Fall, The

<<man’s original sin>>

This is the term given to the major incident when Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Gen 2:16,17, 3:1-11).  This sinful act of rebellion was a catastrophic blunder causing not just the first humans to fall out of intimate relationship with God and His high ideals but it affected, and continues to influence, all aspects of God’s creation (Gen 3:16-19). This sinful nature or bias towards evil was passed on to all

      Christ died to remedy                           the situation

following generations, resulting in physical death, disease and hardship with relationship issues (Ps 51:5; Rom 5:12; 1 Cor 15:21,22). As a result “Mankind loves darkness rather than light because their actions are evil” (Jn 3:19).

 Having chosen to live independently of the creator in whom is the meaning of our existence, fallen humanity seeks that meaning elsewhere, for it is impossible to cease from being spiritual creatures. This search can lead into superstition, idolatry, witchcraft, the occult, unnatural and evil activities, immorality, New Age beliefs and false religions. Satan doesn’t mind people engaging in counterfeits of Godly spirituality, as long as they don’t connect with the real Saviour – Jesus Christ who can save them from a lost eternity. Jesus came (the first Advent) and made it possible for humanity to return to a right relationship with God through the salvation experience. Those that have a real, life-changing encounter with Christ have passed from death to life, and will escape a lost eternity (Jn 3:16,18, 5:24). Salvation is only found in Him (Jn 14:6; Act 4:12; Eph 2:8,9). At the end of this age (the second Advent of Christ) the effects of the fall will be finally outworked as those who continue to practice sin will be banished to hell, for “The wages of sin is [spiritual] death…” (Rom 6:23).

See also: Adam, consequences, disobedience, Eden-Garden of, Eve, rebellion, salvation, sin/sinners, temptation.

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