Are We Born Sinners?
Bro. Mike Miller
|The doctrine of original sin has
so many tentacles reaching out in so many directions that is an overwhelming
task to try to cover them all. Its origin isn’t found in one single
misinterpreted Scripture or idea, but in many. Sometimes it is hard to tell
if a doctrine has been spun off of original sin or if it is itself one of
the foundations for original sin. Such is the idea of spiritual death.
No where does the Bible speak of spiritual death. The Bible never says the spirit dies, or ever has died. There is no evidence whatsoever to prove that Adam’s spirit died when he ate the forbidden fruit. Yet for most Christians who claim to believe the Bible this is a major doctrine. The idea of spiritual death is foundational to their understanding of the Atonement and salvation. Naturally, when you start off with a false teaching that isn’t even mentioned or hinted at in the Bible you are going to get really off-track in your understanding of other things.
The spirit is always associated with life in the Bible – never with death. I challenge you to get a concordance and search it out. You will not find any mention of a spirit dying anywhere, anytime, since God created man.
Man is a three-fold being, made in the image of God. Man consists of body, soul, and spirit. To try to separate them into three separate entities is like trying to separate the Godhead – it can’t be done. What we can do is see the manifestation of each one.
The body is easiest for us to understand because we can see it with our eyes and feel it with our senses. The body is the means by which we experience the physical world we live in. The body dies. That is a fact of life. When the body dies we can no longer experience the world or things of the world, because the body is the only means we have for doing that. It is over! A dead body doesn’t come back to life, no matter what the doctors do. Everyone since Adam has died eventually, and we can be assured that everyone that is alive now will also die unless they are caught up when the Lord returns.
The soul is the essence of who we are. It is our consciousness. The soul will live on after the body is gone back to dust. Man is a living soul – not just a body.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Gen. 2:7
Your soul is YOU, with your affections, your desires, your opinions, and beliefs. The soul is sometimes referred to in the Bible as the heart. It is where sin originates and comes from.
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Matt. 15:19
The soul can be lost. The soul can die in the sense of being separated from God forever.
The soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ezek. 18:20
The spirit is the means by which we experience God. God is
a spirit and to even be aware of his existence is a spiritual exercise. We
cannot communicate with God outside of the spirit, and if we have a dead
spirit, or no spirit, God cannot communicate with us. By the way, how could
you be born with a dead spirit? A dead spirit is one that doesn’t even
exist. A spirit is not physical and not a body. When the soul and spirit
leave the body it is dead, but what could be separated from the spirit to
make it dead? Whenever you read of the spirit in the Bible it is always
associated with life. The spirit is not something that can die.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Rom. 5:12
And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. Gen. 5:5
God said they would die and they did. So has every sinner
since Adam, and those who are alive and sinning at this moment will also
die. Death is a fact of life and a certainty.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Since the natural man cannot understand spiritual things
(1 Cor. 2:14) they cannot conceive any idea of death that isn’t literal,
with a body lying there to prove it. “Dead” must mean DEAD, like a body
lying in a casket. Obviously, they aren’t literally dead, so it MUST mean
they are spiritually dead, they reason. Their spirit must be dead and that
is why they are unresponsive to God. The truth is that they are SEPARATED
from God because of their sin, just like Adam and Eve were. Sin SEPARATES
and that is likened unto death in the Bible.
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. Prov. 20:27
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Job 32:8
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him…1 Cor. 2:11
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Eccl. 12:7
Likewise, there is still something in man with which God
has to work to enlighten us. That something is the spirit of man, which is
not dead or non-existent. The Bible speaks of man’s spirit as if it is
present in man. There are no Scriptures that teach that the spirit is dead.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Rom. 1:20
If the spirit of man is dead and God must do something to each individual to quicken them BEFORE they can begin to consider the things of God, then the Calvinistic teaching of election which says that God just picks out a few and the hates the rest, is true. There is no need for you to seek God because if you aren’t one of the elect there is no hope for you. You should just wait on God and if He DOES something to you then you’ll know, if not, then you have no hope anyway. Thanks be to God for his Word, which plainly denies such a wicked teaching:
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John 1:9
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. John 1:7
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: Eph. 3:9
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Tim. 2:4
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Titus 2:11
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Pet. 3:9
If there is anything that is clear in the Word of God it
is the fact that God wants ALL men to be saved, and that He has made
provision and provided the means for ALL to come to him. Sadly, not all men
WILL come. They hate the light because their deeds are evil. It isn’t that
their spirit is dead, and it isn’t because they do not understand and God
has left them out – it is because their heart is hard because of their sin.