As I write about “The Fall” I am not writing about the weather, although September 22nd is the beginning of Fall.
This devotional has nothing to do with the change of the season.  It has to do with the beginning of creation as recorded in the Book of Genesis of the Bible.   Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created…”  God brought everything into being, out of nothing He made Heaven and Earth and everything in it.  The crowning act of creation was to make man,  Since no suitable helper for man could be found among all the animals, so God took man’s rib and formed a woman.  God saved the best to the last.  Man and woman had everything their hearts could desire.  The Garden of Eden was Heaven on earth.  Just one exception and that was that God forbid them from eating of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The warning was very clear, no misunderstanding, “you must not touch it, or eat it, or you will die.”  But, they messed up, they disobied God and ate and brought sin and shame upon themselves.  Due to their sin, they were driven from the Garden, out of the presence of God.

Original sin and total depravity are taught by some. 
  Augustine (354-430 A.D.) first promoted the idea that “the fallen nature of Adam was transmitted biologically through sexual procreation.”  This became Roman Catholic theology.  Martin Luther and John Calvin continued this teaching in the Protestant Reformation coming down to us today in the form of Original Sin or Total Depravity.

Is humanity sinful from birth? 
   Is it true that when Adam and Eve fall, their sin, guilt, was imputed (inherited) by all of his descendants?  I do not believe that this is the case.  Scipture teaches that man is personally responsible for their actions.  
Infants have no sin, not held accountable by God.  Sin, guilt cannot be transferred through the blood although consequences can be.  Sin is something that we do, an act contrary to God’s teachings.  It is incredible that God would condemn people if they were born sinners and committed sin because of the nature with which they were born. We are slaves to our own lusts, ruled by our passions and desires

Jesus was fully a man.
  If the doctrine of orginal sin is true, then one of two things must be true; either Jesus was born a sinner or he was not a man.  I believe that Jesus was fully man, tempted as we are, yet without sin.  We cannot deny His deity nor deny His humanity.  He was flesh and blood, born of woman, and shared our humanity, yet He was perfect.  Jesus is our example.  He struggled with sin, as do we.  He overcame temptation and so can we.

Man is a free and responsible moral being.
  2 Peter 1:3-4 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 

One Response to “THE FALL”

  1. Thank you Max for this devotional. You have really clarified a lot on this subject. I have always known what sin is, and also that babies are not sinners they are so young. Babies ,if they die or might I say, aborted do not go to hell if they are not baptized . You I gave so much scripture to prove this ! I enjoyed the S.S. class this morning ! I know so many others are being blessed from these devotionals.
    Love and Prayers, Joann

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