The Doctrine Of

For Catholics and Orthodox Christians humanity was created for the purpose of sharing in God's own life. They believe that God ordained this purpose for humanity when he created people according to his own image and likeness, as is told in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. However, for Catholics and Orthodox Christians the sin of disobedience to God's command by the first man, Adam, interfered with God's plan. By disobeying God, human beings lost their way and became inclined to further disobedience and sin. Catholics speak of this condition as "original sin," which means that everyone is born into the world with some inclination toward sin.

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