It’s a common teaching among Christian churches, that man is born a sinner. But this isn’t true! The man of God’s creating was born sinless and perfect in every way. Understanding and demonstrating this reality is a matter of perspective.
When I was a youngster, I was taught through the material senses that I was an athletic incompetent. I was the last boy around the track when running laps in PE (physical education class). I could not climb a rope like all the other boys. During the wrestling section of PE, I would be pinned in a few seconds flat. I didn’t know how to throw a football. I tried to play basketball but was encouraged by the coach to quit. There was nothing physically wrong with me. I just couldn’t do anything athletic with success. So, I decided that athletic incompetency was my fate, and I quit trying to prove otherwise.
Until 40 years later when I took a tennis class with my son and fell in love with the game.
I was a poor player but got determined to improve. I decided that God gave me the ability to express athletic talent just as much as anyone else, and that I could prove it. And with persistence and steadfast determination, I learned the game, and became successful enough to work my way up to playing at a Nationals tennis tournament. The illusion of athletic incompetency was finally broken, and I am grateful.
If someone with vision would have taken me aside 50 years ago and told me that I was capable of being athletic, and to never give up, I might have snapped out of that dream of athletic incompetency much sooner. But that’s okay. I’ve learned the lesson!
The same experience happens to people raised under the illusion that man is born a sinner. The material senses would constantly confirm that sinful behavior, mistakes, poor judgement, and mortality are the realities of man. But the material senses are wrong! They are not reliable indicators of reality. They never have been. Only through spiritual reasoning can correct conclusions be drawn about the realities of man.
Man is born of Spirit, in the image of God (*John 4:24 and Genesis 1:27), the Bible teaches. The Adam mortal was never God’s man, for Adam was taken from the dust of the ground, not created in the likeness of Spirit.
Jesus Christ came to teach us about our divine heritage, that we are the offspring of God, not the product of dust (*John 3:6). God’s offspring are not born sinners. They are sinless. “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11), Jesus would often say to those he healed of sinful behavior. Or in other words, “Live true to your sinless selfhood made in the image of God.”
We each need to claim our sinless selfhood made in God’s likeness. We are not prone to making mistakes, indulging in selfish behavior and messing up all the time. We are intelligent children of God, expressions of the divine Mind, that think and act wisely and for good outcomes.
Yes, sin needs to be admitted when committed so that it can be corrected, but it’s not the primitive state of our being anymore than athletic incompetency was the fact of my being. It never was. I needed to be woken up to reality, and when I was, what tremendous freedom I found!
Each of us can find breath-taking freedom from sin by waking up to the reality of our being. Man’s primitive state is not from senseless dust, but of intelligent Spirit. And Spirit is sinless. We are sinless, in God’s image. “Man is incapable of sin, sickness, and death” Science and Health, p. 475, Christian Science explains.
So, shake free of any false teachings you might have picked up in earlier years through the material senses teaching that man is a born sinner. He is not. The true man is born of God, found in Christ, and never capable of sin.
Man is sinless. In God’s image, you are sinless. Claim this as your ideal for identity and experience the awesome freedoms it brings.
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” John 4:24.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” Genesis 1:27.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” John 3:6.