Original Sin

It is important to understand That we are born into original sin. There is no escaping it. Its origin begins in the garden and it is original because it is the first sin. When we study scripture, we find that God created Adam from the dust and breathed the breathe of life in him and he became a living soul. God then placed Adam in the garden and gave him freedom to eat from any tree, but commanded him to not eat of one tree. That was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. While in the garden, Adam was naked and was not ashamed. When Adam transgressed the law that God gave him, the Bible says that Adam’s image changed. He was no longer not ashamed but now he was naked and was ashamed. When Adam was removed from the garden, he knew his wife and she had children. One of the children was called Seth. The Bible teaches that Seth, was in Adam’s image. This would be like Adam’s fallen image. If we trace the genealogy from Adam to Noah, the blood line goes through Seth. This simply means, everybody is naturally born in the image of the fallen Adam.

Eph 2:3 among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

In the Old Testament, God required a sacrifice for sin. There were several different sacrifices for different reasons. There was the burnt offering that payment for “general” sins. The meat offering to show honor and respect to God in worship. The peace offering to express gratitude to God. The sin offering that made payment for unintentional sins and the trespass offering made payment for sins against God and others. The intent for these sacrifices was to draw people from the lust of sin and towards a relationship with God. Two things these offerings had in common: The sacrifices were not perfect and they were paid for by the sinner. It covered specific sins for a temporary amount of time. It is widely believed and accepted that when we are born, we are born spiritually dead and unable to have a relationship with God. Knowing we are born in sin and with the sinful nature, we cannot dismiss a doctrine that places us in need of Christ, even at birth. We can see this in a young child. If you tell them not to do something and then leave the room, chances are they will do what you told them not to do. If you ask them about it, without being taught how to lie, chances are they will lie. People like to defend them by saying they do not know what they are doing, but if you ask the child to tell you what you had told them, they sometimes will tell you. Also, if you catch them doing what you told them not to do, they will immediately stop doing it. The reason they will do this is because they know they were not supposed to do it.

The Bible teaches that there is only one way to heaven. That is through and by Jesus Christ. What Adam did in the garden, regardless if you believe or not, effected the entire human race. This is original sin. Many people understand and accept the fact that what Adam did effected all of humanity and because of his transgression in the garden, we are all born dead in his sin. The Bible seems to have scripture to support this claim and we are able to see the appearance of sin in children at a very young age.

Psalm 51:5-6 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

We see that David acknowledged that he was born in sin. The mere fact that any of us are born, means we are born in sin. It is God’s desire that we have truth in our hearts. How can we, who are born in sin, have a true heart? Only by the power of God can this be done. We simply do not have the knowledge or the power to accomplish this at any age. Many theologians teach that we are born spiritually dead, yet Christ teaches us something different.

Mat 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

I don’t think Christ’s message was that if we want to enter into the kingdom of heaven, we must have our spiritually dead adult spirit converted into a spiritually dead child’s spirit. The good news is, WE ARE BORN ALIVE! What Christ did on the cross, regardless if you believe it or not, also effected the entire human race! Even though we are born into the original sin of Adam, Christ with His love and compassion for us, and desiring us to have a true heart, sent His Son into this world to pay the penalty for sin. He paid the full price for all of us. When we are born, the blood of Christ covers the sin that is in us. He came to take away the sin of the world. Do we doubt that He failed to accomplish what He set out to do? The work Christ did on the cross was a far greater work than the Adam’s work in the garden. God didn’t send His Son to die on the cross so that He might have a relationship with some of us, He sent His Son into this world to pay the ultimate price for sin and to guarantee He would have a relationship with all us.

1 Tim 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

About D. Slone

The Lord has truly blessed me. I have a beautiful wife, Beth, and two lovely daughters, Emaly and Allyson. My wife and I belong to the Rock Fork Old Regular Baptist Church in the Indian Bottom Association. We enjoy going to church spending time with our family. Thank you for visiting this site. I hope you enjoy it and God Bless!
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