Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive
(1 Cor. 15:22).
If we sin because we are born sinners, should our sins be counted as sin?
At the beginning Adam was without blame, because he had no knowledge. As soon as he ate from the tree of knowledge, he becomes accountable. It seems that God noticed that Adam ate from the tree because Adam realized that he was naked.
Usually we call someone innocent when he hasn’t done anything wrong, but we call a child innocent when does not know what he is doing. When the child learns the difference between good and evil, then he is guilty of doing what he knows as wrong.
The Apostle Paul points in Romans 2:12-16
“12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.”
So, the law is written in the hearts even in the gentiles’ hearts. So, can then, we say that the knowledge of the law is transmitted to us since birth from our parents. It’s written in our hearts. But it’s not active until we become conscious.
It may be that the original sin rest in our evil hearts, that knowing good, it chooses evil.
- People choose to revenge instead of forgiving.
- People choose to envy instead of rejoicing with those who are celebrating their personal victories.
- People choose to sacrifice others rather than themselves.
- People choose to accumulate worth knowing that many don’t have enough.
- People choose to think higher of themselves.
Those are natural and self defensive instincts. When Jesus come to us, we come to the realization that
- Giving is more rewarding than receiving.
- We should forgive because our offenders do not know what they are doing,
- And The Lord forgave us first.
- It’s good to rejoice and be glad with those who celebrate.
- We do not need more food than what we can eat and more dress than what we can wear.
- What makes us do better than others is no more than the power of God, therefore, we should humble ourselves and think high of others regardless of the circumstances.
So our hearts are bad. One thing we can’t change, is our hearts. This is what we are.
To change our hearts, we need to die and be born again. We need to realize that our lives and beliefs are wrong. We need to give it up to Jesus and allow his words to mold us. To exchange our personal beliefs for the word of God.
We Need to feel the compassion that Jesus felt. We need a sensitive heart capable of great things for the sake of love. We need to gladly sacrifice to bring up the kingdom of God.
Remember, sin is not just what you do, but sin is manifested by the status of your heart. A pure heart does not sin because is full of love, is full of faith and is patient.
Only Jesus can transform our hearts by us believing and practicing his words.