posted on Dec, 31 2012 @ 10:59 AM
Here's how I view original sin:
- God told Adam and Eve to never touch the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because it
would kill them.
- Satan comes along and wants to screw up God's creation, so he tells Eve that God forbade it because eating it would make them "like God." (Adam
was standing right there too, by the way, and heard all of that.)
- They believed Satan and ate it because their self-interest in becoming like God outweighed their desire to obey God.
That was the original sin. They chose to annoy God by disobeying him, knowing that annoying God was wrong. That disconnected them from God in
the spirit by angering him; they weren't acting out of love but selfishness. He threw them out into the cold hard world, and then
having kids. But Adam and Eve had always
had within them the ability to sin, just like their kids did. Abel probably sinned a few times too.
God created Adam and Eve with the capacity for sinning built right into them... but they didn't "die" until they chose
So here's the main point. Sin always requires conscious intent. You cannot sin accidentally, or without fully understanding what you're doing.
Newborns do not have the ability to decide things for themselves. They are therefore born sinless, and up until they commit their first sin, they
absolutely are not condemned to hell. They are alive in the spirit until the first time they lie, or steal, or think mean-spirited thoughts about
... and at that instant, just like Adam and Eve, they die spiritually and only Jesus can give them a second rebirth if
they'll accept him.