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Accountability To Whom And For What

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Submitted by Seamus MacNemi (United States), Jan 14, 2008 at 18:16

Nowhere in the Torah does it say that I must account for the sin of Adam. Neither must anyone else account for sins that are not his or hers. An individual must account only for his or her own sins and even then only to those against who that individual sinned. No person can be held accountable for acts of omission or comission that are not his or hers alone. It states repeatedly in the Torah that the son shall not be held to account for the sins of the father nor shall the father be held to account for the sins of the son. Wherefor then should we accept the teachings of Paul or Augustine?

What I am telling you is the foundation or the Torah Law as it is written and understood by the Rabbis. This is not the teaching of the Church. There is no concept of "Original Sin" in the Torah. This thing, purely and totally, is the invention of Paul and of Augustine. Ergo it has no authority in the community of the pious. Neither can it be claimed that Rabbi Yeshua died to deliver us from the sin of Adam. The death of Rabbi Yeshua was not a delivery from sin. Delivery was in his teaching and in his living. He lived to set us an example which, if we lived by it, we would be given a much fuller abundance of life.

If you do not believe what I am saying then ask any qualified Rabbi the same question. I would like to see the look on your face when he gives you his answer.

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