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Jacob
June 22nd, 2017, 01:57 PM
Shalom.

Are you without sin?

What does this question mean for me and for you?

I believe that the Spirit of God dwells in me.

Shalom.

Jacob

Truster
June 22nd, 2017, 02:16 PM
Blessed is the man unto whom YAH VEH imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

Jacob
June 22nd, 2017, 05:13 PM
Blessed is the man unto whom YAH VEH imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
Shalom.

Shalom Truster.

Shalom.

Jacob

Truster
June 23rd, 2017, 12:47 AM
You were weird, you are weird and your weirdness is increasing.

Jacob
June 23rd, 2017, 06:27 AM
You were weird, you are weird and your weirdness is increasing.
Shalom.

Why do you say that?

Shalom.

Jacob

Truster
June 23rd, 2017, 06:59 AM
Shalom.

Why do you say that?

Shalom.

Jacob

I use the term weird, because that is what you are and that is what I mean.

Jacob
June 23rd, 2017, 07:12 AM
I use the term weird, because that is what you are and that is what I mean.Shalom.

Okay. But I do not understand when you say that.

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 23rd, 2017, 07:17 AM
Shalom.

Are you without sin?

What does this question mean for me and for you?

I believe that the Spirit of God dwells in me.

Shalom.

Jacob

Of course I sin , and if I say I don't then the truth is not in me ;1 john 1:8.
But the bible says that while in my sin Christ died for me that I may overcome it .


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Jacob
June 23rd, 2017, 07:21 AM
Of course I sin , and if I say I don't then the truth is not in me ;1 john 1:8.
But the bible says that while in my sin Christ died for me that I may overcome it .


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Do you have forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ?

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 23rd, 2017, 07:35 AM
of course , or else what would be the point ?

Jacob
June 23rd, 2017, 07:48 AM
of course , or else what would be the point ?Shalom.

This is good. Do you understand then that you have been granted the free gift of eternal life?

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 23rd, 2017, 07:52 AM
havnt we all ?

Jacob
June 23rd, 2017, 08:02 AM
havnt we all ?Shalom.

All who have repented of their sins and have faith in God and Jesus.

See



Romans 10:8-10


Romans 10:8-10 NASB - 8 But what does it say? "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART"--that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 23rd, 2017, 08:07 AM
God provided a way that we are ALL forgiven and reconciled to Him. This is an open invitation to any one who accepts. He will not force himself upon anyone and the accepting of the invitation is really quite simple.

jamie
June 23rd, 2017, 08:58 AM
Are you without sin?


I am for the time being, but I could choose to sin.

"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." (Romans 8:1)

Jacob
June 23rd, 2017, 01:19 PM
I am for the time being, but I could choose to sin.

"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit." (Romans 8:1)

Shalom.

You can choose not to sin, or choose to not sin. Is sin for me? No, not me. No, not sin. Choose to obey God. Obedience to God is not sin. Disobedience is sin. Disobedience is transgression of the law, if disobedience is sin and if all sin is transgression of the law. We are talking about the law, of God. It is in the KJV as follows.



1 John 3:4


1 John 3:4 KJV - 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Shalom.

Jacob

jamie
June 23rd, 2017, 02:43 PM
1 John 3:4 KJV - 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.


John's statement refers to the law that Jesus did not come to destroy, not the Law of Moses which was for a particular nation for a particular time period.

The law Jesus referred to is indestructible, it is an everlasting law. It is the Spirit's law.

Jacob
June 23rd, 2017, 02:46 PM
John's statement refers to the law that Jesus did not come to destroy, not the Law of Moses which was for a particular nation for a particular time period.

The law Jesus referred to is indestructible, it is an everlasting law. It is the Spirit's law.

Shalom.

Are you talking about Matthew 5:17-19?



Matthew 5:17-19


Matthew 5:17-19 NASB - 17 "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Shalom.

Jacob

jamie
June 23rd, 2017, 02:59 PM
Are you talking about Matthew 5:17-19?


Yes.

Jacob
June 23rd, 2017, 03:09 PM
Yes.
Shalom.

Do you see that it says that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets?



Matthew 5:17-19


Matthew 5:17-19 NASB - 17 "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 23rd, 2017, 03:49 PM
Shalom.

Do you see that it says that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets?



Matthew 5:17-19


Matthew 5:17-19 NASB - 17 "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Shalom.

Jacob

What do you think the word fulfill means ?


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Jacob
June 23rd, 2017, 04:14 PM
What do you think the word fulfill means ?


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To do.

Shalom.

Jacob

jamie
June 23rd, 2017, 05:20 PM
Matthew 5:17-19



"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder,' etc." (Matthew 5:21)

That law.

Jacob
June 23rd, 2017, 08:34 PM
"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder,' etc." (Matthew 5:21)

That law.
Shalom.

This may involve looking at more scripture than what I mentioned. Thank you for providing your scripture reference, adding it to the conversation.

I observe the Sabbath, and it will be coming here soon. Enjoy the Sabbath if you can or if you do.

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 24th, 2017, 02:35 AM
Shalom.

To do.

Shalom.

Jacob

In other words to complete , achieve , being to fruition , being about accomplish . Jesus achieved it on our behalf .


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Jacob
June 25th, 2017, 06:34 AM
In other words to complete , achieve , being to fruition , being about accomplish . Jesus achieved it on our behalf .


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See Romans 8:1-4 to see the reason that your statement needs to be corrected.



Romans 8:1-4


Romans 8:1-4 NASB - 1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 25th, 2017, 07:16 AM
Shalom.

See Romans 8:1-4 to see the reason that your statement needs to be corrected.



Romans 8:1-4


Romans 8:1-4 NASB - 1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Shalom.

Jacob

I think it is saying exactly what I am , that that the law , thanks to Jesus , and only Jesus has been completed that we may now walk in the spirit and not in the ways of the flesh.


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Jacob
June 25th, 2017, 07:52 AM
I think it is saying exactly what I am , that that the law , thanks to Jesus , and only Jesus has been completed that we may now walk in the spirit and not in the ways of the flesh.


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Shalom.

You have a spirit, and God has a Spirit. Or rather God is Spirit. I am talking about the Holy Spirit.



Romans 8:9, 16
2 Corinthians 13:5
John 4:24


Romans 8:9 NASB - 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

Romans 8:16 NASB - The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,

2 Corinthians 13:5 NASB - Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you--unless indeed you fail the test?

John 4:24 NASB - "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 25th, 2017, 08:01 AM
Shalom.

You have a spirit, and God has a Spirit. Or rather God is Spirit. I am talking about the Holy Spirit.



Romans 8:9, 16
2 Corinthians 13:5
John 4:24


Romans 8:9 NASB - 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

Romans 8:16 NASB - The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,

2 Corinthians 13:5 NASB - Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you--unless indeed you fail the test?

John 4:24 NASB - "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

Shalom.

Jacob

Think your going slightly off topic . We are a spiritual being in a body of flesh . Both want feeding . The Holy Spirit comes along to join with our spirit and remind us of spiritual things .
It makes sense that there is no way in our fleshly body that we could keep the law , which is why Jesus fulfilled it on our behalf .


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Jacob
June 25th, 2017, 08:36 AM
Think your going slightly off topic . We are a spiritual being in a body of flesh . Both want feeding . The Holy Spirit comes along to join with our spirit and remind us of spiritual things .
It makes sense that there is no way in our fleshly body that we could keep the law , which is why Jesus fulfilled it on our behalf .


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Shalom.

You are not to live according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.



Romans 8:4-5


Romans 8:4-5 NASB - 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 25th, 2017, 09:15 AM
Shalom.

You are not to live according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.



Romans 8:4-5


Romans 8:4-5 NASB - 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Shalom.

Jacob

For those that walk In Spirit and truth the law has been fulfilled in them . For those that live by the flesh the law is all they have .
If the law worked faith would be irrelevant, Romans 4:14


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Jacob
June 25th, 2017, 09:34 AM
For those that walk In Spirit and truth the law has been fulfilled in them . For those that live by the flesh the law is all they have .
If the law worked faith would be irrelevant, Romans 4:14


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Shalom.

I do not see what you are saying in Scripture.

John 4:23-24 NASB - 23 "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 25th, 2017, 09:37 AM
Shalom.

I do not see what you are saying in Scripture.

John 4:23-24 NASB - 23 "But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

Shalom.

Jacob

My point is simply that Jesus fulfilled the law in His perfect spirit so that when we choose to also worship in spirit and truth that law is also fulfilled in us .


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Jacob
June 25th, 2017, 09:54 AM
My point is simply that Jesus fulfilled the law in His perfect spirit so that when we choose to also worship in spirit and truth that law is also fulfilled in us .


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Shalom.

No.

I do not know what you mean by perfect spirit. These words are not found together in Scripture.

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 25th, 2017, 09:58 AM
Shalom.

No.

I do not know what you mean by perfect spirit. These words are not found together in Scripture.

Shalom.

Jacob

Your right , Jesus was perfect ... agree ?
That's why God sent Him .... yes ?
Jesus in His perfectness and goodness wether that be in his flesh or spirit didn't abolish the law but completed or fulfilled it .
So all of us that choose to live in the spirit is free from the law .


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deborah
June 25th, 2017, 09:59 AM
Your right , Jesus was perfect ... agree ?
That's why God sent Him .... yes ?
Jesus in His perfectness and goodness wether that be in his flesh or spirit didn't abolish the law but completed or fulfilled it .
So all of us that choose to live in the spirit is free from the law .


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I think we will never agree , you have already told me you live by 613 laws and commandments.


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Jacob
June 25th, 2017, 12:45 PM
Your right , Jesus was perfect ... agree ?
That's why God sent Him .... yes ?
Jesus in His perfectness and goodness wether that be in his flesh or spirit didn't abolish the law but completed or fulfilled it .
So all of us that choose to live in the spirit is free from the law .


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I think we will never agree , you have already told me you live by 613 laws and commandments.


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Shalom.

From Matthew to Revelation there are 1050 Commandments.

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 25th, 2017, 12:48 PM
Shalom.

From Matthew to Revelation there are 1050 Commandments.

Shalom.

Jacob

And do you keep these commandments ?


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Jacob
June 25th, 2017, 12:52 PM
Your right , Jesus was perfect ... agree ?
That's why God sent Him .... yes ?
Jesus in His perfectness and goodness wether that be in his flesh or spirit didn't abolish the law but completed or fulfilled it .
So all of us that choose to live in the spirit is free from the law .


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And do you keep these commandments ?


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Shalom.

Yes.

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 25th, 2017, 12:55 PM
Shalom.

Yes.

Shalom.

Jacob

Well without wanting to offend I do have my doubts , I struggle with just the 10 !
But in keeping all these commandments (which is pretty impressive, if true ) why was Jesus necessary ?


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Jacob
June 25th, 2017, 04:23 PM
Well without wanting to offend I do have my doubts , I struggle with just the 10 !
But in keeping all these commandments (which is pretty impressive, if true ) why was Jesus necessary ?


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Shalom.

See the following.



Romans 3:23
Romans 3:25
Romans 5:1
1 Corinthians 15:7


Romans 3:23 NASB - 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 3:25 NASB - 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;

Romans 5:1 NASB - 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

1 Corinthians 15:7 NASB - 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;

It was necessary, for, the following.



Hebrews 9:23
Luke 24:26


Hebrews 9:23 NASB - Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

Luke 24:26 NASB - "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?"

Shalom.

Jacob

deborah
June 26th, 2017, 02:19 AM
[QUOTE=Jacob;5051488]Shalom.

See the following.



Romans 3:23
Romans 3:25
Romans 5:1
1 Corinthians 15:7


Romans 3:23 NASB - 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 3:25 NASB - 25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;

Romans 5:1 NASB - 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

1 Corinthians 15:7 NASB - 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;

It was necessary, for, the following.



Hebrews 9:23
Luke 24:26


Hebrews 9:23 NASB - Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

Luke 24:26 NASB - "Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?"

Shalom.

Yes we all fall short of the glory of God , as romans 3:23 states . Do you think by keeping the law you escape this clause ? ... No of course not ! The only way we can stand righteous before God is because Jesus was entirely necessary .


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Yoḥanon-benYaʿăqov
June 27th, 2017, 06:16 AM
Asking a question such as “Are you without sin?” is somewhat problematic. To begin with, precisely how are you defining the word “sin?”

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the Noun – sin as:
1 a: an offense against religious or moral law
b: an action that is, or is felt to be, highly reprehensible – “it’s a sin to waste food”
c: an often serious shortcoming: Fault

2 a: transgression of the law of God
b: a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God

And defines the Verb – sin as:
1: to commit a sin
2: to commit an offense or fault

Unfortunately, none of these definitions have anything to do with any of the Hebrew Nouns or Verbs translated as “sin.”

The Verbs – חֵטא – ḥétʾ and – חָטָא – ḥataʾ both mean: “to miss the mark,” “to fall short,” “to err,” etc. The Masculine Noun – חֶטְאָה – ḥet’ah and the Feminine Noun – חַטָּאת – ḥattaʾt both mean: “accident,” “error,” “inadvertence,” “mistake,” “shortcoming,” etc.

Think of it this way: You are an expert archer and you hit everything you aim at every single time. One day while shooting an arrow at the bulls-eye of a target a sudden gust of wind blows your arrow off target. Had it not been for that unforeseen occurrence you would have hit the bulls-eye, but do to circumstances outside of your control you missed.

That is precisely what a ḥattaʾt is: an accident, mistake or error. It is when you accidentally violate a Mitz’vah without even knowing that you are doing it. So the question here is: Can you live without accidentally violating a Mitz’vah?

For gentiles the answer is very simple: Yes you absolutely can live without accidentally violating a Mitz’vah. This is because it is impossible to accidentally violate any of the Sh’vaʿ Mitz’vot b’néy Noaḥ. You cannot accidentally commit idolatry; you cannot accidentally blaspheme; you cannot accidentally commit murder; you cannot accidentally steal; you cannot accidentally perform an illegal sex act; you cannot accidentally eat the meat of an animal with its life (blood) in it; you cannot accidentally not set up courts of justice.

For Jews it is a little more complicated, because Jews have 606 more Mitz’vot to follow than gentiles. There are a great many Mitz’vot that can be violated accidentally. For example: You can accidentally open the refrigerator door on Shabbat out of force of habit.

The bigger question should concern whether or not a person can live without committing any – עֲווֹנֹת – ʿăvonot or – פְּשָׁעִים – p’shaʿiym, which are willful and intentional violations of Mitz’vot. You have to actively choose to commit these types of offenses. You cannot accidentally become a serial murderer or a serial rapist. So can a person live without committing these offenses? Absolutely, just don’t do them, it is exactly that simple.

A ḥattaʾt or “sin,” is a mistake, error or accident, things that we normally have no control over. Have you ever made a mistake on a math test, or a spelling test, or a science test? I am not talking about answering a question incorrectly simply because you did not know the correct answer. I am talking about accidentally writing the incorrect answer when you actually knew the correct answer. Circumstances such as these are precisely what ḥattaʾot, or “sins,” are.

According to Judaism, every single human being that has ever emerged from a uterus is born 100% free of “sin,” Jew and gentile alike. A person is not even capable of committing a sin until they have a complete and accurate understanding of the difference between right and wrong.

This is a far cry from chr-stianity which teaches that all human beings are born with the stain of “original sin” and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Nothing remotely similar to this concept has ever existed in Judaism. Each and every person has the choice to do what is good, or choose to do what is bad. So the choice is yours; choose to do what is good and you’re good to go, nothing else needed.

Jacob
June 27th, 2017, 11:26 AM
Asking a question such as “Are you without sin?” is somewhat problematic. To begin with, precisely how are you defining the word “sin?”

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the Noun – sin as:
1 a: an offense against religious or moral law
b: an action that is, or is felt to be, highly reprehensible – “it’s a sin to waste food”
c: an often serious shortcoming: Fault

2 a: transgression of the law of God
b: a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God

And defines the Verb – sin as:
1: to commit a sin
2: to commit an offense or fault

Unfortunately, none of these definitions have anything to do with any of the Hebrew Nouns or Verbs translated as “sin.”

The Verbs – חֵטא – ḥétʾ and – חָטָא – ḥataʾ both mean: “to miss the mark,” “to fall short,” “to err,” etc. The Masculine Noun – חֶטְאָה – ḥet’ah and the Feminine Noun – חַטָּאת – ḥattaʾt both mean: “accident,” “error,” “inadvertence,” “mistake,” “shortcoming,” etc.

Think of it this way: You are an expert archer and you hit everything you aim at every single time. One day while shooting an arrow at the bulls-eye of a target a sudden gust of wind blows your arrow off target. Had it not been for that unforeseen occurrence you would have hit the bulls-eye, but do to circumstances outside of your control you missed.

That is precisely what a ḥattaʾt is: an accident, mistake or error. It is when you accidentally violate a Mitz’vah without even knowing that you are doing it. So the question here is: Can you live without accidentally violating a Mitz’vah?

For gentiles the answer is very simple: Yes you absolutely can live without accidentally violating a Mitz’vah. This is because it is impossible to accidentally violate any of the Sh’vaʿ Mitz’vot b’néy Noaḥ. You cannot accidentally commit idolatry; you cannot accidentally blaspheme; you cannot accidentally commit murder; you cannot accidentally steal; you cannot accidentally perform an illegal sex act; you cannot accidentally eat the meat of an animal with its life (blood) in it; you cannot accidentally not set up courts of justice.

For Jews it is a little more complicated, because Jews have 606 more Mitz’vot to follow than gentiles. There are a great many Mitz’vot that can be violated accidentally. For example: You can accidentally open the refrigerator door on Shabbat out of force of habit.

The bigger question should concern whether or not a person can live without committing any – עֲווֹנֹת – ʿăvonot or – פְּשָׁעִים – p’shaʿiym, which are willful and intentional violations of Mitz’vot. You have to actively choose to commit these types of offenses. You cannot accidentally become a serial murderer or a serial rapist. So can a person live without committing these offenses? Absolutely, just don’t do them, it is exactly that simple.

A ḥattaʾt or “sin,” is a mistake, error or accident, things that we normally have no control over. Have you ever made a mistake on a math test, or a spelling test, or a science test? I am not talking about answering a question incorrectly simply because you did not know the correct answer. I am talking about accidentally writing the incorrect answer when you actually knew the correct answer. Circumstances such as these are precisely what ḥattaʾot, or “sins,” are.

According to Judaism, every single human being that has ever emerged from a uterus is born 100% free of “sin,” Jew and gentile alike. A person is not even capable of committing a sin until they have a complete and accurate understanding of the difference between right and wrong.

This is a far cry from chr-stianity which teaches that all human beings are born with the stain of “original sin” and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Nothing remotely similar to this concept has ever existed in Judaism. Each and every person has the choice to do what is good, or choose to do what is bad. So the choice is yours; choose to do what is good and you’re good to go, nothing else needed.

Shalom.

Thank you. I choose to do what is good.

Shalom.

Jacob