What is Original Sin? *


Much of the language on Genesis' opening chapters is figurative. Nevertheless, the Catholic Church affirms that we find there a reference to a real event in time that took place at the very beginning of the human race--a tragedy unequaled in history, known as the Fall (see 3:1-24). We know few details, but the basic realities surrounding that fateful development are clear from the teaching of Scripture (here and elsewhere) and Tradition:

Other related scriptures: Ps 14:1-3; 53:2-4; Eccl 7:20; Sir 15:11-20; Rom 3:9-18, 23; 1 Cor 15:22; Heb 4:15.


Catechism of the Catholic Church: 396-421


*Quoted from The New Catholic Answer Bible: A-4. Wichita, Kansas, Fireside Catholic Publishing, 2005. www.firesidecatholic.com


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