Christianity Thomas on 26 Nov 2010 12:36 am
An interesting question on Reddit:
and without a sense of touch, a literal vegetable with no way of ever knowing the outside world. He dies in the hospital without ever knowing God or religion in general, not even able to know what thought is, does he still go to hell? If he literally is senseless can he still commit sin? And if not does that mean he’s sinless, or does he still have original sin? If it’s the latter, why is it justifiable to punish somebody for the transgressions they weren’t even alive to do?
TL;DR- If there is a man with literally no senses and no way of communicating with the outside world, can he still commit sin, and will he go to hell when he dies?
And then look at this answer:
Sin is innate to our human nature, and inherited from Adam, so unless you’re going to argue that such a person is not really a human, then you’re going to have to argue that this person is sinful.
However, in order to argue that such a person cannot know God, you would have to argue that knowledge of God is purely learned via external means and that external religion is what gets us right with Him. Of course, we know from scripture that this is not the case.
To which there is an obvious response:
And how close to correct would your religious beliefs be without the Bible, which is external to you?
Why would ANYONE want to believe in such a ridiculous notion? The idea that children are innately sinful and evil is absurd, yet billions believe it. Why?