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Ezekiel 18:19-32 talks about how we do not carry over our parent's sins. Does this conflict with the idea of inheriting original sin?

Original sin can be likened to one whose parents are taken into captivity and thrown into a dungeon. Their offspring have no choice but to born into that same state of captivity and within that same dungeon, and their children after them, and so on. Since the fall of man, all offspring of humanity was born with original sin. Christ, the Only Begotten Son of the Father, was born without original sin, but took the flesh of humanity from St. Mary. Thus, He obtained the penalty of the sin without being a bearer of the sin. Therefore, the penalty of death could not bind Him after His death because He was not convicted under the sentence of death, whereas humanity could not escape death under the penalty of original sin. Sins committed during one's life are on an individual basis and will vary. Nonetheless, as we witness today, although one may be kinder and less prone to sin than another, each one is still under the sentence of death for original sin. The only remedy for liberation from the inheritance of original sin is the Holy Sacrament of Baptism, having died with Christ, may then rise with Him.
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