Hang on, y’all. We’re about to get “churchy” up in here. I am going to write about sins and whether the original sin is THE original sin, which we are all stuck with as our own sin, or if it’s just the original (meaning first) sin.

It all starts out in the Garden of Eden. We see that Adam and Eve have eaten the forbidden fruit. Then, God comes back to the garden. He knows they’ve sinned, they can’t deny it. He’s, shall we say, less than enthused. There are consequences. Here’s the question:

“Does Adam and Eve’s sin flow down to us, becoming our sin, too? Or are we just at the mercy of the consequences of their sin?”

This is where we have to look at the nature of sins. If a man sins, does his son have to plead for forgiveness to God for his father’s sin, as if he (the son) committed it? Not according to the Bible. Jesus regularly said to people who their sins were forgiven them. Never once did he say, “Thy sins and the sins of thy parents, which are on thy head, are forgiven thee.” Why should the sin of our first parents or any other ancestors be any different?

Do we have to repent for David scheming and murdering to wed Bathsheba? No. Do we have to repent for Solomon taking many wives and concubines and forgetting his God? No. Do we have to repent for Peter denying the Christ three times before the cock crowed? No. Why? They were not our sins. We didn’t choose to commit them…they did. And, He clarifies this in Deuteronomy 24:16:

“The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”

Thus, we can equally say that Adam’s sin not our sin, but we are at the mercy of the consequences of his choice. We read in Romans, chapter 5, that because of Adam’s choice, sin and death entered the world. Well, that means that we are mortal, and we can each sin. Being mortal and being able to sin does not mean that we are born with one sin already committed. It means we are born into a body that WILL die, and that we are capable of sin.

See, God is big on agency…free will…making choices. If we TRULY don’t know something is a sin, it’s not a sin. We read in John 9:41:

“Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”

We also see that God gave humans, from the first, free will – meaning, He would give commandments, but they had the capacity to do whatever they wanted – and experience consequences for actions. In Genesis 2: 16-17, we read:

“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

If we, as humans, could not choose our actions (have free will, otherwise known as agency), then their hands would have been stayed from being able to take the fruit even off the tree, and each of our hands would be stayed from committing our sins. However, because they could act as they wished, they chose to disobey the Lord, after buying the lies of the Lucifer. The consequence is that they became mortal (in that day, they would begin their death), and that sin was introduced into the realm of possibility for everyone. There was never any discussion of their children already being born with this sin on their heads, only the real consequences of the first parents’ actions.

For those of you who think I’m full of baloney, here’s what ya do. Ponder this, search the scriptures, have a real desire to know the truth, and read James 1. Then, pray earnestly for the Holy Ghost to testify of the truth of the matter to your heart. Voila! And, have a lovely day. 😀