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Is there any biblical evidence for the Catholic doctrine of original sin?

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Is there any biblical evidence for the Catholic doctrine of original sin?


Sure. God told Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:1-24 that because of their sin they would have to work for a living, be at war with nature, suffer pain and sickness, and eventually die. Paul explains original sin in great detail in Romans 5:12-19 and in 1 Corinthians 15:21-22.


  1. Linda Strang Reply

    You did not answer the question. What was the original sin and what scriptures is it mentioned in?

  2. Mario Simonelli Reply


    Many Christians, and many Christian denominations, struggle to define the origin of the original sin for most of us have never considered that when Adam sinned, sin become an integral part of our human character. It is something innate and undetectable. So in order to understand sin and humanity’s fall from grace we must begin where it all started and that is from the first sinner, “Satan” and the sin he committed. We all know that Satan’s sin was to covet the likeness of the Most High God for in Isaiah 14:14 we read: “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
    Adam’s sin was to follow Satan and allow himself to covet the knowledge equal to God, for in Genesis 3:4-6 we read: “And the serpent said to the women, ‘You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, (gratifi-cation of the body) and that it was a delight to the eyes, (gratification of the senses) and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, (gratification of the ego) she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”
    In contrast, Jesus’ loving character did not covet equality with God, for we read in
    Philippians 2:3-7: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant.”
    Therefore, we should realise that coveting is Satan’s sinful character. Obviously Adam was enticed to follow him in disregard of God’s commandment and by that action Adam made coveting the evil integral part of the human character. It remained the integral undisputed ruler of our lives until the law given to Moses contained the commandment, “You shall not covet,” for we read in Romans 7:7-8: “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the law; for I would not have known about coveting if the law had not said, ‘you shall not covet.’ But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the law sin is dead.” If you are not yet convinced consider the sin of the flesh is to “covet” it is what we do when you desire a beautiful woman, when you desire power over man, when you desire to be rich. Therefore coveting is our motivation to do good or to do evil, so let us nail our flesh to the cross like Jesus our Lord asked us to do.

  3. A Reply

    Again, why are all the answers about Adam and Eve if the Genesis isn’t a historical book? For what I’ve researched and you can go look up Father Robert Barron for this is that original sin refers to human concuspiscence, our natural inclination towards evil. It shouldn’t be mistaken that we’re only capable of doing evil because that’s not true.

    1. Mario Simonelli Reply

      @A, Yes you are correct, we have the knowledge of good and evil; therefore we can do both. The original sin of covet in our flesh is very strong, it is the very essence of selfishness, according to Jesus there is only one way to deal with our flesh.

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