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Re: Prayer on Beliefnet Upset Me corafree

Posted by SLS on February 14, 2005, at 14:45:28

In reply to Prayer on Beliefnet Upset Me, posted by corafree on February 14, 2005, at 11:50:28

> Why would a child born out of sin(?) be held accountable for the sin(?);

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

According to some religions, each one of us is born laden with the burden of the original sin (Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit). Thus, it is necessary to first cleanse the soul with the water of baptism, without which one is not to partake in the rite of communion. As is often the case in the Bible, there are words that seem contradictory as to create paradoxes and lead to interpretations that allow for sin and innocence simultaneously. I wish I were more of a theologian to be able to comment more intelligently as to what these paradoxes of the Bible are that allow for this. Take heart that the Bible most surely does. If you are that upset by the words you have read, perhaps it would be a good time to make an appointment to speak with your minister about them. I have a feeling that your discomfort with the discordance that the words display on the surface can be reconcilled by the wisdom of the thousands of years of study and interpretation that your minister can help you to recognize.

I do not believe that any of us carry the guilt for the acts of those who begat us. To be born of sin, should it exist, does not mean to be born with sin. It is indeed difficult to look at a newborn and think of anything else but its purity and innocence.

- Scott




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