How can you trust your own reasoning if you believe you are a born sinner?

Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2015 05:05 am
IMO, it should follow that if you believe you are such a bad person, a born sinner, then your own self righteousness should be avoided firstly and especially by yourself, so you should actually not trust a thing you think, say or do.
So for believers of original sin, how do you manage to trust yourselves when you defend your stance...especially the part of trusting in faith or a god?
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Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2015 05:36 am
Sinner is a religious connotation and nothing else. Everybody "sins" and very subjective.
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Reply Fri 30 Jan, 2015 07:32 am
A person can be any degree of "sinner" from very mild to very wicked, and still be capable of reasoning, and indeed, of moral reflection.

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Reply Tue 3 Feb, 2015 11:39 pm
We are all born sinners, the main voice you hear in your head is your conscience, but if you really think about it, it is the holy spirit telling you to do the right thing. We are not suppose to do what we believe is right our eyes, but we are to do what God tells us(Ten Commandments) to do. For we will always sin and fall short of God's expectations but as long as we try to repent and have a strong faith for him, his son, and the holy spirit, we shall be okay.
Reply Wed 4 Feb, 2015 03:27 pm
There are many things you are born without the ability to do, Math for instance. In order to acquire math, you have to learn, to practice, and to accept that you will make mistakes as a part of your progression
Essentially the conscience and reasoning ability are acquired in the same manner. you have to learn, practice and accept that you will make mistakes as a part of your progression. Due to inherent imperfection, we will never perfect the art, we can only do our best to train ourselves to a degree that we can for the most part, trust our ability.

It is also important to remember that reasoning should never become static. You may reason one way this week, and after you consider new information reason another way next week. The key is to always give an honest appraisal of all new information when presented. (this is difficult when taking preconceived bias into consideration, so we just have to the best we can with what we have)
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Reply Wed 4 Feb, 2015 03:32 pm
Welcome to A2K Caleb, I appreciate your thoughts, and I hope you don't mind if I relay a couple of counter thoughts,

Since the 10 commandments are a selective portion of a collective 613 laws and statutes, do you advocate adhering to all of them, or only the main 10?

Which of Gods commands outside of the mosaic law would you advocate following?
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