Original sin

Saint Augustine taught the doctrine of original sin. This states that we are all born corrupt (Wikipedia). However, I have never accepted this view, as it is plain to me that babies are born innocent, and cannot sin. When I was praying yesterday, I suddenly understood the whole thing, which came as rather a surprise…

Original sin

I’ve never understood,
Or accepted,
The doctrine of original sin.

Today you showed me that
It doesn’t claim I was born a sinner –
Which makes no sense;
But rather, that I was born
With the potential for sin –
Which makes complete sense,
Because it’s part of my human nature.

Thank you, Lord,
For showing me the difference!

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