin in the Bible section has been hi-jacked with the theological views of a particular religion. Could other editors please bring this section back into a more broad concensus-based and sourced presentation?--Jeffro77 (talk) 12:48, 27 September 2011 (UTC)
- What religion would that be? I too notice a few things that I am not sure about in the section. For example, the "Original Sin" subsection only cites the Bible but no real secondary source. Wouldn't that be WP:NOR? The same is true for the vast majority of the section. Fordx12 (talk) 23:32, 17 November 2012 (UTC)
- Not sure it's too hijacked. Some of this is probably common to all of Christianity, but in the meantime dumping these verses here. Seems a format/OR disaster.
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It is the condition in which all humans are born alienated from God as a result of disobedience, of his first command not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and thus sentenced to death (Genesis 2:16-17). In this condition they fail to measure up to God's standards, and unable to reflect his qualities, or they “Fall Short” of God’s Glory. (Romans 3:23) Created in God’s image, but unable to reflect his qualities Humans eventually die. (James 1:15)
(Romans 5:12) says that Sin is a condition that is passed on from parents to their children and is thus inherited, causing eventual death for the human who is "Born into Sin". See also- (Romans 6:23).
This condition also has, according to (Romans 5:12), a one hundred percent infection rate, with the exception of Jesus Christ, who was born and was killed with no Sin (Hebrews 4:15) so as to pay back what was lost (Deuteronomy 19:21) with Adam, a Sinless Human life for a Sinless Human life. (1 Corinthians 15:22, 45)
The connection of Death and Sin is first seen in the Bible at (Genesis 2:17) where God said that Sinning, or disobeying his commandment, would result in death for the otherwise immortal humans, Adam and Eve. Eve bore no children prior to becoming Sinful, so all of their offspring were born with Sin in their bodies and they would die. See also- (Romans 7:15-23).
The "dying process" so-to-speak took much longer for those closer to the original state of being clean of Sin, with humans prior to the flood of Noah's day living as old as 900 plus years (Genesis 5:14). A good example of this can be seen in Adams death at 930 years at (Genesis 5:5), or Noah’s at 950 years at (Genesis 9:29). As the narrative in the Bible continues, the "dying process" of Sin shortens the length of life in humans until it is stated in (Psalms 90:10) that, "The length of our days is seventy years--or eighty, if we have the strength".
The inherited aspect of Sin (Romans 5:12) is linked directly to the willful acts of Sinning (James 1:14-15). The Book of Genesis states that Humans born into sin before and after the flood had Hearts that were inclined towards "Evil" from their youth up (8:21&src=NIV Genesis 6:5; 8:21). Jesus confirmed this by saying that it is not what goes into a person’s mouth that makes him sinful, but that which comes up out of their mouth from within their 'Heart'. See also- (Romans 7:15-23).
(Jeremiah 17:9) says of the Human heart, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it?"
The book of James gives a detailed description of this process of the act of Sinning and Death:
(James 1:13) When under trial let no one say: “I am being tried by God." For with evil things God cannot be tried nor does he try anyone.
(James 1:14) but each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his OWN desire,
(James 1:15) Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to Sin; in turn, Sin, when it becomes accomplished brings forth death.
The ultimate removal of this condition from the human race is said to occur when The Kingdom of God comes (Daniel 2:44) and rules alone, with no contemporary kingdoms. Then, it is said, that death will be removed. (1 Corinthians 15:26)
Centrality of sin
I disagree that sin is central to Christianity. If anything is central, it's love. Christ, God, the New Testament, or the Good News could be considered central; religion, or the religion of the Christian community, could be considered central; but sin is decidedly not the main focus of Christianity, nor of the teachings of Jesus. Most of the theology of sin comes not from the words of Jesus (the red letters in some bibles), but from the Epistle to the Romans, important to our understanding of justification, salvation, redemption, atonement, etc., but "central" isn't the right word to describe sins, sinning, sinfulness, and the role of sin, in moral theology, much less in Christianity writ large. Such an emphasis suggests that the main concern of Christians is to avoid damnation, a rather ugly connotation, in my personal opinion. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 07:15, 19 May 2014 (UTC)