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"Can Babies Sin?

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"Did Messiah Sin as a Baby?"
by D. J. Love, Minister, TSN, SBC

upgraded 2-21-2002
refined 3-30-2007

Babies Sin? . . . . but babies are innocent, how can they sin or do
they sin at all?

Actually, the purpose of this Sermonette is to teach us what


real sin is and where real sin is. Most people think they know, but
in reality. . . . they don't quite have a strong grip on the handle of it. So. . . .
how can a baby sin anyway?

Romans 8:20
For the creature was Made Subject to Vanity ("self-centered"), Not
Willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope,

If we analyze the above verse, we can see that we (as creatures of the
Creator) were actually Made (created, born) Subject to Vanity.

Vanity is an Older term used to convey the meaning of being "Self-


Centered." Now The Eternal Creator's word says that we have No Choice
in the matter ("Not Willingly"). In other words, It is our Human Nature (The
Nature of Unrighteousness) to be "Self-Centered," as opposed to "G-d
Centered"!. . .Why?

Because "Self-centeredness" is born out of "The Instinctive Will To


Physically Survive" (Survival Of The Fittest).
Additionally, we see that we have no choice in the matter. We have been
"Subjected In Hope." This "Hope" is that we will choose "Good" over
"Evil" or "Selflessness" over "Selfishness" according to the
"Righteousness Seeking Spirit of Yahweh" (Holy Spirit).

Now, how many of us would be Willing to Die for our children or a spouse?
I think that most of us would answer "I would" to this question, after all,
most of us Love our children and our spouse. Now,_ How many of us would
be Willing to Die for a total stranger, requiring us to put more value on a
stranger's life than on our own? Well, not so many, but that is exactly what
Messiah Yahshua did for us! As we can plainly see from His Selfless
Sacrificial Example of True Love. However, none of us are actually being
asked to die for another, BUT to become a "Living Sacrifice" instead.

Therefore, babies, little children, and adults have to ..Learn to Share,


..Learn to Give, ..Learn to Love, ..because ..Giving is Charity, ..Charity is
Love, ..and Love is the Opposite of Sin or selfishness. ..However, babies
don't ..Truly Love ..when they are born ..I repeat, .."Babies don't Love
when they are born!"

Oh ! Babies are Lovable ! ..But ..Babies ..Take! ..Babies ..Need! ..Babies


..Crave! ..And through crying and tantrums babies .."command." ..They
can't help it. ..Babies are .."Self-Centered Survivalist," ..and they were
created with this instinct (it's human nature), but as Adults, we can help it!
That is why, even though babies go through the motions or actions of
sinning, they are not actually sinning or held accountable until they
understand the difference between choosing "Good" over "Evil" or
"Selflessness" over "Self."

Isaiah 7:14-16
14 Therefore YHWH Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Yahshua
(Immanuel).
15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may (eventually) know to
refuse the evil, and choose the good.
16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose
the good (meaning before he is mentally capable), the land that thou
abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.

Note: Okay, before some of you say "That is not really a


prophecy of Messiah." Listen to me with your heart, and
understand, that it doesn't matter if this is a prophecy of
Messiah or not. What matters is that this is a prophecy of a
"True Righteous Worshipper of Yahweh," and more
importantly for this message "A Baby" or "A Young Child."
However, I will say that this prophecy is at the very least a
physical to Spiritual parallel or precursor of Messiah. A literal
"Shadow Of Things To Come," and also, a really good
example of the innocents of babies. Maybe now you can
recognize the reasoning behind this next verse.

1 Corinthians 14:20
Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice ye
are children, but (rather) in understanding be men (adults).

Note: In malice ye are children ! That is not an indicator


of "Self-less-ness."

Okay, so let me reiterate my previous statement:

That is why, even though babies go through the motions or


actions of sinning, they are not actually sinning or held
accountable until they understand the difference between
choosing "Good" over "Evil" or "Selflessness" over "Self."

Sin is not the apparent action of disobedience, but the


actual attitude that may or may not cause the action of
disobedience. For example, if Abraham had actually killed (sacrificed) his
son Isaac as instructed by Yahweh, Abraham would not have sinned,
because the attitude of Abraham was an attitude of obedience to Yahweh.
However, for (Abraham's Physical Seed's) Isaac's sake, he was spared.

Note: This was not only a test of obedience, but also, a


physical-Spiritual parallel (another precursor) of Yahweh and
the coming "Selfless Sacrifice of Messiah" (for the sake of
Abraham's Spiritual Seed).

Therefore, all Actions that a man (or woman) can bring upon himself OR
others is only accounted as an actual sin IF the action (OR plan of action) that
breaks (OR potentially breaks) any of Yahweh's Commandments (Law or Torah
of Love) is the result of a self-centered (not YHWH centered) mental attitude
(Spirit), and is an obvious indicator of the true intent of the heart (Spirit).

Matthew 5:27-28
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery;' but I
tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust (a mental attitude)
after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart (mind or
Spirit).

Romans 8:12-16
So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the
flesh. For if you live after the flesh (Self-centered), you must die; but if
by the (power of the Holy) Spirit (A Righteousness Seeking Mentality or
Attitude) you put to death (or put an end to) the deeds (or actions) of the
(lust of the) body (self-centered desire), you will live (receive eternal life).
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the "Sons of
God" (There is no difference between "the Sons of God" and "The
Children" of God").
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye
have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,
Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the
"Children of God" (There is no difference between "the Sons of God"
and "The Children" of God"):

Most readers of this message should realize by this definition that "The Ten
Commandments" is/are simply a condensed version of legal categories
wherein lie all of the possibilities in which mankind can devise to sin against
Yahweh. Within these ten categories lie disobedience to Yahweh's
Ordinances, Observances, and Holy Spirit. However, when viewed by a
"Righteousness Seeking Attitude (or "Holy Spirit") of Love, these Ten Legal
Requirements of Yahweh's Covenant with His True Believers are revealed
to be Two Laws of Righteous Love. The First and Greatest is directed
towards Yahweh; the Second is a reflection of the first, and is directed
toward mankind; BUT they are ALL directed away from "Self."

Matthew 22:37-40
37 Yahshua said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart (spirit), and with all your soul (Life), and with all your mind
(logic).'
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 A second likewise is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as
yourself.'
40 The whole law and the prophets depend (are based) on these two
commandments."

One further clarification: Babies are "Born into Sin," but this does
not mean they are sinners. To be "Born into Sin" simply means to be
enveloped by or subjected to sin. That envelope of sin is this natural world
(Satan's world of Human Nature), and babies and adults alike are "Made of
Flesh,", and are "Being Subjected" to sin by the five senses of our flesh.
Therefore, having the "Instinctive Will to Survive" they will ultimately sin.
Only Yahweh's Righteousness seeking (Holy) mentality (Spirit of God) can
separate us from our natural sinful mentality (lust) or "Attitude of Self."

Even Messiah "Rejected Self " (repented at his baptism unto repentance by John
the Baptist) prior to being tempted by Satan (Source of Human Nature)
immediately after his physical baptism. After all, the attitude of physical
survival ( physical life for SELF ) does not allow for the attitude of self-
sacrifice ( physical death of SELF ). This is not to say that Messiah did not
have the mental ability to consider "Self;" He obviously did or he could not
have been tempted, and he mentally or Spiritually agonized (suffered)
because of it.

Hebrews 5:5-10
5 So also Messiah glorified not himself to be made a high priest; but
he (YHWH) that said unto him, Thou art my Son, this day have I
begotten (appointed) thee (Hebrews 1:5, Psalms 2:7, Acts 13:33).
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the
(Righteousness Seeking) "Order of Melchisedec."
7 Who in the days of his (Messiah's) flesh, when he had offered up
prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him
(YHWH) that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that
he feared;
8 Though he (Messiah) were (an appointed) Son (A Righteousness Seeker),
yet he (Messiah) learned obedience (G-d does not need to learn anything)
by the things which he suffered;
9 And being made (taught to be) perfect (not created perfect), he became
the author (the inspirational writer) of eternal salvation unto all them
that obey him;
10 Called by YHWH a high priest after the (Righteousness Seeking)
"Order of Melchisedec."

Matthew 3:15-17 & 4:1-4


And Yahshua answering said unto him, Allow it to be so now: for thus
it becometh us to magnify all righteousness (which is something a
"Righteousness Seeker" would say). Then he allowed him.
16 And Yahshua, when he was (physically) baptized (to symbolize his
rejection of "SELF" for Righteousness Sake), went up straightway out of
the water: and, lo, the heavens (clouds) were opened unto him, and he
saw the (symbolic manifestation of the) Spirit (Righteousness Seeking
Mentality) of YHWH descending like (similar to) a dove, and lighting
upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven (the clouds), saying, This is (this day)
my beloved (appointed firstborn) Son, in whom I am well pleased.

4:1 ¶ Then was Yahshua led up of the (Righteousness Seeking) Spirit


into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil (Human Nature).
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was
afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter (Human Nature or Lust of The Flesh) came to
him, he said (in his own mind), If thou (speaking in his mind) be the Son
of God, command that these stones be made bread (thinking to feed
himself with his new powers).
4 But he (mentally or Spiritually) answered (reminded himself) and said,
It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God (which is something a
"Righteousness Seeker" would say).

Additionally, one must learn that death to "Self" is actually the beginning of
"Spiritual Life." Regardless of whether or not Messiah Yahshua appeared to
sin at anytime or not is not the issue here; the clear issue is that in Yahweh's
opinion Messiah Yahshua was a "Righteousness Seeker" at the time of his
selfless sacrifice on the torture stake. His purity was further reinforced by
the vow of the Nazarite Priesthood, which he openly proclaimed
approximately twenty-four hours prior to his selfless sacrifice. So was
Messiah Yahshua God himself ?. Answer: No, he was not, but he was "Like
Minded" or "As One" with Yahweh mentally or Spiritually speaking, as
are all of the "Children of Yahweh."

Colossians 3:5-6
Put to death (mortify) therefore your members (mental attitudes of
"Self") which are on the earth: (such as) sexual immorality,
uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry
(worship of "Self"); for which things sake the wrath of God comes on
the sons of disobedience.

Therefore, "Teach your children how to Share, to Give, and to Care For
Others . . . Teach Them How To Love! . . . . But, also, teach them how not
to be victims. If parents (relatives and friends too) would teach babies, and
children how to love (as defined by 1 Corinthians 13), our world would be a
much better place in which to live, and our prisons would not be
overcrowded.
So why are all humans born into sin (enveloped by sin)? Because it is to Satan
(Unrighteous Human Nature) that we are subjected in hope.

Choose Wisely,

because sin is not simply the breaking of the "Letter of the Law," but the
breaking of the "Intent of the Law." And the "Intent of the Law" is to
"Teach Mankind How to Love his Creator and his neighbor."