Is original sin a literal sin?


#1

Is original sin equivalent to normal sins like murder or adultery? Wasn’t completely sure how it worked.


#2

As I understand it, no. Original Sin is the lack of Sanctifying Grace within a new human being that was lost by the first sin of Adam and Eve. Baptism restores this Sanctifying Grace, hence the saying "removes Original Sin".


#3

Original sin was a personal sin commited by Adam and Eve. It was the worst human sin ever since it caused every sin that followed. Other humans are not personally guilty of it, but rather are juridically guilty of it (if they are unbaptized).


#4

The Original Sin was an sin, and a grave one.

What we inherit is the stain of Original Sin, it’s effects. Which is different that stating that we receive the culpability of the sin.

The spiritual effect of the loss of Grace is restored in Baptism. The natural effects, such as sickness, death and impairment of the will ( concupiscence) is not removed.


#5

From the Catechism (CCC 404):

By yielding to the tempter, Adam and Eve committed a personal sin, but this sin affected the human nature that they would then transmit in a fallen state. It is a sin which will be transmitted by propagation to all mankind, that is, by the transmission of a human nature deprived of original holiness and justice. And that is why original sin is called "sin" only in an analogical sense: it is a sin "contracted" and not "committed" - a state and not an act.


#6

[quote="FireFromHeaven, post:1, topic:329555"]
Is original sin equivalent to normal sins like murder or adultery? Wasn't completely sure how it worked.

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Original Sin is a literal act of free choice by the Original human being known as Adam.

Adam was created in a state of holiness and justice which means that he was established in a beautiful, serious relationship with God, his Creator. Adam's creaturely status meant that he could live in God's friendship by freely submitting to God. Adam had to be obedient to God.

As we read in the first three chapters of Genesis, Adam faced the temptation to be like the "gods" who know everything. Tempted by Satan, Adam chose his own desire and by his act of disobedience, he scorned his Creator. Abusing his freedom, He chose himself over and against God and against the requirements of his creaturely status. Adam's act of pride and disobedience was the Original Sin which shattered humanity's relationship with divinity. In Adam, the whole human race existed "as one body of one man." Because of this, Original Sin is unique and thus unlike any other sin--even though our subsequent sins are also disobedience. The difference is simple. We are not Adam.


#7

[quote="Brendan, post:4, topic:329555"]
The Original Sin was an sin, and a grave one.

What we inherit is the stain of Original Sin, it's effects. Which is different that stating that we receive the culpability of the sin.

The spiritual effect of the loss of Grace is restored in Baptism. The natural effects, such as sickness, death and impairment of the will ( concupiscence) is not removed.

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Why do we inherit this stain?


#8

Because human nature was corrupted by original sin.


#9

[quote="FireFromHeaven, post:1, topic:329555"]
Is original sin equivalent to normal sins like murder or adultery? Wasn't completely sure how it worked.

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Original sin was the sin of disobedience to God.


#10

[quote="devoutchristian, post:8, topic:329555"]
Because human nature was corrupted by original sin.

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The Catholic teaching takes the center spot between the two Christian extremes regarding Original Sin. For example. Our human nature was not totally corrupted. Our human nature was wounded which means that we still have the ability to seek God and be obedient to our Creator. We are wounded in that we no longer have innate mastery of ourselves. We now have to work to be good. Still, God continues to offer us His saving grace. John 3:16


#11

[quote="grannymh, post:10, topic:329555"]
The Catholic teaching takes the center spot between the two Christian extremes regarding Original Sin. For example. Our human nature was not totally corrupted. Our human nature was wounded which means that we still have the ability to seek God and be obedient to our Creator. We are wounded in that we no longer have innate mastery of ourselves. We now have to work to be good. Still, God continues to offer us His saving grace. John 3:16

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Right.


#12

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