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Was Jesus really sinless?



It’s often said by Christian apologists that Jesus was sinless, that he was the perfect man, but do the Gospels share this belief? The answer is a clear no. Anyone that reads the Gospels will find that they do in fact label Jesus as being a sinner.

All Gospels make it very clear that Jesus was baptized by none other than John the Baptist, now according to the Gospels, what was the purpose of the baptism?


Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene,   Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; (Luke 3:1-3)

So the purpose of the baptism was to get rid of people’s sins, the cleansing and washing of the person, is a sort of symbolical act, the person is cleaning and washing themselves from sin, as many Christians say, they’re born again Christians with the baptism.

The Council of Nicaea itself said that baptism was for the removal of sins:


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. (

Now if Jesus were sinless, he wouldn’t have needed to partake in the baptism right? Well according to the Gospels, we find the precise opposite, that Jesus was in fact baptized:

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan (Mark 1:9)

So the baptism according to the Gospels is to get rid of sins, the Council of Nicaea also affirms that the baptism is to get rid of sins, and now we see Jesus getting baptized, so what does that mean? That Jesus is sinless? Obviously not, the answer is clear and simple, per the evidence we have seen; Jesus was a sinner according to both the Gospels, and the Council of Nicaea.

This isn’t the only place in the Gospels were Jesus is shown to be a sinner, another example ironically comes from a story Christians are often fond of quoting, from the Gospel of John.

The Gospel of John relates what is now a very famous story, about the lady who committed adultery, and the people wanting to stone her, when Jesus comes and says that the one without sin, should cast the first stone:

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.  And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. (John 8:1-11)

So the whole moral of the story is that nobody is sinless to be judging this lady, everyone else has their own sin, so what gives them the right to stone her? Well Jesus is sinless right? But as the passages show, even he didn’t step up to stone the lady, telling her that he as well does not condemn her, so by the logic of the story, Jesus too is a sinner.

Jesus makes it very clear, if anyone is without sin, then cast judgment on the lady, nobody steps up, including Jesus himself, and Jesus has put down a marker for stepping up, being sinless. The fact that he too doesn’t step up shows that he alongside everyone else was not sinless.

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