Answer: Yes. We know that a few of you will have difficulty understanding how a person could be responsible for an involuntary sin. Your difficulty is because of your ignorance. You can get help understanding how a person could be responsible for an involuntary sin from the Bible. You may also consult our 1000-page volume Sin and Free Will (link not active yet).
Answer: First, all sin harms. However, God does treat involuntary sin differently from voluntary sin. Now, you probably want to know what that difference is. Simply put, before the afterlife, the harm from involuntary sin is less severe than that of voluntary sin.
Answer: Before we answer this question we must define a couple of words.
What does the word “involuntary” mean? “Involuntary” means constituting something that is not chosen.
What does the word “sin” mean? “Sin” means moral failure; that is, an act that is not a righteous act.
The above meaning of the word “sin” is found throughout the Bible. The Bible also says that sin can be voluntary or involuntary. In addition, UPAX researchers have established that people are unable to distinguish voluntary behavior from involuntary behavior every moment of every day.
So, the answer to the question of whether an involuntary act can be a sin is:
Yes, an involuntary act can be a sin.
We add as a footnote that we have one million pages of research on the psychology of the will available to our readers.