Ask Your Preacher
I don't understand this scripture: “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5 NIV)
Was I born a sinner? I thought all children were born sinless?
The NIV reading of that text sure sounds like David is saying that he was born in sin, but the NIV isn’t a word-for-word translation and takes liberty in translating that verse (read “What’s The Best Translation” for more details on Bible translations). Other translations, such as the New American Standard and New King James (much more literal translations), simply say “I was brought forth in iniquity.” (NKJV) This is a much more generic statement than saying David was born sinful. Ps 51:5 could mean one of two things:
- David was born sinful.
- David was born into a sinful world.
We need to look at other verses to see what the Bible teaches about babies being born in sin. The sum teachings of the Bible say that babies are born without sin, and babies are perfect in God’s sight (even David, the writer of Psalm 51, recognized that his dead child was going to be in heaven [2 Sam 12:23]). Sin is not a birthright; it is a choice (Gen 4:6-7, Jas 1:13-15). Humans sin when they choose to do wrong; they are not born in sin.
The false teaching of ‘original sin’ is very common in today’s society. If a congregation teaches that you are born in sin, they are false teachers. Sin is a choice we make in life (Isa 7:15-16), and all humans are born upright and good (Eccl 7:29).
Does God hate sinners? Because my friend is reading this book, and it says He does. It is hard to believe God hates anyone, right?
Not A Hater
Dear Not A Hater,
The Lord loves people but hates sin. God tells us it is appropriate to be happy when evil is destroyed because it means righteousness is prevailing (Pr 28:28), but God also says that it pains Him when the wicked perish (Ezek 18:23). God loves us so much that He sent His own Son to die for our sins (Jhn 3:16), but He hates sin so much that if we don’t take advantage of the forgiveness that is in Christ, God will separate Himself from us (Lk 13:27).
What should I do if I've committed blaspheme terribly? I was baptized when I was six (I think), and I've gotten closer to God, left, gotten closer, and left. Blaspheme is something I struggle with. Why do I do these things? I'm fourteen now.
Watching My Mouth
Dear Watching My Mouth,
We can be forgiven for using the Lord’s name in vain… but only if we repent and turn to the Lord. God has provided a means for all sins to be forgiven – His Son’s blood. When we become christians (read “What Must I Do To Be Saved?” for details on how to become a christian – this is important because part of becoming a christian involves mature, adult choices that were impossible for a six-year-old to make), all sins are forgiven, even our previous blasphemy against God. There is no single act that is so evil that Jesus’ blood can’t wash it away (1 Jn 1:7). Many of the first-century christians had horrible sins in their pasts (1 Cor 6:9-11). The key is to get up every time you fall down (Pr 24:16). Continue to work on cleaning up your language, and you will eventually succeed.
Is sex before marriage a sin?
Sex before marriage is a sin. From the very beginning, God designed marriage as the realm for sexual relations (Gen 2:24). 1 Cor 7:1-2 states that any relations outside of marriage are fornication. God tells us to flee all fornication (1 Cor 6:18). Even though sexual immorality is rampant in our culture and accepted by our society, that doesn’t make it right. Christians are called to honor God and honor marriage by leaving the marriage bed pure and undefiled (Heb 13:4).
When you interpret Scripture, either by preaching to your congregation, answering questions on this site, or just studying Scripture in your spare time, are your biblical interpretations infallible? Yes or no?
Do You Think You're Perfect?
Dear Do You Think You're Perfect,
We aren’t infallible here at AYP; we are just men. That is exactly why we always give Bible verses for everything that we teach. That way, you as the reader, can compare what we say to the Bible… and we hope you do! The Bible is the perfect guide to life, and it is the power of God given to us for our salvation (Rom 1:16). Always believe the Bible and test everything anyone tells you against its words (1 Jn 4:1). That includes us.