My Semi-Pelagian Views
Posted 3 November 2008on:
Note from your Blog Host: Apparently I wrote this post over a year ago in June 2007 and for some reason I never published it. I don’t see any reason to keep this off the Web so here it is.
So Hearty invited everybody to take a quiz on what heresy your viewpoints fit best with. Here are my results:
- Chalcedon compliant-83%
So since my particular heresy is Pelagianism, I thought I would try to spell out what exactly leads to this conclusion in a silly little quiz, because it did actually draw out the idea that I have some unorthodox viewpoints on the key matter of Pelagian thought, original sin. Pelagius taught that there is in fact no original sin. There is no taint on our human natures that is derived from the sin of Adam (and Eve), and thus it is possible for an individual to live without sin due to their own initiative. I’ll state here right out, I don’t believe that. But what do I believe? Well, let’s see if I can adequately explain.
I think that a good place to start on this would be what initially caused me to question the idea of Original Sin. If all of humanity has inherited sin as part of their human nature, how is it that Jesus of Nazareth, being fully human, was without sin. Asking this question I often get told “but he was fully God, as well.” I think that is completely skirting the question. Our doctrines, as we currently teach them, state that all humans have sinned. Jesus was human, with a full royal lineage spelled out in the Scriptures all the way back to our father and mother in the Garden. If I have inherited sin as a descendant of Adam and Eve, Jesus Christ must have as well. But if one accepts the validity of the Deity of Christ, that is just not possible to accept. God cannot be sinful. I hereby deny the doctrine of Original Sin.
I do not, however, deny the fact that all other humans have sinned. Jesus Christ was the only human being to ever live his entire life without sin. All others have, and all others will.