In this weeks discussion I would like to address a philosophical topic without focusing too much on the religious aspects of this topic. The topic is sin or moral code and our relationship with sin. Do we sin because it is in our nature to do so, or is it because of the environment we were raised in?
I mean are we born "sinners", or are have we violated the moral code by being born in the world. I know sin is a religious and subjective term, but is it in our nature to do things we know are wrong, or is it a bi-product of the environment we live in?
The Catholic faith and other reformed faiths believe we are born sinners and in turn practice infant baptism. However, many believe this is based on a false doctrine, and not biblically sound. The Bible does state that all men have sinned, but it does not clearly state that we are born "sinners".
The Jewish faith believes that man is born without sin.
Taoist don't use the word sin, but they believe that "people are compassionate by nature."
Another way to phase this would be is sin "original" or "imitation"?
John Calvin believed in original sin, "therefore original sin is seen to be hereditary depravity and corruption of our nature diffused into all parts of the soul."(from Christianae Religionis Institutio, 1536)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau opposed the doctrine of original sin and contends that man was good by nature, and it was society that corrupted him.
What do you think? Talk amongst yourselves.