Saturday, June 7, 2014

Have all people sinned or not? | Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry


Romans 3:23; Romans 3:10; Psalm 14:3 and Job 1:1; Genesis 7:1; Luke 1:6

  1. All have sinned
    1. (Romans 3:9-10)--"What
      then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already
      charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; 10as it is
      written, "There is none righteous, not even one."
    2. (Romans 3:23)--"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
    3. (Psalm 14:3)--"They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one."
  2. All have not sinned
    1. (Job 1:1)--"There
      was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job, and that man was
      blameless, upright, fearing God, and turning away from evil."
    2. (Genesis 7:1)--"Then
      the Lord said to Noah, "Enter the ark, you and all your household;
      for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time."
    3. (Luke 1:5-6)--"In
      the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a certain priest named
      Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the
      daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6And they were both
      righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the
      commandments and requirements of the Lord."
The Bible clearly teaches that all people have sinned--except Jesus (1 Peter 2:22). Romans 3:23
clearly condemns all under sin. But when it mentions people like Job,
Noah, Zacharias, and Elizabeth as people who were "blameless" and
"righteous," it is not saying that they are not sinners. It is saying
that they were godly people, who kept the commandments of God; and in
that sense, they were righteous. But of course, we realize that no one
can keep the commandments of God perfectly which is why all people are
deserving of damnation (Eph. 2:3), and why we need a savior. If righteousness can come through the Law, then Christ died needlessly (Gal. 2:21).

Have all people sinned or not? | Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry

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