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RB, I don't follow Paul. I follow the Spirit of God and Jesus. There are many who try to feed us the false doctrine of original sin; that we are made in the likeness of Adam, the sinner, and are incapable of righteousness, thereby giving us a different image of ourselves. However, God knows who we are, what we are made of, and what we are capable of doing and achieving since He is the One who created us. Psalm 8:4 "What is man that You take thought of him and the son of man that You care for Him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God and have crowned him with glory and majesty." Each one of us is of great worth and value; having been given the gift of life, the gift of His Spirit, NOT for sin but for good works as it says in Ephesians 2:10 "For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand , that we should walk in them." He also made us to have dominion over the Earth as is said in Genesis. Since the truth seems to get lost through various means, Jesus came to remind us and bring us back to the knowledge of who God created us to be and to show us the way. We are instructed to put away our sin and FOLLOW Him. Once we come to this knowledge and do so we, are able to fulfill the purpose for which we were created and "move mountains". "With God anything is possible." This story of is illustrated in the story of Peter. As the disciples were out in the boat, Jesus was walking on the water toward them. He called to Peter to come out of the boat and join Him. However, Peter sank because he had no faith in the fact that God had given him the power to do such a thing. There are many people in the past and in the present who have followed the Spirit that God has given us and have testified of His greatness. It is because of this, we are told that we have no excuse(Romans18-21).