'k, which Christian churches do not believe in original sin

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  1. Sunflower_Momma

    Sunflower_Momma "Christian"

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    with the exception of Unity and LDS?

    Now, I'm not looking for a debate as to whether a church is "technical" Christian or not given their belief regarding original sin, just whether or not a church that identifies as being Christian believes in original sin or not.

    Also, I'm interested in the parent church as opposed to personal belief or aberrant belief expressed from the pulpit that is contrary to the official doctrine from said church.

    Thanks!
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    heythereheather A reading family

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    That's a good question. I'm not sure I know of any. I'll ask Carl later.
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    Sunflower_Momma "Christian"

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    I'm not sure that there are and if that is the case, it puts stuff into place for me big time.
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    annsni Amity's Focus Member

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    Hmmm - I know I'm even talking with some Baptists on a Baptist board who do not believe in original sin. I'm not sure of denominations, though.
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    Sunflower_Momma "Christian"

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    yeah, I think that's the part I'm most interested in: what the official parent church believes about original sin.
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    Dannielle Princess Nimble-Thimble

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    pretty sure that Quakers don't. I'd so be Quaker if they were conveniently located.
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    i was thinking that only catholic...and any variation of that DO...

    i would imagine that it's any of the churches that baptize infants.
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    Julie, I thought that. I didn't think it was in the doctrine of belief of the EFCA, for example. But it is. And I looked around at a couple more and found it in most.
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    interesting
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    Sunflower_Momma "Christian"

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    I'd bet anyone what subscribes to the Nicene Creed does.
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    OnTheBrink Amity's Focus Member

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    My guess is that most Christian denominations believe in original sin. Rob says he can't think of any off the top of his head that do not, but that it might be that some churches have a different understanding than we do.
    For instance, some churches believe that we are all born sinful. I believe something closer to the idea that "original sin" means a lack of holiness or divinity.

    And you are right to ask about the official teaching of the church as opposed to the members.
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    OnTheBrink Amity's Focus Member

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    Here's the Nicene Creed. I highlighted the part that stands out for me, but others might read that differently.

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    Dannielle Princess Nimble-Thimble

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    from here: Quakers in Canada

    I'm assuming Canadian Quakers are the same as US Quakers lol.
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    yes..i think it depends on what you mean. we do not believe in "original sin" so to speak...(meaning we don't believe that children need to be baptized..only after you are old enough to make that decision for yourself)

    but...we do believe in baptism for the forgiveness of sins like you stated above...
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    Sunflower_Momma "Christian"

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    LDS believes in baptism for the remission of sins, but they do not believe in original sin. Probably more like what it sounds as if the Quakers believe.

    Now, Julie, you've said "we," but I don't know what church "we" happens to be ;)
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    Sunflower_Momma "Christian"

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    :agreed:
    I've said the same thing for about the past seven years as well.
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    justthemama Amity's Focus Member

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    Yes, Julie, what is the "we?" I am finding this thread really interesting because I don't personally believe in original sin and that makes it tough as far as finding a church goes. (Dh was raised Catholic and I rarely went to church but it was usually non-denominational when I did go.)
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    ah yea..sorry. i attend a non denominational church of christ...but we really have several things that are different from the traditional church of christ.
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    That brings back memories of every single Sunday for 18 years!
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    A belief in original sin doesn't mean a church believes in infant baptism. For instance, in the EFCA Statement of Faith:

    And I've never been in an EFCA church that practiced infant baptism (the church denomination takes no stance on that particular issue; each church is free to decide, but most do believer baptism, not infant baptism).

    On Wikipedia (great source, I know. ;) ) it sounds like Churches of Christ, Christian Churches, and Disciples of Christ reject the doctrine of original sin. Original sin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Scroll down to Denial of Original Sin

    Mennonite church: Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee & Archives

    Believes that all choose to sin, but it doesn't say anything about a sin nature, which I would think more in line with original sin doctrine.

    this site original sin says that International Church of Christ believes all inherit the consequences of Adam's sin (physical death) but not his nature.

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