Is it true that we are all born as sinners? Why do we have to pay for the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden? Are we sinners at birth? What does the Bible say?
How can we be born as sinners? Aren’t babies innocent at birth like most believe? Let’s not depend upon human wisdom or modern psychology for the answer. If we are to know the truth we must read what the Bible says about whether we are born as sinners or not. Consider these Scriptures:
Psalm 51:5 “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”
John 15:14 “What are mortals, that they could be pure, or those born of woman, that they could be righteous?”
Psalm 58:3 “Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.”
Job 14:1-4 “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble. He comes out like a flower and withers; he flees like a shadow and continues not. And do you open your eyes on such a one and bring me into judgment with you? Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one!”
Ecclesiastes 7:20 “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.”
Romans 5:14 “Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.”
Proverbs 22:15 “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.”
Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Can We Blame Adam and Eve?
It doesn’t seem fair that we are reaping what Adam and Eve sowed but the truth is that we would have done exactly the same thing as they did. As the Scriptures truthfully say, “just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12) “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22). From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is clear that each one of us is responsible for our own actions. We reap what we sow and we sow the death penalty by all rights. You could take the most righteous man or woman of God you know and put them in the Garden and they would make the same decision that Adam and Eve did. We can also not put all the blame on Eve because she was deceived. Adam went into it with his eyes wide open. He had no one to blame but himself. So Adam and Eve are not responsible for our sins…we are! We can not claim to be any better than they were or that we would not have made that decision to eat of the forbidden tree. We have the advantage of having the Book of Genesis and knowing what happened and what would happen. They didn’t! Was it Adam or Eve tapping you on the shoulder telling you to sin? No!
I am sorry to disappoint you but the Bible declares that there is no human born of women, save Jesus Christ, that is born without a sinful nature. Ephesians 2:3 says “All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.” Let us not deceive ourselves. If we were in the Garden, we would also have done what Adam and Eve had done. We can not judge them for “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). In fact, “no one living is righteous before you(God)” (Psalm 143:2) and “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8) and in reality, “there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God” (Romans 3:11).
The bad news is that no one deserves eternal life in Christ yet God does not leave us alone in our sins. Here is why the gospel of Jesus Christ is called the “Good News.” It’s because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21) and “since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2). That’s why the Good News is so good. It’s because the bad news of our wickedness is true that the Good News is so very good. Our God is good. He died to make a way for us and had the wrath that rightly deserved to be placed on us placed on Christ (Romans 5:9). If you will only believe that “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). If you have not repented of your sins, confessed them to God, and put your trust in Christ, you will pay for your own sins in eternity. Someone will have to pay for your sins. Will it be you or will it be Christ? I pray it is the latter.
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