by Jerral Kay
Catholics and Protestants teach that God creates sinners. They say that all babies are born totally depraved, wicked from birth. The Bible does not teach this. Jesus was born totally human, coming from a sinful mother, and according to their doctrine, all humans inherit sin from Adam. Jesus and us trace our lineage back to Adam (Luke 3:38). Christians read the Bible and teach that all are born innocent and sinless (Matthew 10:13-15; Romans 7:8-9).
What does the Holy Spirit teach concerning being born with the sins of our parents?
- Deuteronomy 24:16 – “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin."
- Ezekiel 18:20 – "The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”
Isn’t this simple and plain truth? When a father misleads his family, the effects of that misleading are often felt for generations. This is because the father’s unfaithfulness to God’s covenant may lead his children into the consequences of breaking their covenant with God. If a father rejects the covenant of God he will set a sinful example before his children, and they could follow Him with the same consequences for several generations (Ephesians 6:1-4). Whether or not this is fair is not the issue. Sin is in the world; consequences of sin affected many generations. But one thing is certain – children do not inherit sin from Adam nor their parents.
The Bible says man is tempted and seduced by his own lusts; sin originates acting on one or more lusts (James 1:13-16; I John 2:15-17). All are born with free-will and sin comes forth by the evil choice of the one being tempted. Each individual becomes a sinner when he breaks God's law (I John 3:4). People become servants of sin because they present themselves as servants of sin (Romans 6:16-19).
There is no denying these truths from God. Why would anyone believe that all are born with sin? They must believe what man teaches them, as the Bible never says children are born sinners or with sin. The devil added one word in telling Eve what God commanded of her, and the devil continues to change one word to deceive. In Psalms 51:5, Satan and his ministers change the word “in” to "with." This verse does not say that King David was born with sin (possession of), but David said he was born in (surrounded by) a world of sin (Psalms 139:13-16;). Christians do not accuse their God of creating them totally depraved with a sinful nature. Listen -- If God creates babies with sin, it is God’s fault they are sinners. I will not accuse my God of that (Matthew 19:13-15). We, being free-willed, make the decision to choose righteousness or sin (Joshua 24:15).
If one tries to convince you that you were born totally depraved and void of doing good, you will know he is a false teacher. Jesus came to seek the lost, not infants who are safe in the care of Jesus (Matthew 18:1-5).