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The Original Sin


Its origin and its consequences

Genesis 2.7: "The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the earth, he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life and the man became a living being."

The Lord (Yahweh Elohim) the Master of the universe, made man in his image, such is the distinct character of man. God formed Adam in the dust and breathed in him the spark of life that can not be extinguished. Eve was formed on her side as he slept. The human then became a living soul. This divine breath has made it a privileged being connected to its creator. He gave her a perfect body; intelligence; eternal life and dominion over all animals in the Garden of Eden. The human race, at the beginning of the sacred writings, is instituted to the sanctity and divine origin of marriage, one man and one woman: one flesh. A perfect creature of an exceptional level, who has free will and reflects the greatness of God.

Genesis 2.8: "And Jehovah God planted a garden in Eden eastward, and set there the man whom he had formed."

What raises us as man is not our physical abilities; mental or our language, but it is the assurance of a life beyond death in the inheritance of our Supreme Creator. If our body is to return to dust, our soul, the immaterial part of our being, is indestructible and immortal. Human nature can only be in a relationship of dependence on God.

Genesis 2.16: "And the LORD God commanded a man, that you may eat of all the trees of the garden, but you shall not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; eat, you will die."

In the Garden of Eden, Adam freely disposed of everything except the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He was therefore forbidden to go beyond the limits of what God wanted for him. Yielding to Satan's false suggestions, Eve violated God's will to free herself from guardianship. The human refuses what God wants for him, he refuses to be dependent. This disobedience was a contempt for the Word of God, a challenge to his authority.

Genesis 3.1: "The serpent was the wisest of all the animals of the field, which the LORD God made, and said to the woman, Did God really say, You shall not eat of all the trees of the garden ?"

In every man, the deep tendency to act contrary to the will of God is "sin," acts, words, feelings that violate the Divine will. The new faculty, acquired by disobedience, made him a responsible being, knowing how to discern good from evil, but incapable of doing good and abstaining from evil. His very nature inherited from Adam, and which the Bible calls "the flesh," can not be subject to God's law. With sin, comes death which is the wages, entered the world and after Adam, she marked all her descendants, because all sinned.

Romans 5.12 : "Therefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and by sin death, and so death was spread over all men, because all sinned, for until the law sin was in the world, and sin is not imputed when there is no law."

The tree of knowledge of good and evil was good to eat, pleasing to the eye and precious to open the mind. Whatever the exact nature of this tree, literal, figurative or symbolic, the essence of the sin of Adam and Eve is in part the following: the transfer of the direction of their life with God to themselves. It is a desire for autonomy, from the Greek "autonomia": the right to govern oneself by one's own laws.

Romans 8.7: "For the affection of the flesh is enmity against God, because it does not submit to the law of God, and it can not even."

God had told them, in essence, that they could do whatever they wanted except to eat the forbidden fruit. It was a test of their obedience. When, despite God's command, they did this thing, they themselves became their own master. Many biblical texts associate divine sovereignty with human responsibility.

Hebrews 9.27 : "And as it is reserved for men to die once, after which comes judgment...."

Death, to which man, because he is a fisherman, is precisely subject, is not the final settlement of accounts. The Bible clearly tells us the following two statements: Man chooses to obey or not to obey God. In the Bible, man's freedom from God is not synonymous with independence, autonomy, but liberation, free access and assurance.

Revelation 2.7: "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."

Conclusion: original sin is disobedience, no longer listening to God, but the way of lying. This led to the breaking of the covenant between God and humanity. In the beginning, God created man to share with him his love and his fullness. But when Adam and Eve rebelled and followed their own path, sin entered the world. Now, because he is not only a God of love, but a holy and just God, his very nature could not accept sin. So, the tree of life could be a real food of immortality, showing that immortality depends on something that is outside of us. Eternal life is only found in divine sovereignty. Thanks to a unique Savior: the Lord Jesus Christ, humanity can regain its lost condition. So, the tree of life will be accessible again to those who have washed their robes in the Blood of the Lamb.

Romans 6.23 : "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Amen !