Original Sin Is The First Sin & Not An Inherited Sin

By Larry Shawn Cagle

Recently, I had a discussing with my wife who, just as me, had grown up being taught that the sin of Adam & Eve that forced their departure from the Garden of Eden, was passed down to everyone who was born after they left the Garden. That this sin is called Original sin and we are all born with this sin and therefore stained, held responsible, for their sin. The problem, as I explained to my wife, is that concept is not accurate. What the Bible says is Adam & Eve will suffer because of their sin and instead of being cared for by God, they are on our own and will have to work to survive. I discovered the true meaning of Original sin and what it is to us after first reading then extensivly researching the Bible.

The correct meaning of Original Sin is that it was the “first” sin of mankind. However, there are many churchs, denominations, preachers, ministers, priests and other individuals who believe and teach that Original Sin is a sin passed down from Adam & Eve to everyone. That everyone is born with original sin and we have to either confess or we have to be baptisted to have this sin forgiven and removed. The problem with that belief is that concept of original sin is not Biblical accurate and therefore not true. If it was true we had a sin as soon as we saw life, that would mean we were held accountable and could suffer for actions of another that resulted in sin. There is not a single verse in the entire Bible that states we are responsible for another’s sin. In addition, there is not a single verse that says since Adam and Eve sinned, all future generations have that same sin and they can be held accoutable. However, the Bible has multiple verses stating we can only be held accoutable for our own actions and not the actions of others. Also, these verses clearly state that God will hold no one responsible for the sins committed by another and suffer the second death. By searching the Bible you can find multiple instances where God states only the person sinning is held accoutable.

So if anyone tells you that you are born with Original sin or the sin of Adam & Eve, you will now know these statements are not Biblically sound and simply false. Below you will find a few of the verses that support this position.

“To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.”
Genesis 3:16‭-‬19‭, ‬23 ESV

Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is just and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”
Ezekiel 18:19‭-‬20 ESV

“Fathers shall not be put to death because of their children, nor shall children be put to death because of their fathers. Each one shall be put to death for his own sin.”
Deuteranomy 24:16 ESV

“But he did not put their children to death, according to what is written in the Law, in the Book of Moses, where the Lord commanded, “Fathers shall not die because of their children, nor children die because of their fathers, but each one shall die for his own sin.”
2 Chronicles 25:4 ESV

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God . Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin.”
Ezekiel 18:30 ESV

2016

His Love Will

I’ve been up and I’ve been down,
I’ve been lost and I’ve been found.
I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor,
I’ve been at peace and at war.
But I never knew how great my life could be,
Until I had Jesus walking together with me.

I’ve been tired and I’ve been rested,
I’ve been tried and I’ve been tested.
I’ve been empty and I’ve been fulfilled,
I’ve been weak and I’ve been strong willed.
But I never knew how great a love could be,
Until I had Jesus’s arms wrapped around me.

His love will lift you up when you are down,
His love will give you a smile from a frown.
His love will show you the path when you’re lost,
His love will always send your spirit aloft.
His love will show you’re rich when poor,
His love will show you need less & not more.
His love will show you’re always in reach,
His love will show you He cherishes each!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle

Grace

God my Father has given me His grace,
This blessing is a gift I will not waste.
With it there is no way I cannot succeed,
God’s Grace gives me all I could ever need.
It will allow us and God to eternally exist,
Who could ever ask Him for a greater gift.
All can have God’s grace that is from His love,
His Glory is proclaimed by all in Heaven above!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
12/2016

Said & Done

I know that I have lost my way,
Please come to my aid this day.
I use to be someone who was upright,
Because I made sure to walk in God’s light.
But now all is darkness all around me,
Please come and help to set me free.

There was a time I could always cope,
And now without You I have no hope.
How did I stray so far from Your path,
Was it because of my anger and wrath?
I never seem to be able to forgive others,
Including all my sisters and brothers.

What must I do to have peace inside,
Is there a special way I have not tried?
Please come & show me what I missed,
I know I cannot keep on living like this.
I hate all the evil I see each & every day,
How much longer here must I stay?

I wish I could forgive and forget like You,
But everytime I try I am just not able to.
Please show me how to have more faith,
How to love others and forget about hate.
All I want now is to know what to do,
Show me the way as I give my life to You.

Teach me how to use Your gift of grace,
I cannot afford to lose this eternal race.
Never let me see the darkness ever again,
Help me overcome temptations so I do not sin.
All I want is to be with You and Your Son,
Together forever when it’s all said & done!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
12/2016

Unbelievable 

As long as I can remember You have always been part of me,
You have never left my side regardless of what You may see.
I know You have tried hard each day teaching me how to live,
And You showed me life is not about taking but what we give.
Even when I was far off the path You had designed just for me,
You were always there showing me how and what I needed to be.

When I was very young and had learned about You and Your word,
I never once doubted Your existence irregardless of what I heard.
I decided that if I had to suffer either now or after my last breath,
I wanted my torments to be now so I could avoid the second death.
But one of the most amazing aspects of everything I have been through,
Regardless of how often I sinned, You never left me as Your word is true.

It has been about 50 years and You have been with me day & night,
Sadly, it has only been recently that I started fully walking in Your light.
Even when I refused to live life right, You still worked to make me free,
But I still can’t understand how You could love such a lowly sinner as me.
I wish I had realized sooner the voice inside of me was the Holy Ghost,
So I would know the voice guiding me was the One who knows the most.

Even though my mind is not nearly as sharp as it was many years ago,
I can’t believe I once thought miracles I had came from what I know.
Sadly it would take 30 years before I realized it was all solely from You,
But since that one revelation I can honestly say, my faith steadly grew.
I sincerely believe all that was part of Your plan to help me stay on track,
As I know You never do anything that is not good for me & that is a fact.

I am so grateful for the blessings & gifts that I have received from You,
Each one has helped in many ways and made sure my faith still grew.
I was in a state of pure peace and no longer connected to this sphere,
The time You touched my soul with Your love freeing me from here.
All of my worries had vanished together with all I loved on this earth,
I realized then all that occurs here without God simply has no worth.

I know now that all there has been or will be is soon, going to pass away,
And there is only one way to survive the coming of God’s Judgement Day.
You must accept that there is only One True Living God & Jesus is His Son,
Who willing died for all our sins in order for our salvation to be won.
Confess you are a sinner like everyone else & ask for forgiveness for your sins,
Keep God first in your heart & in all you do so you can have an eternity with Him.

Never will there be anything in this Universe that is greater than God and His Son,
Whatever may happen in your life just remember there’s nothing God hasn’t overcome!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle
12/2016

For All To See

I cannot help but feel sorry for people today,
Lost and alone searching for a better way.
Turning to others for direction & security,
Only finding their own confusion & obscurity.

Out each night and day hoping for better,
Thinking their suffering can’t last forever.
Others talking how they found direction,
Speaking falsely giving only misconception.

My heart aches when they cannot see,
Only God can give the love they need.
I know their pain comes from isolation,
Adding to their own growing frustsation.

They claim a life worth living can be easily seen,
As long as you follow the master of the unclean.
Satan claims he only wants what is good for you,
But if you believe that then you are truly a fool.

While there are many who find earthly treasures,
Soon they see they give only temporary pleasures.
Nothing of this world can give us what we truly seek,
Only God can give all you need before you can speak!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle

Why We Live

There has been many times in my life I have wondered why,
If there is no reason or point for living, why should I even try.
It seems we are born, work hard & suffer and it’s time for death,
I need to know if I have a reason for being before my last breath.

Many have said it’s to make your mark on life but is that really true,
And if that was right, when we were born we all would know what to do.
Others believe that it is only to keep life going on so it won’t ever end,
To me that seems, at the very least, a simply completely pointless trend.

For as many reasons there are, I have come to understand and believe,
The reason we ask why, is that there is a truth we all need to perceive.
There is one truth we are born with in our heart that we have to find,
Because if we do not live by this truth our lives will never be truly defined.

We are all from God who loves us and has a plan for us to succeed,
It’s for all of us to know God, love God & serve God, this is all we need.
Since we know exactly why we are here & what part we all have to play,
The rest of life is easy only having to focus on following God each day!!

By Larry Shawn Cagle