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Sin and its damning consequences were introduced in the Garden of Eden through the act of one man. Adam sinned, and his sin was the conscious rejection of the word given to him by his Creator. God, simply and explicitly, instructed Adam not to eat, but Adam, deliberately and willfully, ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Through his disobedience Adam brought upon the earth and its inhabitants a sinful state, a guilty position before God, and thus the potential for great personal evil. By eating he brought corruption and condemnation upon himself and his descendants.

From a state of righteousness to one of depravity and death was the instantaneous transformation experienced by Adam when he succumbed to the wiles of the tempter rather than demonstrating allegiance to his Maker, with the subsequent state of Adam becoming the inheritance of each individual descended from him.

Adam and the race were so identified that his deed was the deed for the race, and the consequences for him became the consequences for the race; what became true of Adam is thus true of every person born from him. It is so because it has been determined by God to be so.

Consideration will be give to the following topics:

        God's Command


        Adam's Rebellion

        Pattern of Rebellion

        The Speaking Serpent

        Confrontation with God

        By One Man

        Interpretations of Adam's Act

        Two Men: Adam and Christ

        The Principle of Identification


        Reflections on Physical Death




        Initial Religion

        Refused Responsibility


        Universality of Sin

        Creation's Groan

        Outside Eden

        Darkened Image

        The Natural Man

        Condemnation and Wrath

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