I was recently reflecting total depravity after reading from a site which stated,

Total depravity does not mean that man is as wicked or sinful as he could be, nor does it mean that man is without a conscience or any sense of right or wrong. Neither does it mean that man does not or cannot do things that seem to be good when viewed from a human perspective or measured against a human standard. It does not even mean that man cannot do things that seem to conform outwardly to the law of God. What the Bible does teach and what total depravity does recognize is that even the “good” things man does are tainted by sin because they are not done for the glory of God and out of faith in Him (Romans 14:23; Hebrews 11:6).

This brought up a question, "How could Jesus, while being a fully human baby boy, glorify God if the mindset of a baby is naturally self-centered?" Is it because Jesus, being fully God, allowed him to act fully as a human baby, but somehow glorified God simultaneously? Does anybody know how Christ was able to avoid Total Depravity at that age, while we weren't?

  • Are you asking if Jesus was subject to the concept of total depravity? Or are you asking how, if he was, that can be reconciled with him being God? – Flimzy Oct 14 '15 at 9:28
  • You are assuming that Jesus as an infant acted in a sinfully "self-centered" way. Allowing others to do things on your behalf when you are unable to do them yourself is not necessarily sinful. – Nathaniel is protesting Oct 14 '15 at 10:46
  • Neither, I would never say Jesus became subject to total depravity. Instead, I am curious on how he wasn't subjected to Total Depravity. I've been told that even at birth we are immediately fallen because we are unable to glorify God through our actions and thoughts. At the same time, I'm uncomfortable with saying Jesus had a split personality where one is being fully divine, and the other being fully human. That sounds like ancient heresy all over again. – Theo Christos Oct 14 '15 at 11:30

The simple answer is that God does things outside of our human comprehension. Jesus was 100% God and 100% man, at the same time. He was not split. He was not 50% God and 50% man. Because of that, he was not imparted original sin. Without original sin, Jesus could not be totally depraved.

How was he not imparted original sin? Like I said, it's outside of our human comprehension. But, we know he had no sin because of passages like:

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor. 5:21, NKJV)

And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. (1 John 3:5)

So, Jesus was not imparted original sin by the direct and miraculous actions of God.

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