[quote=YAQUBOS]Peace be with you!
You’d better BELIEVE like a child what the Spirit says through the apostle:
"What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;
as it is written,
"THERE IS **NONE ** RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE;
THERE IS **NONE ** WHO UNDERSTANDS,
THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD;
ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
THERE IS **NONE ** WHO DOES GOOD,
THERE IS **NOT EVEN ONE**."
"THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE,
WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING,"
"THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS";
"WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS";
"THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD,
DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS,
AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN."
"THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES."
Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, so that **every mouth ** may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God;
because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin." ( Romans 3:9-20 )
And against all those “NONE”, there is ONLY ONE human about whom it is written:
“WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH” ( 1 Peter 2:22 )
Again, these quotes are a pretty good reference to original sin when used in correlation to “All” You sorta prove my point. The Apostle is not implying that we have to sin, as that would deny free will. We all do share in original sin, save Christ and Mary who was saved by anticipation. (I’m not sure of John the Baptist? I read somewhere that in the womb he leapt for Joy and that was a kind of acceptance–dunno)
I think your exegesis is really wrong on that passage. After all many people do seek God, so your overly literal interpretation is a bit harsh. God imparts the initial Grace and we cannot through adherence to laws be saved. I think that is probably closer to the meaning. Also the new Covenant of Love wholly fulfills and transcends the old covenant, because no one is justified through Law but only through ther salvific work of Christ.
Peace to you.
ps. stop scaring me with your fonts