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mohammad



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Post Post subject: Contradiction on Sin between Injeel and Jewish Scriptures? Reply with quote

As Salamu Aliakum Omar -

Can you please explain if ?original sin? is what is taught in the Injeel, why does God says in the Jewish scriptures that the "soul" who sins will die? Is not the teaching of original sin a contradiction in the Injeel compared to the Jewish scriptures? See verse below from the Jewish Scriptures:
    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 of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him. Ezekiel 18:19-23


Sincerely,
Mohammad.
Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:10 am
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Post Post subject: Apparent Contradiction on Sin between Injeel and Prophets. Reply with quote

Wa Laikum As Salaam - Thank you Mohammad for asking your question and identifying the apparent contradiction. We do appreciate your questions and Lord willing we will answer it by sharing the truth from the scriptures.

You have quoted correctly from the Prophets section of the Jewish Scriptures. This is the same verse in the Christian Scriptures. Let me clarify. All of the Jewish Scriptures are part of the Christian Scriptures ? the Word of God as collected in the Holy Bible. The Christian Scriptures contains two major segments, the Old Testament (OT), which is the entire Jewish Scriptures, which may be further broken down into the Taurat, Prophets and Zabur. and the New Testament (NT) or Injeel, which contains the teachings of Jesus and his apostles. Since the Jews do not believe in Jesus as their Messiah (Al Masih), the Jewish scriptures do not have the Injeel.

Now regarding your quotation lets us take a look at other scriptures which say the same as you have quoted:
    Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin. Taurat, Deuteronomy 24:16

    the wages of sin is death.... Injeel, Romans 6:23

We are responsible for our own sin and have the consequence of guilt and death associated with our own sin. So, is there is a contradiction here between the Jewish Scriptures and the Injeel? We can both agree there is not!

Now let us look at the issue of "original sin". Scripture does say that we are not born neutral, i.e. we are not equally capable of doing good or evil, but prone towards doing evil. For a more detailed explanation of our nature to sin and us humans being prone to do evil and not being ?neutral? please follow this link.

The only persons that did not have to deal with the sin of a prior generation were Adam and Eve. In their day there was no prior sin in the world and therefore no consequence from it. Once Adam and Eve sinned, the first or ?original sin?, had the affect on us all and we now have a residual impact of this sin to deal with. Check out the details of what happend to when Adam and Eve sinned here . Did Jesus confirm this view by saying we are not neutral?
    If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" Injeel, Luke 11:13

    Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34

Now let us look if the Jewish scriptures say if we are neutral or evil?
    "The LORD saw how great man's wickedness had become, and that every inclination of the heart was only evil all the time. Taurat, Genesis 6:5

    "When they sin against you?for there is no one who does not sin?and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to his own land, far away or near; Prophets, 1 Kings 8:46

    The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Prophets, Jeremiah 17: 9

    Surely I have been a sinner from birth, since the time my mother conceived me ....Zabur, Psalms 51:5
God know us better than we do, so what has he communicated through his messengers as we have them in the Taurat, Prophets and Zabur? Are we neutral or prone to evil? At this point again the Jewish Scriptures and the Injeel are in agreement!

So we read that the teaching of ?original sin? or the affect on humanity of Adams sin are in the Jewish scripture and in the Injeel. Yes, a father?s sin and son?s are independent in that we each have to bear the consequence of our own sin, however our sin does affect others and the world we live in as the scripture also clearly illustrates. To appreciate what scripture teaches about sin, think about the affect of sin on each other and on the earth. It is not that we are ?guilty? or have to "die" because Adam sinned, but that because Adam sinned, it caused an affect that we have to deal with in each succeeding generation. Think of it as a bacteria or disease that can spread from one generation to the next.

We hope this answers your question regarding ?apparent contradiction? between the Jewish and Christian Scriptures regarding "original sin". Since the Word of God stands, it does make sense that the teachings of God do not change, but are eternal and consistent.

May the Peace and Grace of God be with you as you search the scriptures for Truth,
Omar
Mon Sep 04, 2006 10:20 am
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