Why Are We Born Sinners? A Bible Study

by Jack Wellman on June 9, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

Is it true that we are all born as sinners?  Why do we have to pay for the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden?  Are we sinners at birth?  What does the Bible say?

Born Sinners

How can we be born as sinners?  Aren’t babies innocent at birth like most believe?  Let’s not depend upon human wisdom or modern psychology for the answer.  If we are to know the truth we must read what the Bible says about whether we are born as sinners or not.  Consider these Scriptures:

Psalm 51:5 “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”

John 15:14 “What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous?

Aren’t babies innocent at birth like most believe?

Aren’t babies innocent at birth like most believe?

Psalm 58:3 “Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.”

Job 14:1-4 “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not. And do you open your eyes on such a one and bring me into judgment with you? Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one!

Ecclesiastes 7:20 “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”

Romans 5:14 “Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.”

Proverbs 22:15 “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.”

Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Can We Blame Adam and Eve?

It doesn’t seem fair that we are reaping what Adam and Eve sowed but the truth is that we would have done exactly the same thing as they did.  As the Scriptures truthfully say,just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned (Romans 5:12) “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).  From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is clear that each one of us is responsible for our own actions. We reap what we sow and we sow the death penalty by all rights.  You could take the most righteous man or woman of God you know and put them in the Garden and they would make the same decision that Adam and Eve did.  We can also not put all the blame on Eve because she was deceived.  Adam went into it with his eyes wide open.  He had no one to blame but himself.  So Adam and Eve are not responsible for our sins…we are!  We can not claim to be any better than they were or that we would not have made that decision to eat of the forbidden tree.  We have the advantage of having the Book of Genesis and knowing what happened and what would happen. They didn’t!  Was it Adam or Eve tapping you on the shoulder telling you to sin?  No!

Conclusion

I am sorry to disappoint you but the Bible declares that there is no human born of women, save Jesus Christ, that is born without a sinful nature.  Ephesians 2:3 says All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.”  Let us not deceive ourselves. If we were in the Garden, we would also have done what Adam and Eve had done.  We can not judge them forThere is no one righteous, not even one (Romans 3:10).  In fact, no one living is righteous before you(God)” (Psalm 143:2) andIf we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8) and in reality,there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God (Romans 3:11).

The bad news is that no one deserves eternal life in Christ yet God does not leave us alone in our sins. Here is why the gospel of Jesus Christ is called the “Good News.” It’s because God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21) andsince we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2).  That’s why the Good News is so good.  It’s because the bad news of our wickedness is true that the Good News is so very good.  Our God is good. He died to make a way for us and had the wrath that rightly deserved to be placed on us placed on Christ (Romans 5:9).  If you will only believe that God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).  If you have not repented of your sins, confessed them to God, and put your trust in Christ, you will pay for your own sins in eternity.  Someone will have to pay for your sins.  Will it be you or will it be Christ?  I pray it is the latter.

Take a look at this related article”

What is the ‘Sinful Nature’

Resources – New International Version Bible (NIV) THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. YouTube video “God is Good” by Don Moen



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vijaya bhaskar June 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

please send me the comments

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Jack Wellman June 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Hello Vijaya….what do you mean send you the comments. By mail or by email? Do you mean the comments by the readers who comment? Please help me understand what it is you need my friend.

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Joan Maynard June 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Well said Jack. It might seem unfair for a baby,- ‘fresh to this life’, not even capable of saying a word, only able to hold it’s mother’s finger – to be born a sinner but the bible is none the less true. Whether we accept it or not. God cannot lie. But provision was made for us through salvation and that is something to be grateful for.

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Jack Wellman June 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Thank you for your very kind words Mrs. Maynard. The good news is that the Godly Man-God, Jesus Christ, died for such as you and I. May He ever be praised for paying a debt He didn’t owe for a debt we couldn’t pay.

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judyellen June 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Thank you for helping us understand our sinful state of being and our need for a Savior!! In this day and age it seems that the word “sin” is seldom used and that really scares me!! We need someone like you Jack to keep our moral compass pointed in the right direction…towards our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!

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Jack Wellman June 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Judy, you are more than too kind to me. I was teaching out of Galatians for the last few weeks where the cross is mentioned more often than any other single book in all of the Bible (which I was not aware of at the time I started studying it). I am at a loss for words at times when I consider that Someone perfect would die for the imperfect.

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Kris June 16, 2013 at 4:13 am

Not sure if you will see this on this article…I chose to convey on what I thought might be the one most recent that you wrote…. but HAPPY FATHER’S DAY Jack….many of your articles convey a tender and kind heart which so many have not experienced from their father’s in this day and time …so as a ‘father to the fatherless’ I wanted you to know you extend a great “surrogate ‘ example of the Heavenly Father to those who have had so few examples!

Thank you and may your family be blessed with the awareness of the rare gem you are !

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Jack Wellman June 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Kris, what kindness you have shown me with your words…but truly, God is deserving of all glory and honor. I can only reflect what was given to me by His grace.

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Kris June 16, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Yes all glory and honor go to the Lord ….Still I appreciate the kind words you extend on here to even those who are disrespectful and unkind in their questions. AND I want to also say that I have read many of those who are married to men who are neglectful and unkind to their wives.

As you may have read on some of these articles where I felt my life lessons from my walk were perhaps of use…My own husband’s rejection of the Lord and ultimately me and his refusal to even learn how to love as a husband and father has been very painful.

Even after his discover he is gone on with his life still living by his own ideas of what is right and good.

I recall so many times hearing the saying ” A man loves his children well by way of loving his wife’ …or something to that effect.

As I watch how my husband seems quite content to ignore me and dismiss me and neglect me as he has done over our marriage for some 32 years I see how damaging this is in the hearts of our children.Despite my having always thought it was ‘FOR ” us that he was working so hard and was gone so much …I now know that it had little to do with work .

He continues now to spend whatever time he has on caring for anyone by attending to the children he had from adultery and sometimes he will take our daughters out.

Today as before he made a date with them. I feel this is a good thing for a father to do …to date his children.

My daughters are grown and still live with us as they have never dated and have been trusting the Lord for whatever their future may be in terms of a husband.

I see the pain in their eyes and they feel sorrowful when they ask am I going to come along …and they realize that their father has not invited me and often does not tell me what his plans are.

He has not made plans to spent time alone with me for many years….during the 14 years he was carrying on with the OW …he demonstrated plenty of awareness of the need to nurture a relationship and spent a great deal of time , energy, and effort as well as income on her.

It is not that he does not realize what he does hurts and damages …He says “I SHOULD NOT be hurt but realize that he is not going to ‘fake ‘ loving me ”

My daughter are continually being sad about what they see him do in his neglect , and attitude toward me because in homeschooling we spent considerable time learning about the way God designed the marriage and relationships to be in terms of order, priority and all other ways .

They KNOW what he does hurts me despite how I try to encourage them to enjoy the time despite this ..that it is not THEIR fault that he behaves this way.

He does not realize how he is damaging them . He scoffs at the information that as long as he is still denying me in all ways as a wife and refuses to enter into the relationship with me as a husband needs for …even for HIMSELF he will not find peace and satisfaction and is setting a poor and damaging example before not just our children but also the children of the OW that he is trying to engage to ‘help” them.

He is a proud and stubborn man . He claims he never meant to hurt me or our family all the time he was cheating! This to me is a lie …he KNEW it would be damaging as he and she went to a great deal of trouble to keep all of it hidden,.

Now he is ‘sorry’ but continues to do what hurts all of us. I think because he is doing things that normally would be pleasant and special he thinks that any pain that I suffer or his daughters suffer is unwarrented.

I think his attitude is what is causing so much pain in that our daughters hurt for me …they know his behavior is wrong .

He simply goes along making his life the way it pleases himself and denies anyone else ‘should’ be hurt by his choices!

I am very sad about this …I pray that he will wake up soon before he has even more of his life to regret.

Jack what do you say about this ..any comment to encourage ? how can people do such damage to those they claim to love and once being made aware of it and being ‘sorry ‘ then continue to do harm in such away ?

He has been given SO MANY opportunities to turn his ‘legacy” around and make the effort to use what he says he now knows was wrong into something at least to use to teach the children of the OW how wrong his choices have been.

HE only told them that their mother and he “hurt a lot of people” . They know he is married with a family but I do not think he has come clean to them in terms of all that was wrong about the way he and their mother decided to live despite the harm they did deliberately to all of us ..and even those children.

I know he did not want them to think they were a ‘lesser product’ so this is difficult .The natural fallen world has been very careful not to condemn adultery so children born out of wedlock have been labeled ‘Love child’ which is soft for the child who is not to be blamed…agreed…but many of those ‘love children’ grow up to commit sexual sin because they were not given proper knowledge or training in the ways sexual sin damage people.

When my husband tries to justify himself in a smug way he fails to realize our daughters can see right through him . THEY are people with minds….How many people think of their children as some kind of ‘toy’ ….I think that he and his adulteress saw how well our children were turning out through the means of their learning the ways of GOD through His Word and homeschooling and thought parenting was a snap!

Now they are finding out it takes a lot more than a sperm and an egg to make a parent out of someone .

The way he treats me hurts our daughters….And the way he goes about dealing with the other children …continuing to exclude me from his life …hurts all of us …except he seems quite happy with how he does things.

I pray for those who are dealing with these kinds of spouses…mostly men who do not want to be told how their discontent with their wives as little to do with their wives and a LOT to do with the men not wanting to learn anything from GOD about the blessings they are destroying by their own attitudes and behavior

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge is very true indeed.

SO when I say I appreciate the way you are addressing those on these articles I think I may be somewhat ‘qualified’ to identify a man who is endeavoring to follow the Lord in spirit and in truth .I think it does merit gratitude and thanksgiving to GOD and to acknowledge it when I see it in someone …for it has been a rare thing in my walk …Thank you..It is encouraging …

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Jack Wellman June 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Kris, you are so kind my friend. I am so sorry for your heartache my friend. How amazing that you endure such grief, yet stay so humble and godly of a woman and mother. You show such strong evidence of the Holy Spirit.

As for your questions…”how can people do such damage to those they claim to love and once being made aware of it and being ‘sorry ‘ then continue to do harm in such away?”…..I can not even answer that. You can not fool children and yes, the facts of father’s being involved, especially with their daughters, like I pray I have with my near-grown princess, does relate to their having to fill a physical need from having a lack of it from their fathers. How sad for this man. He will have so many regrets when he gets older and the children grow up.

I feel sorry for him perhaps more than you for I am sure he is not really happy because he is trying to satisfy himself with pleasure probably from the emptiness that the Holy Spirit’s absence leaves.

What can you say about such men doing such great harm and then crying “crocodile tears?” Not much. Just think of your and your children’s future with Christ and the joy of eternal fellowship. I will pray for your husband’s heart to be softened to see his sin, to see the need to repent, to see his need for a Savior and that we can join together for God can change even the hardest human heart (Prov 21:1). Just look at Saul. I pray that he might be changed and receive eternal life in Christ.

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Kris June 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Thank you Jack for your reply . Just getting a response on this causes my aching heart to feel ‘heard’ ! This means so much to me and I know others suffer from this kind of neglect …we become so needy of simply being validated …it is humbling indeed.

My daughters ARE grown …but the girl from the adultery is now a approaching 14 and without being led to learn the truth she is adrift in the ‘soup’ of her mother’s atheistic and feminist dogma and my husband pretty much feels he has no voice at this point. I guess as you say we must continue to pray for these which I do ..even the OW which does not make me a ‘strong ‘ believer so much as I think when you pray for your enemies there is a chance they may become part of the solution instead of the problem!

Anyway …I am now past 65 …the OW just turned 49 …time is going by and change will most likely be a great act of GOD since these have known and heard the testimony and have disregarded all since but we do not know the future and GOD is indeed longsuffering …so as we must ‘count it all joy’ we have our own task at hand don’t we.

I am thankful that you are willing to pray for this since I am aware that you have many who ask for your prayers …maybe put us on your church prayer requests that way the burden will be shared! I appreciate how you seem to be everywhere at once ..answering these posts so diligently and kindly with wisdom that I notice is from the scriptures in spirit and in truth !

I am going to presume that your reference to “Saul’ is to Paul the Apostle and not King Saul! Hahaha…although I suppose we might have to wait and see ….

I love the way your site is continuing to engage all with loving kindness and truth ..keep up the walk in Him from whom all things are supplied according to His riches in glory!

Psa 138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

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Jack Wellman June 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Amen…I should have clarified that Saul became Paul by an everloving act of God’s great kindness. As long as we draw breath, your hubby included, there is hope for as long as we live, yet there is still hope.

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Kris June 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Hahaha….good one Jack ….my you are RIGHT ON the computer now aren’t you …pretty soon you need to get off the computer and enjoy your Father’s Day gala!

Anyway …yes…I remind my husband when he is prone to feel sorry for himself that if he was ‘done’ he would not still be here and that GOD has been so merciful that he did not allow him to DIE in his OW bed!

The grace of GOD is so unfathonmable to me. I am guessing that this is is yet another ‘assignment ‘ for me to grow ..stretching me by way of experiencing the broken heart our Savior had to endure as we as a world turned away from all He had offered us .

Though sometimes the sorrow seems unbearable it is a small portion of what HE endured for our sake ..so I just have to buck up and deal with it …and surrender to the plans of the Lord going forward….

I think it is so difficult probably because as we go on in the walk our path gets ‘pruned’ and narrowed…and we become in a ‘strait’ where we have to go forward ..thankfully because the diversity of ‘ways ‘ are dangerous ..so thank God for his restrictions upon our choices …it is merciful if not all that pleasant!

Guess I was spoiled! Each new lesson seems a bit more ‘weighty’ to me …perhaps when I get to the point where they are not felt so much I will have grown more faith and strength? I wish sorrows were not so much the methods of our ‘personal trainer’ yet it seems to be so .

I am rejoicing in your demonstration of how to answer people with wisdom and kindness but not distorting truth…a precious thing to see.

Now GO HAVE FUN with your family dear Jack !!!

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arun July 1, 2013 at 12:55 am

I am a scientist, hence need a logical answer to the question, why some are born rich and why some are born poor, if all of us are sinners we should have the same punishment. If we have committed a sin before we are born, that means to say we existed before we were born right?

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Jack Wellman July 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

Thank you for your question my friend. No, we did not exist before we were born for that would be impossible Arun. There are differing degrees of punishment in hell and so some who are more sinful will receive a greater degree of punishment.

God does not tell us why some are born right and others are not but God is sovereign and we must trust in Him, no matter what state others or we are born into.

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kris July 1, 2013 at 4:39 am

The consequence of Adam’s disobedience was death to the flesh . He was sent out of the Garden before he could eat of the tree of life and thus live forever in a state of condemnation.

All born from Adam and Eve are born IN this condition , dead and in trespasses and sin. It is a condition where we are vulnerable and prone to sin.

This sin is ‘the transgression of the law’.

We do not ‘pre exist’

The CONSEQUENCE of Adam’s disobedience …aka sin is death. ALL flesh dies.

The soul is ‘translatable’ and eternal …thus by way of receiving the gift of salvation made available by way of Jesus Christ ‘s sinless life, death and resurrection we enter into HIS LIFE and it is HIS LIFE which is eternal that is ours when we do so .

Faith comes by way of hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

Man has consequences for sin in this ultimate death of the flesh.

Jesus Christ paid for the sins of the world but the offer of salvation must be received by individuals .

What ‘punishment’ do you refer to?

No one ‘committed’ sin before being born.

Once born we are accountable for either receiving or rejecting the salvation that GOD has made available because HE does not want anyone to perish.

God said that if we will seek Him with our whole heart we will find Him. That is we will be equipped with the knowledge we need to receive salvation.

Those who choose to receive this gift from God offered to ‘whomsoever’ will …then are not ‘punished’ and they then learn to walk in truth and to avoid obeying the ‘law of sin and death’

This has nothing to do with being born ‘rich’ or ‘poor’.

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judyellen July 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I am revisiting this very relevant and much needed article Jack and just wanted to say that I am glad you wrote another article entitled! “Do babies go to heaven” I hope I quoted that title correctly!! According to the Bible babies who are not capable of understanding their sinful nature and their need for a Savior do go to Heaven if they should die. In other words, before a toddler reaches the “age of accountability” and should they die they automatically go to heaven. Of course only God knows when that age of accountability is reached. Your article “Do babies go to Heaven” helps take the fear out of our belief system that states we are sinners right from birth. I know of many who have rejected Christ because they feel that saying we are sinners right from birth is unfair to the infant. Thanks for being there for all of us!! Thank you for always upholding the truth of the Gospel even in this very permissive age we live in where the word sin is unheard of!! Your ministry is a greater blessing then you will ever realize!!

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Jack Wellman July 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Judy, I so appreciate you my good friend. I thank God that there are encouragers out there for I get my fair share of criticism…from other Christians….but that is not you! Thank you and I thank God for you.

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