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Original Sin

There are in the OT several acknowledgments and confessions of the universal sinfulness of man (Gen. 8:21; 1 Kings 8:46; Ps. 130:3), of resignation or penitence that man is born into an inevitable sinful condition (Ps. 51:5; Job 15:14; 25:4), and of the impossibility that for any man it can be otherwise (Job 4:17; 14:4). These texts are all expressions of the fact of original sin. Man seems to inherit this bondage from his birth. He seems to sin involuntarily and inveterately, and yet feels responsible for so doing. Before he wakens up to the seriousness of his struggle with evil, the battle is already lost. Sin not only develops within him, it also envelopes him. He finds his community life warped and inhuman in its ideals and even in the best zeal it can muster for its own reformation or revolution.