“Judaism does not believe in original sin.”

Depending on one’s definition of original sin, one may say that Judaism does or does not believe in this teaching. Psalm 51:5 states, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” This clearly teaches the inherent sinfulness of humanity. And, according to some Jewish traditions, all human souls were in Adam when he sinned. Thus, when Adam sinned, the entire human race fell with him.

There can be no question, however, that the Hebrew Bible teaches the universality of sin. Genesis 8:21 says that “… every inclination [Hebrew yetzer] of [humanity's] heart is evil from childhood .” And Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, ‘There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” Proverbs 2o:9 asks, “Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin’?” And Isaiah 53:6 states that “we all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.” The sinfulness of humanity is clearly taught throughout the entire Hebrew Bible.

Author: Dr. Michael Brown, as published in Sid Roth’s book, There Must Be Something More! (Brunswick, GA: Messianic Vision Press, 1994; Kindle Edition ©2009). Used by permission.