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Is there anywhere in the Bible where Jesus admits to having sinned?

Asked by stump (3835points) December 10th, 2010

A friend of mine said that Jesus says somewhere, “I have sinned.” But I don’t remember ever reading or hearing that.

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AmWiser's avatar

You should probably look that up in a concordance.

Summum's avatar

Knowing what sin is no there is not a place where he said I have sinned.

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phaedryx's avatar

No, it’s a major point that he was sinless.

kess's avatar

Jesus Concept of sin is different from the religious concept of Sin.

Because he had a very clear understanding of exactly what sin Is He was able to live above it.
Did He do anything that was considered as Sin by others?

Yes He did, and you can find many examples within the new testament and even without.

Nevertheless, He knew Sin is only what a person make it to be and and not what others think sin is. Therefore a person can only create sin for themselves and for those who believe them.

Now with that knowledge He himself remained free from it from since a child.

Aster's avatar

Sounds like someone has Him mixed up with Jimmy Swaggart.

coffeenut's avatar

He most likely did, but we will never know it helps to have 30 years of his life convently left out of the bible

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

No. That was the whole point of his death. He was “white as snow” but he took all our sins upon himself to spare us.

Summum's avatar

When you know what sin really is then you know he did not sin.

Soubresaut's avatar

I’m a little fuzzy on the historical facts, (and please someone leap in and tell me if I’m wrong) but from what I know, while he didn’t sin, he was a problem to higher-up authorities who felt somewhat threatened by the people’s response to him and his new ideals. He was gathering quite a following, I think.
That he was put on the cross, then a commonly used punishment, because he was “sinning” by the eyes of those authorities. But having done nothing truly wrong, and having accepted the punishment anyway with his head held high, his torture was turned into a symbol of his love. Religiously, His love, and accepting the punishment for the sins of all humans, as God’s own beloved son.
That His people, then, began to use the cross as a symbol for Jesus and His sacrifice. (This stopped the use of the cross as a form of punishment, because its entire connotation had been changed.)

He wasn’t a sinner, but He was a bit of an intelligent rebel while He was on earth, basically, is what I understand.

Nullo's avatar

At no point does Jesus sin or admit the same. He is God, and God is the very antithesis of sin.

Summum's avatar

Where he took the sins of the world on himself was in the garden.

ninjacolin's avatar

He wasn’t a sinner. That’s the whole point of the story.

stump's avatar

@all Okay. What I am getting is that my friend is full of sh*t. That is what I thought. Thanks

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

@kess “Yes He did, and you can find many examples within the new testament and even without.”

Please provide a scriptural reference to that.

thekoukoureport's avatar

How can Jesus have been without sin when he was of human flesh who is subject to original sin. Anyone?

Trissinger's avatar

Jesus (Yeshua) fully embodied the most important teaching of the Old and New Testaments (of the Jewish writings and the Christian writings) of the Bible: to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your mind (the Greek in the New Testament adds, “with all your strength”)—- whenever Jesus ‘broke’ any of the rulers of his day’s teachings (those teachings of the Pharisees and of the Saducees, who were the Rabbis in the Jewish synagogues that Jesus (also Jewish) also taught in)—- whenever Jesus ‘broke’ any of their rules, he did so to honour God in a way that the Jewish rulers of his day were not honouring God. Many of the ‘rules’ that Jesus is accused by the then Rabbis of ‘breaking’ were additional rules that weren’t in the original teachings of the first five books of the Jewish (and Christian) bible.

In fact, Jesus was furious with these additional rules of the ruling Rabbis—- those ‘rules’ made it next to impossible for the ‘average Joseph’ to keep.

Though on the Cross, The Messiah Jesus did take the sins of the world upon him, as Christianity teaches. “He became sin for us” is a direct quote. (Sorry, I don’t know the reference—- you’ll have to look that up. Its somewhere in the New Testament.) But that doesn’t mean that he actually sinned. He became The Passover Lamb for all time and abolished the need for future sacrifices. (Those sacrifices in the Old Testament Scriptures of the Bible? They pointed towards the day when Jesus would become the one-time-sacrifice—- that’s what Christianity teaches. Respectfully, Judaism disagrees, though Messianic Judaism would agree with the Christian stance—- Messianic Christian Judaism, that is.)

Nullo's avatar

@thekoukoureport You might have noticed that Joseph didn’t really have all that much to do with Jesus, biologically speaking. It’s safe to say that He didn’t inherit anything from his parents.
Mankind is afflicted with original sin, but this was not always the case. Adam, for instance, was not, not until Genesis 3.

Blondesjon's avatar

He doubted his own father whilst on the cross and questioned him as to why he had let all of this shit happen.

i think mick jagger was there when jesus had his moment of doubt and pain

Nullo's avatar

@Blondesjon What, the “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” He had been forsaken. Part of the whole business about taking on the sins of the world. God cannot abide sin.

A less dramatic example of the same thing would be how your wife would rather you not wander around the house with the spoiled milk and rotten eggs.

meiosis's avatar

Matthew 5:22 “But I [Jesus] say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.”

Matthew 23:17 [Jesus says] “You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?”

So yes, according to his own words he sinned, badly enough to be damned.

Nullo's avatar

@meiosis Young’s Literal Translation renders the Matt. 5:22 instance as “rebel” and the Matt. 23:17 as “fool.”

filmfann's avatar

Nowhere in the Bible does He say that, or is it said about Him.

though He did wear white after Labor Day

Paradox's avatar

Jesus didn’t sin (according to anything I’m aware of). Perhaps the bigger question here is the fact the Bible claims Jesus was born in the flesh so he was just as vulnerable to sin as anybody else. There is debate as to whether Jesus was God himself or the Son of God. Did Jesus come close to sinning on at least one occasion? In some parts of the King James Bible it seems Jesus claims he’s God and then in other verses it seems like Jesus denies that he’s God (which in my opinion would make him more vulnerable to sin). I don’t know.

filmfann's avatar

@Paradox He doesn’t deny it, but He does skirt the question on occasion. Is that a sin of ommission?

kess's avatar

Realeyes please read my comments again, I am sure you did misread it.

Then read any one gospel, and you would find enough examples to choose from.

Plus they were written especially to show that Jesus was considered a sinner by many religous folks.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

I see @kess. You’re speaking of how the Pharisee’s viewed him, rather than his actual actions.

meiosis's avatar

@Nullo You can also find translations that both use the word fool. The King James edition, for example. But translation issues are the great get-out clause…

slauren14's avatar

Um, no. Kinda the point of being God and everything… : /

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

God or not, only a sinless one could die for all the sins of others. Thus, no matter what was said about him, divine or not, risen or not, if the main mission of Christ was to die for the sins of others, then if even that one part was true, even if from a delusional lunatic mortal, then no. Jesus the Christ was the spotless lamb.

mattbrowne's avatar

@Nullo – Jesus is seen both as the son of God and as a human being. He was a child before he was a grown up. We know little about this part of his life, but which child is without sin?

The Bible was not written or dictated by Jesus. The gospels do not describe Jesus’s whole life. But here’s an interesting part:

“When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.”

This means no one threw a stone. Including Jesus. He did not throw a stone either.

Summum's avatar

Christ took on the sins of the world in the Garden of Gethsemane not on the cross. Christ didn’t sin and didn’t ever say he did though his anger at those selling goods in the Temple was close.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

For me, @Summum, sin is the act of allowing purity to be tainted to the point of no longer being pure, yet in deception, insisting that it still is pure. It would have been sinful not to run the money changers out of the Temple. Anger is not a sin.

Summum's avatar

I was taught was sin is. Sin is simply this. The hurting of another soul including oneself. This is in deed or by words, in anyway that you can hurt another.

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RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Is it sinful for me to swat my child’s behind, hurting them physically and emotionally, in order to prevent them from stealing the candy or touching the hot oven door?

Paradox's avatar

@mattbrowne Jesus didn’t throw a stone at the woman either. Interesting, Though I was aware of the story you’ve mentioned I never looked at it that way.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

The lesson is about judgment, not sin. Christ’s first appearance wasn’t to judge or condemn, and so he did not. He was teaching the crowd to do the same. That lesson wasn’t about sin at all, though he used the term to reinforce his lesson about judgment and condemnation from those with no authority to do so. Christ discouraged the hypocrite.

filmfann's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies Proverbs says the opposite. Spank your children, or you will end up hating them.

mattbrowne's avatar

I don’t think Jesus thought of himself as the ultimate perfect human being.

BoBo1946's avatar

@mattbrowne no doubt…. that would be vain!

Nullo's avatar

@mattbrowne Jesus had to be without sin or there would be no point in His coming here in the first place. It wouldn’t be hard for God to avoid sin.
Adam was perfect, you know. Right up until the business with the sinning about the Tree.

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