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At the beginning of the Bible, Genesis, God creates the world and everything in it and pronounces each thing “good.” It is good. God creates and it is good. His design is perfect and His human creation is perfect. (Genesis 1-2)
Genesis 3 brings us to that one disastrous act. Yes, tempted by the seductive and subtle allure of lies being whispered to them by the serpent (the representation of all that is evil and all that is against God) Adam and Eve disobeyed God (sinned) and altered the spiritual DNA of every single person who was born after them. We are all descendants of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. The consequences given to Adam and Eve have been given to us as well. Psalm 51 discusses this.
DNA is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. DNA makes us who we are. We receive our DNA from our birth parents and from their ancestors. When we talk about spiritual DNA, we are not talking about our religion, we are talking about what we inherited from our ancestors. And that, sad to say, is the sin nature. That does not mean that we cannot choose a moral path, or do good things. However, God is perfect and holy. We were once perfect and holy, in the garden in Genesis 2, before Adam and Eve disobeyed God. However that all changed after that one act, commonly referred to as “the fall.” “We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners.” That is a fantastic encapsulation of this concept stated by R.C. Sproul, an American theologian.
For anyone who struggles to wrap their head around this concept, that we are born with a sin nature rather than we are born a blank slate or good because as a newborn, we have not yet done anything that can be determined to be good or bad, let us analyze further. As David laments in Psalm 51 (verse 7 in Tanakh which I linked here, verse 5 in Old Testament editions) “Behold, with iniquity I was formed, and with sin my mother conceived me.” David is not saying that he was conceived out of wedlock or his mother committed any sin in his conception, David is acknowledging the human condition of “fallenness” having that sin nature in him from the moment of his conception as it is an inherited condition. Other scriptures that discuss this are Genesis 8:21 “for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” Psalm 58 (verse 4 in Tanakh which I linked here, verse 3 in Old Testament editions) “The wicked become estranged [even] from the womb; those who speak lies go astray from birth.”Job 14:4 “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean one? Not one” Job 15:14 “What is man that he should be innocent, and that one born of woman should be just?”
God cannot embrace what goes against His holiness. And, there is no debate about the authority of God. It is really that simple. If we do not understand our sin condition, we will not understand the kind of savior we need or that we need a savior at all.
A fantastic explanation I recently read is as follows, “I saw a God whose nature was creative love. He made man in His own image for the purpose of forming new and free relationships with Him. But in his freedom, man turned away from that relationship to consult his own wisdom and desires. The knowledge of good and evil was not some top-secret catalogue of nice and naughty acts that popped into Eve’s mind when a talking snake got her to eat the magic fruit. The knowledge was built into the action of disobedience itself, It’s what she learned when she overruled the moral law God had placed within her. There was no going back from that. The original sin poisoned all history. History’s murders, rapes, wars, oppressions, and injustices are now the inescapable plot of the story we are in.” Andrew Klavan, The Great Good Thing.
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L’Chaim – To Life! “You shall let me know the way of life, the fullness of joys in Your presence. There is pleasantness in Your right hand forever.” Psalm 16:11
When Adam fell into sin, the result was every one of his descendants (which is each one of us, regardless of ethnicity/religion/color or anything else that people might use to divide people into different groups) also being “infected” with his spiritual DNA, the sin nature. David mourned this fact in Psalm 51:7 Tanakh (Psalm 51:5 OT.) “Behold, with iniquity I was formed, and with sin my mother conceived me.” This does not mean that his mother bore him illegitimately. His mother had inherited a sin nature from her parents, and they from their parents, and so on. David inherited this from his parents, just as we all do.
Even if we live as “upright” and “good” a life as possible, every single thing we do is out of the body of a sinner as a result of the inherited sin nature. (Isaiah 64:5 Tanakh [Isaiah 64:6 OT].) “And we all have become like one unclean, and like a discarded garment are all our righteous deeds, and we all have withered like a leaf, and our iniquities carry us away like the wind.”
It is like a dirty pitcher pouring out the water contained in it. There will be contaminants in the water because the pitcher is not perfectly clean. It is the same with us. We have inherited the spiritual DNA of our original ancestor, Adam. We are not clean. Spiritually we are dead, separated from God.
Job 14:4 “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean one? Not one.” Job 15:14-16 “What is man that he should be innocent, and that one born of woman should be just? Lo! He does not believe in His holy ones, and the heavens are not pure in His eyes. Surely [not] one who is abominable and impure, a man who drinks injustice like water.” Job 25:4 “How then can man be just with God, and how can one born of woman be clean?” Psalm 14:2-3 “The Lord in Heaven looked down upon the sons of men to see whether there is a man of understanding, who seeks the Lord. All have turned away; together they have spoiled; no one does good, not even one.” (Genesis 8:21, 1 Kings 8:46, Ecclesiastes 7:20)
As God is infinite and eternal (lasting forever, no beginning or end) and since all sin is ultimately against God (Psalm 51:6 Tanakh, Psalm 51:4 OT), only an infinite and eternal punishment is sufficient.