Why Are We Born Sinners? A Bible Study

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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!


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’

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vijaya bhaskar June 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

please send me the comments


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.


Daniel November 25, 2018 at 10:45 pm

Your conclusion that “you would have done exactly the same thing as Adam and Eve” doesn’t stand to reason unless A: we were put in the garden with our current sin nature, which is derived from Adam and Eve (hence your argument is circular in its reasoning), or B: Adam and Eve were created in such a state that they were only able to choose sin, and God would have created us in the exact same condition.


Paul December 25, 2019 at 4:17 pm

I am currently struggling with this ‘truth’ because, with your approach, it’s really a LIE to tell people that Jesus’ death on the Cross for them is “good” news. How on Earth is it GOOD news to be informed that you are “a wretched sinner destined for eternal torment in the Lake of Fire” because “you were BORN a sinner and DESERVE to DIE IN HELL”? No matter how much you write, i find it difficult to believe your weak responses and find them shallow and unfruitful. I am not denying Christ nor am i denying that i am a sinner. HOWEVER i think telling unbelievers that this horrible news is “good” news is just a cop out; and every Christian who ignorantly and naively rationalises his “sharing the good news” with this type of approach, deserves the wrath and hateful anger of those he or she approaches!


Jack Wellman December 25, 2019 at 4:21 pm

It is good news because we don’t have to go to hell since Jesus suffered and died for our sakes. It would be bad news if Jesus hadn’t died for our sins because you would have to die for your own, forever. You apparently do not understand or accept the good news as good but I percieve a root of bitterness in you so I pray you repent of your anger against God and Jesus and the cross and don’t try to witness to anyone since you would do more harm than good since you don’t even know what the gospel is. You are raging against God and His plan in the Bible, so your anger is at God and I pray you repent of this before the Day of Judgment comes for you. You are so lost right now.


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.


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.


Alvis October 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

Well friends, I have to disagree with your thoughts on a newborn baby. God said that he made man (mankind) upright. Do you know what that means spiritually? Adam and his companion were created upright, which is a state of purity (no sin). Do you believe that God ONLY made Adam and his companion upright? Have you ever wondered about the two fruit trees in the Garden? Why did God say, “unless they should go and take of the tree of Life and live forever”? What is the Tree of Life today? If you say that we would do the same thing as Adam and Eve did in the Garden, then you’re saying God created us as sinners. The two people in the Garden disobeyed the commandment of God. When did any of you disobey the commandment of God in your life? And in disobeying the commandment, what was your final destiny? Does anyone know from scripture whether Adam or Eve ever repented and confessed their sin against God? How is it that their first two children one was evil and the other pure, righteous before God? Where did Abel get his instruction to do what pleases God? Many professing Christians have a problem with determining what is different about a transgression and sin. I can tell you, they’re both related. And what about iniquity? Transgressions, iniquities and sins all in that order. No one knows just where Adam was when Eve pertook of the forbidden fruit. I say that IF Adam would have been right beside her, he would have objected to take of the fruit. The Bible says that Eve was in the transgression,(not Adam). Do you know what that assertains? There is so much overlooked in the bible and how many people will admit that there are grammatical errors contained in the Holy Scriptures, that were placed there by all the different translators. Here is a very clear example: in a scripture it says that there was a man with a “unclean devil”. Does not this indicate that there is a “clean devil”? What the scripture needed to be correctly said was a man with a “unclean spirit”. I know that in Romans 3:28, KJV. that it says, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”. Then that means that Enoch and the whirlwind man were taken up to Heaven as sinners? No, my friends, the Old Testament declares for mankind to be holy as He is holy, and you cannot be holy and have sin in your soul. That is one of the great deceptions of today, that Christians still practice sin after conversion. Getting back to newborn babies, they are not created (God’s perpectual motion in place by birthing)as sinners. Sin is the final result from a transgression and a iniquity. Anyone with a sound mind should know that babies cannot speak as soon as they depart the womb and therefore since a baby can’t speak he isn’t telling lies. Was the baby Je’sus born as a sinner? Of course not but He was born of a woman just like Moses was. Was Je’sus conceived in sin of His mother? She was just like all other women except that she had never known a man by intercourse ( a virgin). No, while this comment could go on and on, I believe we are born upright. I cannot explain why we have the attributes of a nature that some or many call selfishness. Did Adam and Eve have this attribute, no one knows. Was Adam and Eve created with a sin nature? They did choose to go against the commandment and sinned as a result. If a baby is born a sinner who is to account for his sin or sins if that baby dies at two months of age as an example? Surely you don’t believe that that little baby will have to account for his or her sin? No, God creates us upright and if we are brought up the Bible way we should go, we would likely not sin. But no, most agree that we all WILL sin after we come to the age of knowing Gods law in spite of it all. Why is that? Why will we sin so easily while growing up under Godly parents? Does the devil have more power over you than God? These are unanswered questions, some that we will never know until they are revealed to us by God himself..


Jack Wellman October 14, 2017 at 10:31 am

Hello Alvis. Adam and Eve were created as sinless creatures and they were not sinful to begin with but they made a choice to disobey and as the Bible teaches, from that point on, all have been born into sin. The devil doesn’t have more power than God over us? We know He uses Satan’s evil to do good (i.e. John 3:16). We are conceived in sin as the Bible says, so I must disagree with much of what you said sir because the Bible is the standard of what I believe. No one is born upright. There is not one BIble verse to show this anywhere.


Alex Murray May 4, 2019 at 7:32 pm

“Here is what I have found,” says the Preacher,
“Adding one thing to the other to find out the reason,
Which my soul still seeks but I cannot find:
One man among a thousand I have found,
But a woman among all these I have not found.
Truly, this only I have found:
That God made man upright,
But they have sought out many schemes.”
Ecclesiastes 7:27-29


Jack Wellman May 4, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Hello Alex, and yes, God made man upright, but it didn’t last long since Adam and Eve were both kicked out of the Garden, so all have sinned, and we are steeped in sin at birth, so says the psalmist. If you don’t think you’re a sinner, then I feel sad for you because Jesus came to die for sinners, one of which am I. Solomon referred to mankind before the fall. Please read these as you are offbase: Eccl 7:20; 1 Kings 8:46; 2 Chron 6:36; Job 15:14; Psalm 143:12; Prov 20:9; Rom 3:23, and many more. You are taking a text out of context to create a false pretext. I suggest you study these other verses.

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!!


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.


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 !


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.


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 …


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.


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.


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.


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 !!!


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?


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.


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’.


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!!


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.


Marinechamp October 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I am a children’s Christian magician and am working on a presentation that has to do with sin. I’ve always been taught and believed that we are born sinners. That contradicts the act I am currently working on. I’ve read your article and the replies but I’m still not clear on your position about this. Hypothetically speaking let’s say a baby is born and raised in the jungles of Africa. Before he reaches the age of accountability he is abandoned by his parents and left to live on his own….much like the Jungle Book. In God’s eyes he reaches the age of accountability and dies one day later, never committing a sin. Is he going to heaven or hell?
I know this sounds outlandish but just trying to get your point of view.
The reason I believe Jesus was not born a sinner is because he was not conceived of humans. Mary was impregnated by God. I do not believe Joseph’s sperm or Mary’s egg was used.
Thank you for your point of view on this.


Jack Wellman October 16, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Thank you Marinechamp. There is none that do not sin, no not one, says the Bible. None seek after God and all humans sin. It is not possible that someone, even if left alone, would be in the jungles and at the age of accountability, and no one knows what that age is, would still sin, even in their mind. None go to heaven unless they are perfect. The innocent person in the jungle who never heard of Christ and never sinned would go to heaven but the problem is, they do not nor can they ever exist. I am not sure about hypothetical possibilities but I must stand on what the Bible says. I wish I was more help to you my friend.


Marinechamp October 17, 2014 at 8:36 am

Thanks Jack
I still don’t know the answer to my question though. When we are born do you believe we are a sinner at that point or do we have to commit our first sin before we are considered a sinner. I understand that we are destined to sin and need Jesus who paid for that sin. Are we born with one sin tick mark because of Adam and Eve or are we perfect until our first sin. I’ve read many many articles on people asking this question and no one has given a simple yes or no answer. Thank you again for trying to help me understand this question.


Jack Wellman October 17, 2014 at 9:10 am

Thank you again my friend for your question. We are accountable for our own sins, not for Adam and Eve’s fall. Who among us can say we are without sin (1 John 1:8, 10). I believe if we were in Adam and Eve’s place, we would have done the same thing. Since we know that Jesus is called the Lamb of God Who was slain before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8) God knew in advance Adam and Eve would sin and so would we. None are perfect. We don’t have to teach a young child to sin…they naturally do so. Your children’s ministry should state this as fact because it says so in the Bible. 1 John 1:8. 10 says “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” but we should also tell them that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). I know this is hard to understand.


Marinechamp October 17, 2014 at 8:42 am

And please don’t think I’m being difficult or trying to cause controversy. It just makes a difference in how I perform my children’s ministry magic show coming up soon. Hope you understand.


Marinechamp October 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

Thanks for your reply. I do understand everything you are saying and I believe it is true but still looking for a simple answer to this question. Are we born sinners or are we born sinless but destined to sin? Not sure why no one is able to or can’t answer this question. Is this question just not clear in the bible or not answered? I know we will all sin. I know all the scriptures you are referring to. But I’m still confused to the actual question….are we born sinners. Thanks again.


Jack Wellman October 17, 2014 at 10:27 am

You asked “are we born sinners” and the Bible says “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51:5). Job 15:14 “What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous?” Psalm 58:3 “Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.” Psalm 58:3 “The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.” There are many, many more Bible verses that show that we are born into sin or born sinners. That is the Word of God saying that, not me. Sorry its hard to understand but I must rely on what God says and dozens of Scriptures clearly show that we are born sinners.


Marinechamp October 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

That answers my question. I will use many of these scriptures in my presentation. I read this post after my last post. Thanks again.


Marinechamp October 17, 2014 at 10:51 am

I have been saved for almost 40 and very involved in church. I’ve always believed we were born sinners but in the past few years I’ve met many who believe we are clean and sinless at birth. Obviously either belief is not what’s important. Either way we are all going to sin eventually and all need Christ who paid that sin. Just trying to get your perspective on the topic. I love the message you preach and teach and am going to sign up for your newsletter. Thank you for your online ministry. I’m sure you are making a huge difference in many people’s lives around the world. I will leave you alone about this topic now…lol…God Bless


Jack Wellman October 17, 2014 at 8:23 pm

My friend…I appreciate so much your very kind words. I get most of my persecution from others who claim to be Christians so your encouragement means a lot sir.


Marinechamp October 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Thanks Jack
Just to let you know the Issue I was struggling with. The magic trick I ordered has to do with sin. It has 2 clear glasses of water. One glass is described to be like a new born baby. Clear and clean of sin. Then it describes how we eventually sin (at this time I pour the other glass of water into the one that describes a clean baby and it turns scarlet). The magician then says “after we sin our sins are now like scarlet (Isaiah 1:18) and we are now sinners and we need Jesus in order to go to heaven. Just struggling how to re-word this to indicate to children that we are already sinners when we enter this world. Any suggestions? Thanks


Jack Wellman October 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

My good friend and brother in Christ, I am so pleased you are working with these children. I wrote a book called “Teaching Children the Gospel” and here is a free read for you at: http://www.freado.com/book/18970/teaching-children-the-gospel-how-to-raise-godly-children I have this in a very inexpensive eBook and in paperback too on Amazon. Thanks brother. This might give you a better idea on how to share the gospel with children. Here is why it must be shared in a different manner with children:

A young boy stood in the kitchen with a knife pointed at his chest. His mother came in and screamed, “What are you doing?!” The boy said, I’m going to let Jesus come into my heart. The obvious lesson is that children take things literally and are concrete thinkers. The way to share Jesus with young children is far different that than of adults. Also includes how to raise godly children, talk to them about sex, the best parenting style, and how to be saved by repentance and trust in Christ. It’s not forcing them, but telling them about salvation and then letting them work things out for themselves. A great book for Sunday school teachers, parents, & pastors on how to share the gospel and how to raise godly children using the Bible as a guide in the latest volume five.


Marinechamp January 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm

Well. I performed my magic show for children’s church today. It went very well I think. You really helped me understand a few things I was struggling with. Thanks and the video is below.



Jack Wellman January 11, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Wow…that’s very encouraging Mel. Thank you so much. I’m going to try and watch this presentation soon.


david March 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm

That means that all babys that die are not going to heaven. because they are born with sin. Right?


Jack Wellman March 22, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Thank you David for your question. Here is the answer from, I hope, a biblical standard at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/where-do-babies-go-if-they-die-do-they-go-to-heaven-or-hell/


DocReits June 15, 2015 at 12:17 pm

Hi Jack,

I was reviewing this discussion and just wanted to add one thought. I was raised Roman Catholic so it will show here. Mel’s question above was, ‘are children born without sin’?. He was seeking to know if the baby had sinned already in the womb and if that was the cause of the child’s condemnation.

The answer, in my opinion, is not whether the child had sinned, but the answer lies in the nature of the child’s soul when conceived. Scripture tells us that we are “all” in Adam. What does that mean? It means that we all have inherited his nature(“Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life”(1 Cor 15:22)

Here is further evidence of this “nature” we received, “Therefore, in the manner which sin entered into the world by one man(Adam), and because of sin, death; and so death passed upon all men in the one in whom all sinned”(Rom 5:12).

It is not that the baby in the womb sins, but that the baby has an evil nature inherited from Adam, “So, because of our nature, we deserved God’s anger just like everyone else”(Eph 2:3b).

This nature we are conceived with is damned from conception, because we are Adam’s children, not because we have yet committed sin…it is because our nature, from conception, is at enmity with God(“For the sinful nature is always hostile to God” Rom 8:7)

It is God’s Grace which allows children access to heaven, when physical death occurs before the age of accountability. It is not merited, just as we are never worthy, as I have discussed at length with another contributor on this site.

Jesus is the only Worthy One, and it is through faith in Him that we receive a new nature, and are “born again”. The second birth, through repentance and faith in Him, is necessary for all of Adam’s children who are called to inherit eternal life.



Jack Wellman June 15, 2015 at 12:28 pm

yes, as 1 Cor 15:22 (?) says “as in Adam all die but so also in Christ shall all be made alive” for those who have repented, turned away, and forsake their sins and then placed their trust in Christ. Yes, I do believe God will not hold someone accountable for something that they cannot understand…as for the rest of adult humanity…they and we, are without excuse.


Aaron French August 4, 2015 at 4:24 am

And I meant did God reveal Himself to us AT BIRTH letting us know what SIN IS or at the moment we were able to COMPREHEND.


Aaron French August 4, 2015 at 4:52 am

I’m still going on this cause it’s something that I think no one dares to come to God with. Is it fair that we have to fight a sinful nature DAILY, DIE DAILY, PICK UP OUR CROSS DAILY, yet we had no choice in the matter INDIVIDUALLY to actually BE SINNERS? We just ARE, deal with it, right? I didn’t choose it. I didn’t sit in my mother’s womb saying ” Yea I think I’ll take this sinful nature “. That is NOT what happened. It was revealed to me later in life that I was CREATED FLAWED at the HANDS of TWO INDIVIDUALS and now I must feel sorry for abiding in that. My biggest argument is repentance cause yes I understand that we must repent, but I’ve been exposed to the reality of what true REPENTANCE is. It’s not just the turning away from sin, but it’s to actually feel SORROWFUL about it. Had I known that I was PURE, like Adam and Eve was, and THEN SINNED, then YES, I’d feel sorrowful. But the reality is, I WAS BORN THIS WAY, how am I to feel sorrowful about that? It’s who I am, it’s who WE ARE, SINNERS. We didn’t choose it. On the MERIT that it’s inevitable that WE WILL SIN due to this SINFUL NATURE, basically God is asking us to feel sorrowful about ourselves. NEWS FLASH, I didn’t even CREATE MYSELF. So you mean to tell me that day in and day out I have to feel gloom about something I didn’t even DO or CREATE? I seriously need understanding on this cause I for one WOULD LOVE to be in HEAVEN with GOD, but I need some understanding on THIS cause this here is VERY CRITICAL to my Walk with Him. It’s literally a life or death situation in my case. I’m a sinner cause I have a SINFUL NATURE. It’s just what I do..what we DO, it’s in OUR NATURE. A lion kills to eat cause it’s in HIS NATURE, is a LION to feel sorrowful being a LION? Am I to feel sorrowful cause I was born in a CURSE? Is every woman on earth to feel sorrowful because they experience pain in CHILD BIRTH? What woman in their right mind would CHOOSE to undergo PAIN during CHILD BIRTH? That isn’t the result of that woman’s CHOICE, it’s the result of EVE’s CHOICE. But now…a woman can be born GENERATIONS LATER, function in a way that she deems NORMAL, all of a sudden get the revelation that she’s a sinner based on certain rules and guidelines that was instituted by God. And to know that ON TOP OF THAT…it’s because she has a SINFUL NATURE, wouldn’t that make a person PAUSE for a minute?? Like wait a minute, so you mean to tell me, that I wasn’t born like JESUS, I was born WITH A NATURE TO SIN? and now I’m being told to REPENT OF that which is MY NATURE? to feel sorry for that…to feel sorrow for that..when I didn’t even CHOOSE IT. I’m sounding repetitive so I’ll end with this. Any CHRISITIAN who REALLY DEALS with God on a real level, will question this and SCRIPTURE doesn’t explain it. Every scripture that points to the fact that every human is sinful, that no one is righteous, is a DEFAULT RESULT, of what Adam and EVE did, not ANYONE who was born AFTER them.


Roberto May 5, 2016 at 7:24 pm

What about these scriptures:

For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
1 Corinthians 7:14

But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Luke 18:16-17

I’m of the belief that we are by nature sinful but our God has mercy to the ones that are unknowing of the word. Babies and small children will inherit the heavens. Our lord’s grace and mercy encompasses our babies/children. We will all be judged differently, it will be God’s judgement as to how to define a child. Perhaps a certain innocence is broken.


Jack Wellman May 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm

Amen Roberto. I agree about those who cannot fully know the gospel. We have an article that talks about that. Please read this sir: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/where-do-babies-go-if-they-die-do-they-go-to-heaven-or-hell/


Baker May 21, 2016 at 8:46 am

My question is, since all have sinned and that includes new born babies and the Bible says that before we are saved Satan is our father (John 8:44) does that mean when a baby is born that he is the child of the devil?


Jack Wellman May 21, 2016 at 11:07 am

Children are not at the age of accountability so even though we are all born into sin, God doesn’t hold children responsible to repent and believe in Christ, as they can’t fully understand it.


Amanda January 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm

You mentioned that children who die before ‘they are able to understand it’ .. it being being able to repent for their sins, because they are too young to even understand it.. what if the person is past whatever age this is that God believes is ‘old enough’ to know sin and repent.. but they’re incapable of learning because of disabilities and/or mental issues, brain dysfunction? Those with those kinds of problems can’t even take care of themselves sometimes, how are they supposed to know or learn about sin about repenting? What if we go on about life and something drastic happens, we don’t function or think like we use to.. are we doomed to an eternal life in hell?


Jack Wellman January 3, 2018 at 11:31 pm

I agree that unless a person can understand what it means to repent and turn to Christ, God will not hold them accountable. God tells us today that all must repent and believe. Jesus said that’s what the gospel is (Mark 1:14-15) but if a person doesn’t know what that means due to mental illness or mental disability, I believe God extend grace to that person or persons, regardless of age. Does that help? I don’t believe they would end up in hell.


Roger August 20, 2016 at 4:45 am

Deut 1:39 ‘Moreover your little ones and your children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it.

Rom 9:11 (for [the children] not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls)


Robert Abresch October 9, 2016 at 8:47 am

I must admit I did not read all of the “comments” posted above, so I am not sure if someone responded in kind as I am about to. Born in 1949 into a simple working class family, I was raised, like many of my peers, to believe in God the Father, Jesus His son, and the Holy Spirit. I attended Sunday school and church on a regular basis into my late teens and continue to this day to read the Bible and, whenever possible, follow the teachings therein. I see the narcissism and self-centered behavior taking over today’s society and I truly believe a dose of humility wouldn’t hurt the average “Jack” or “Jill” today. I pray, someday, people will return to a simpler, more conservative life-style and establish a solid foundation so all of our offspring (including my grand-children and great-grandchildren) can seek a life of happiness, peace, and love.

So … I really do not want to be preached to. I was lead to this web site when I asked the question “Does the Bible of the Christian faith truly state that we are all sinners from the day we are born?” The wonderful “Cajun” culture of this country has a history of many delicious recipes they, and others including me, find very enjoyable. One “Cajun” cook was asked to reveal the “true” ingredients in the recipe for the classic dish … ‘jambalaya’. The cook thought for a moment … then said “well … there are as many different recipes for jambalaya as there are Cajun cooks!” I believe this holds true for interpretation of the Holy Bible and I believe it is one of the reasons people are moving away from the church today. Anyone who has read the Holy Bible must “truthfully” admit there are contradictions in its content. If they are curious enough and seek the “truth”, they may ask a clergyman for clarification. This often results in conflict between clergymen who may agree on a great part of ‘baseline’ answer … but one clergyman uses ‘garlic pepper’ while another clergyman uses ‘black pepper’ in their recipe. So the truth remains elusive. When all else fails … the “do it because I’m your Dad and I said so” … is FAITH !

I do not know the preferences, characteristics, rules and regulations and so forth … of the “God” anyone else prays to … but the “God” I pray to is not only omnipresence and omnipotent … but loving … fair and just … and forgiving … along with many other things. Just as Jesus taught us to believe in Him and to follow His teachings … God wants us to be the same for … ultimately … the Son is a reflection of the Father. The God I believe in did not create the Heavens and the Earth with the intent to eventually destroy everything … if that were so … why bother. The God I pray to does not create a baby to bear the burden of sin when that child cannot understand the concept and awareness of his or her existence. The God I pray to does not punish the child … nor the parents … by inflicting pain and suffering with the excuse ” the sins of the father will be visited on the sons”. The God I believe in is not that cruel … regardless of any rationalization by any earthly “holy’ man.

My parents left “the church” when my younger brother (ten years my junior) was seven years old. My brother appeared to be a “normal” child until we found … at the age of two … he was deaf and could not hear. Not something to whine about … many people suffer the same fate. At the age of four however … he developed a disease that … over the course of the next six years would render my brother unable to enjoy the life of a normal toddler/child. The skin disease literally “ate him alive” and he spent the last four years of his brief existence bedridden under a small “makeshift” tent in the living room of the home I grew up in. The pungent odor from his decaying skin permeated the house … limiting the frequency of guests (including my classmates which were always “welcome” in our home). The toll it took on my mother to provide physical care for my brother was … to say the least … exhausting. But it was nothing compared to the emotional side of her life. Watching my mother carry my nine-year old, twenty-five pound brother to the bathtub for one of his “two-a-day” baths brought more tears in one trip than most people cry in a year.

And what did “the church” have to say about this! Yeah ! You guessed it. The “sins of the fathers …” ya-da, ya-da, ya-da.
I’m surprised the older women of the church didn’t offer to provide transportation for my parents when the departed that one last Sunday in May of 1966. My brother died two days after Christmas in 1969.

The God I worship … the God I place my faith in … the God I hope loves me as much as I love Him … DOES NOT hold a grudge against me … nor any man or woman ! He is far … far … far too forgiving to do that ! You can interpret the Holy Bible in whatever way you chose … you can quote scripture after scripture … site instance after instance. You can fill the air with word after word after word to try to convince me that a human being is a sinner from the moment they are born … because that’s what the Holy Bible says … or that’s how one “cook” makes his ‘jambalaya’.

My God must have a different recipe.

Keep up the good work in His name.



Alvis November 4, 2016 at 11:59 am

Jesus himself made the statement: I was sent to save the lost sheep of Israel .. This implies that he was not sent to save those sheep who were already abiding in God according to God’s law under the Old Testament.


Jack Wellman November 5, 2016 at 10:29 am

Thank you Alvis. Jesus is a friend of sinners, and yes, He was sent to the lost sheep of Israel, but this is why the Apostle Paul was called to be the apostle to the Gentiles, so non-Jews can certainly be saved…then, and today. No one is saved by keeping the law and if fact, we try to keep the law in order to be saved, Paul says, “You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace” (Gal 5:4) because not one person can ever be justified by the law.


Jolly Thankachan October 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm

when do people realize that they are sinners, my friend argues that he does not consider himself as a sinner, does not regret any decisions he took in his life, thinks of christians as fools for injecting poison into people by asking them to repent.
How can I explain him that we are born sinners?


Jack Wellman October 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm

For one thing, this man does not sound saved, so he cannot understand the things of God without the Spirit of God. Does he claim to be a believer? I would pray for his soul. I don’t think you can convince someone who is in that frame of mind. Depart from such a person, the Bible tells us, and then pray for his soul since he is facing the wrath of God if he doesn’t repent.


Brandon December 1, 2017 at 4:46 pm

I think Satan wants us to view God as harsh and as, if you will, as a dictator. Satan is the enemy of our souls and would love for us to view being born with a sinful nature through prideful eyes. We are or course in the flesh and that is what the enemy of our souls tries to entice. However, we have to look at the beginning. God has given us His word so we could do so. Contrary to some commentaries I have read, I do not for one minute believe that God intended for man to sin, nor did He set man up to sin so that Jesus could die for us. I cannot speak for God, nor do I want to even begin to try…. but to say God sat us up for failure with the intention for man to have a sinful nature would be to say God willed for man to sin. I do however believe that God, in the holiest counsel of heaven saw that the creation of man and the salvation of man was perfect. Being born with a sin nature cannot and never should be viewed as an excuse to sin. Nor should we be disappointed that God allowed us to be born with a sinful nature. We do not have to have a sinful nature to make the wrong choice, Adam and Eve didn’t. We do however have a natural tendency to do so. We were born of imperfect flesh. That imperfect, flawed flesh however does not negate free will choices. If it did, we would not be held accountable. I can never remember making a wrong choice without first pondering the consequences. God did not leave man void of the ability to choose right or wrong. We have a conscience, gifted to us by the Lord. When we knowingly violate that conscience we are guilty of sin. Nor did God leave us void of His Holy Spirit to open the eyes of the most blinded person to see the error of their ways. Why does God say no man is without excuse? Because he said if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me. He was lifted up on the cross 2000 years ago and since has been drawing all men unto Him, not just an elect few. The elect are the whosever will answer the call. God draws and it’s up to us to answer the call. He loves every individual and is perfectly capable of revealing Himself to a person even in the most remote of places on the earth, even if that person were to be alone in the jungle (posed scenario from previous question). God did give us the ability to dream and could very well reveal the gospel in dreams if He so chose. He revealed Himself to Saul/Paul…. He wasn’t saved in a church service. I believe God draws all men. God is rich in mercy… a loving God who is also full of wrath against sin. Thank God His mercy runs deeper than judgement. Do not view the sinful nature with offense toward God. He did not give us that nature. It is the natural playout of sinful mans choices. I choose to say that we see what Adam and Eve did not, the other side of obedience to God and we have the ability to escape it is we so choose. God convicts, shows us the error of our ways and offers the way of escape. Jesus didn’t only live the life we could not live, He lived the life of obedience that we all have chosen not to live at some point or another, saved or not saved. Man was so designed to live with God, not without. He has made to provision to give us a fresh, wonderful new start, forgetting our wrong choices, and an expected glorious end. Thank you Jesus for your perfect sacrifice. And not only that, no matter how bad or for how long we may mess up, He will forgive us if we come back and repent. What a wonderful long suffering God of love we have. We are truly without excuse if we sin because our God is holy, just, merciful, loving, compassionate, wise and perfect in ALL of His wonderful ways. He is truly Love


Jack Wellman December 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Thank you Brandon. Very much appreciate your insight sir. Yes, Paul wasn’t saved in a church but became part of the church. God may draw all men but sadly, most will reject trusting in Christ.


Bresh January 10, 2018 at 5:28 am

I believe it is the sinful nature we inherit and not the sin and that is the reason why the bible would train a child in a way he should go and when he is old he shall not depart from it. The sinful nature is what causes man to sin. None inherits the sins of another but rather the nature. The essence of the gospel is not only to announce forgiveness of sins but rather to give us power not to sin for Paul says in Romans we were predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ. We are born sinful not sinners because you become a sinner only when you sin. It is the nature you have that determines the image you bear. If you have Christ’s nature you will be righteous and that’s why all who believe are made new creatures. This is majorly the subject of natures.

The same way there is trans-generational righteousness is the same way there can be trans-generational wickedness. Scripture says it is the soul that sinneth that shall die not one that has inherited sin. The question is not whether we are born sinners or not but rather how do we live?


Payton Roth June 12, 2018 at 2:36 pm

I’d like everyone to carefully examine these scriptures-Ezekiel 18:20; Matthew 19:13-14; Luke 18:16-17; Jeremiah 19:4-5; Psalm 106:37-38. were we to become like little “sinners”? Also, how is it shedding innocent blood if we are born in sin? Again I’m not trying to be mean but we as followers of Christ must stand on all scripture. A link to a website that I found that addresses the problem is below


Jack Wellman June 12, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Hello Payton. I have examined these and found no supportive evidence from Scripture that we are not born into sin. Even David said he was conceived in sin. I know you are not trying to be mean but I did check out your website and found that several Scriptures were being used as “proof texts” to fit your belief or the websites belief. Therefore, I did not approve of the link to be seen since we must be 100% certain that it all aligns with God’s Word.


Steve McNabb March 13, 2019 at 10:49 pm

Sin as the Abrahamic religions define it is their mythological explanation of acting contrary to the accepted social norms and law. That said, we all learn what is deemed right and wrong and live by our choices or by the choices we allow others to make for us. Religions such as Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions are not unique in their focus on a “god” who judges our behavior and the condemnation from a “loving heavenly father” . It was and remains a method of control through, in the least, a passive aggressive method of behavior modification doctrine. Of course there is real value and benefit to living as a peaceful person, a forgiving, caring, compassionate, loving human being, the reward is self evident. But to tell people that they were born as a sinful soul is a lie.


Jack Wellman March 14, 2019 at 9:50 am

Thank you Mr. McNabb for your comment, but you are in great error. Not all religions are the same. Islam teaches you kill your enemies but Jesus told us to pray for them, do good to them that abuse us, and bless them that curse you. No other religion but Christianity does good to those who hate, so you are only judging religion for what it can do for socieity but not for what it can do for you. Rom 5:6-10 show the uniqueness of Christ but humanism (as you must believe in) and other religions are radically different. You were born into sin and it is no lie but Scripture. If left with a choice to believe you or God and His Word, it is a no-brainer. Believe God!


Link March 19, 2019 at 11:38 am

Hello Jack and everyone. To sum this all up. If we are to believe that we are conceived of sin and that sin is not a choice by our inheritance of that sin, then it is reasonable to assume that we have no hope at all.


Jack Wellman March 19, 2019 at 11:43 am

Thank you Link. The Bible says, not if we believe, but the Bible says we are born into sin, and that all have fallen short of God’s glory, but there is hope in Jesus Christ. Don’t you believe God forgives sins thru Christ? If so, there is no greater hope in all the universe! We don’t assume this. The Bible says so.


Link March 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Can we have it both ways? Can we view sin as a choice and ask for repentance of our sins and be born again and also have no choice in the matter as we are all born of sin.


Jack Wellman March 19, 2019 at 12:27 pm

We chooose to sin, but we all still sin after salvation. We are not having it both ways. Do you not sin anymore? Repentance is a gift from God. God grants repentance. We are daed in our sins (Eph 2:1-5). Dead men can’t chose Christ. We have a choice…chose life (John 3:16-17, 36; Acts 4:12, etc.).


Gordon July 3, 2021 at 7:51 pm

How can you say we have a choice to sin if we are dead, and unable to choose anything but sin, but repentance is only a gift from God?
If you’re dead, you have no choice but to be dead. If you repent, God repented you; you had no decision to make. This is not a paradox. This is a self-contradiction.
If God doesn’t give me repentance, how is it a “choice” to sin when God has previously given me from birth a nature that only sins?

Where’s the “choice” when God has arranged my birth with a will that is fixed towards sin, and may-or-may-not irresistably repent me with a new will to save me?


Jack Wellman July 4, 2021 at 8:20 am

You must choose Christ or reject Christ. All mankind must make this choice. Is it free will or election? It is both. How these two work together is beyond human understanding. Instead of questioning these things, and that only a few will be saved, we should be thanking God that anyone can be saved. Your will can be changed by God’s Spirit.


Anthony Terry June 20, 2019 at 12:50 pm



Jack Wellman June 20, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Hello Mr. Terry. We have answered that question in this article sir. Thank you for your question. Please click on this link: https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/where-do-babies-go-if-they-die-do-they-go-to-heaven-or-hell/


Randy February 19, 2020 at 5:52 am

We are not responsible for the sins of our fathers. This is a christian invention to invoke guilt and control.

Ezekiel 18:20 tells us, “The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt


Jack Wellman February 19, 2020 at 9:48 am

So true, but sadly, as in Adam all die, but also in Christ shall all be made alive. We are born sinners but saved by Jesus.


Roger D Cessna August 9, 2020 at 8:32 pm

The fact is ,that we all have sinned. We were born with the same instructions that Adam and Eve were. Just like them we have chosen sin. Not one except Christ Jesus was born out of sin. Since he was the seed of God himself in the flesh. Mary was a Virgin, therefore no sin was committed by man in the creation of God’s only pure son.


Jack Wellman August 9, 2020 at 10:15 pm

Amen. Very well said Mr. Cessna. Thank you sir.


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