Innate Sin of Selfishness

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In the Confessions and the First Letter to the Corinthians, the respective authors delve into the nature of sin and prescribe solutions to problem of evil so that Christians can understand the existence of evil. Human nature defined by both Paul and Augustine is the pattern drawn from actions that humans without a stimulus. For Paul, the importance of love, and condemnation of the idea that all is permitted reveal his view of human nature. Augustine’s analysis of infancy and of his own sexual urges leads to a similar view of human nature. Both Paul and Augustine view the nature of humans as being selfish while striving towards satisfying one’s own physical needs. Paul rebukes the Corinthians based on rumors that they have interpreted his message as all actions are permitted. Paul quotes the Corinthians saying, “ “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:12-13). The conclusion to draw from Paul’s rebuttal is that the default actions that the Corinthians took after Paul left were those that were to satisfy their physical needs. Paul mentions that gluttony has struck the Corinthians and that gluttony in its very nature results in a physical satisfaction of being full. Although, not only were the Corinthians satiating themselves,

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