What Happened When Adam Sinned?

Genesis 3 tells us what happened to Adam when he sinned, and the result of his sin. The first thing that happened to Adam was he died spiritually (more on this later).  He was cut off from God.  And what we see from Genesis 3 is that God said Adam would have to work from the sweat of his brow for his bread.  He would have to till the ground to produce crop.  God said concerning the woman that He would greatly multiply her pain in childbearing. And the last thing is that they were expelled from the Garden.  They were not allowed back into the Garden to eat from the tree of life, otherwise they would live forever.  We know from the Bible that Adam and Eve were created mortal.  Adam came from dirt.  Adam and Eve needed to eat from the tree of life (which they were given permission to eat from) to sustain their mortal body from decaying.

We don’t see anything in those passages that says Adam’s nature was affected.  It doesn’t say anything that his nature became corrupt.  It does not say anything about something transferring to his posterity.  The Bible does say he died. “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.”

Since Adam did not physically drop dead, it had to be a different death.  There is only one word for “death” in the Scriptures, so it is important to get the context.  God does say, “for in the DAY that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”  (Gen. 2:17)  How?  Did Adam drop dead the moment he disobeyed God?  No.  The only conclusion is that he died spiritually, and that is the same kind of death Paul is talking about in Romans 5 that people love to quote when trying to enforce the false doctrine of Original Sin.

Read Romans.  Paul talks about spiritual death (unless it is very clear that physical death is meant instead).  This spiritual death is a separation from God when a person sins. (see type of sins that can disqualify one from God’s kingdom – Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Eph. 5:5; Rev. 21:8).  The death that entered the world through Adam was not ‘drop dead’ the moment you sin, or we would all be dead, including Adam! So Genesis 3, as well as Romans 5, is not talking about physical death.  Not to mention, if you look at the context of Romans 5:12-21, Paul speaks of condemnation and justification.  The condemnation is referring to spiritual death, not physical, for those who are justified still die physically.

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Ro. 5:12).

Clearly, this passage is speaking of personal sin by imitation (‘because all sinned’) rather than inherited sin through imputation (that is not taught in Scriptures).  In fact, Paul reports there were some individuals who lived after Adam, who sinned NOT according to the “likeness” of his original transgression (Ro. 5:14)! As follows, sin is not a physical substance that is inbred in your flesh, rather, sinfulness is a result of living out aimless conduct received by tradition (or long practiced habit) from your fathers. (1 Pe. 1:18). Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and (spiritual) death through sin, and thus (spiritual) death spread to all men, BECAUSE ALL HAVE SINNED” (Gen. 2:17; 3:6; Ro. 3:23; 5:12; 1 Co. 10:13; Jas. 1:13-16)!

Does the Bible teach that all men are automatically made righteous by Christ apart from repenting and believing in the Gospel (Mk. 1:15; Acts 17:30-31; 20:21)? Of course not. Then why is it automatically assumed that all men are automatically made sinners by Adam apart from choice (Ro. 5:18)? The idea of original sin being hereditary is contrary to many parts of the Bible. For instance, Deuteronomy 24:16 states, “Fathers shall NOT be put to death for their children, nor children for their fathers…every man shall be put to death for his own sin”, while in Ezekiel 18:4 God confirms, “All souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine; the soul that sins, it shall die.” This being the case, why would God allow the transmission of sin?

Another passage thrown into the mix is 1 Cor. 15:21-22, but they only quote, “For as in Adam all die…”

“For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive” (1 Co. 15:21-22).

This passage is used to support the theory that ALL (spiritually and physically) die due to the transmission of Adam’s original sin. However, this passage is strictly speaking of physical death. The context is referencing the future (physical) resurrection of the dead (1 Co. 15). Hence, “even so in Christ all SHALL BE (future) made alive.”  According to Paul, physical death is a consequence springing from the man (Adam), just as a glorified body shall come in the future through the Man, Jesus Christ.

Now, how is it man dies on an account of Adam’s sin?  First, Adam was created mortal, that is, flesh and blood (Gen. 2:7; 3:19; 1 Co. 15:45-50). He was of the earth, “earthy” (1 Cor. 15:47-49).  We have this idea that Adam was created immortal, which the Bible does not say.  If Adam and Eve had to eat of the fruit from the tree of life to become immortal, then they were created mortal to begin with! Secondly, through Adam’s personal act of disobedience he lost for himself (and his descendants) physical access to the “Tree of Life” which he (and we) must eat from to physically “live forever” (Gen. 3:22). As follows, man physically dies due to being separated from this tree, which has its part in the future (Rev. 22:14). (see Flash Video: Adam)

Original Sin Cancels out Repentance!

The bottom line is that Augustine’s doctrine of Original Sin contradicts the Biblical truth about repentance.  Why would God command us to repent if we are not responsible – that we can blame it all on Adam instead?  The reason God tells sinners to repent is because they are responsible.  The Augustine doctrine of Original Sin denies that sinners have the ability to repent of their own free will, even from those who claim to be saved!  They give the idea that they cannot help sinning because they are born sinners.  Does God say anywhere that we have inherited a sin nature from Adam, and therefore can’t do anything but sin?  No, we learned if from Augustine’s teachings.  This doctrine teaches that man cannot repent, that man is incapable of repenting, and that God somehow has to tweak his will before he can repent.  Nowhere does Scripture give us this idea.

God tells man to forsake his sins, which means to repent (STOP SINNING). God is not going to do it for us, nor make us do it.  He gave you and I a free will to choose to do sin or to stop sinning.  In the Old Testament God did not have to tweak them over somehow to get them to stop sinning.   God commanded them to forsake their sins.  Once they had forsaken their sins, then they cried for mercy.  Think of a person living in adultery.  That person has to break off that adulterous affair.  That relationship must come to an end before he can ask his spouse for forgiveness, if he expects to be forgiven.  What is preached today is that a person can come to God in his sins – just as he is – all he has to do is confess his sins, but in the mean time there is no forsaking of those sins!  Do you expect your spouse to forgive you when you have no intentions of stopping your adulterous affair?  Yet we expect this from God?  God says that repentance that brings forth the fruit of a holy life is the way to obtain forgiveness and acceptance with Him. We stop the sin and beg for God’s mercy!  PERHAPS God will forgive us! “Repent therefor of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.” (Acts 8:22) The holy Spirit is only given to those who obey God (Acts 5:32).

There are many who hide behind the teaching of ‘Original Sin’ to excuse their sins.  In reality, they are blaming God for making them so.  You see, if we cannot help being sinners because of inherited sin, then we could not be blamed for our sins, or even told to repent of our sins!  You are only doing what is consistent with your nature and cannot do otherwise.  It is Satan’s masterpiece, this doctrine of Original Sin.  However, God says we are to blame for our sins!  He doesn’t say you can’t help sinning – he commands EVERYONE to repent (Acts 17:30), to “go and sin no more.”

Repentance can be found in all the Scriptures.  As Isaiah says, it is YOUR iniquities and YOUR sins that separates you from God.  It does not teach we are separated because of ‘Adam’s sin,’ or something resembling ‘original sin’ that separates us from Him.

God did not make anyone with a sinful nature.  When we sin, we sin against our nature! A simple lie detector proves this truth.

Rom. 2:14 says,  “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:”

Here are Gentiles who do not have the law, and though they do not have the written law, yet are a law unto themselves. There is a law written by God in their hearts, knowing what is good and evil, and his conscience bearing witness to it. They act what is innate and inherit within them. They do it by nature. When they do what is right, they actually do what is in the law, when they disobey, they are sinning against their nature. The Gentile who only has his conscience and creation around him does what is natural, and what is natural is according to the law of God, not according to something evil, twisted, and perverted. Sin would be acting contrary to your created essence. You would be acting differently from how you were created to act and that’s what makes it sinful.

Nowhere does the Bible teach that we are born sinners no matter how many times man tries to twist the Scriptures to fit a man-made doctrine.

The Bible is clear that man corrupts himself, it is not the state of his birth.  (Gen. 6:5-7; 11-12; Exodus 32:7-8; Ecc. 7:29;  Deut. 31:29; Deut. 32:5-6, 18)

For more information, please see Spiritual Death.

More later….

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7 Responses to What Happened When Adam Sinned?

  1. Cindy says:

    Much food for thought here…

  2. Cindy says:

    I have just started reading this carefully and noticed one possible mistake. It says that in Gen. 3, after Adam sinned, he would have to till the ground. I do not see that there. However, before he sinned in Gen. 2 it says this: Gen 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
    Gen 2:5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
    Gen 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
    Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
    Gen 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
    Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
    Is it possible man was meant to till the ground anyway, but after he sinned, getting food from the ground would be harder since there would be thorns and thistles? Just wondering…

    • dividingword says:

      Hi Cindy,

      I agree with you. But that was not my main concern. Either way, we know he had to work from the sweat of his brow from that day forward because of the ground being cursed. My main focus is how the teachers of today want to say that something happened to Adam’s nature when he sinned and thus passed that onto his posterity. The claim is that all babies are born sinners because of Adam’s sin, which is false.

      You might be interested in another article I have titled “Nature Explained.” And there are other articles about the flesh not being sinful, nor anyone born in sin.

      I also have a website that you are welcome to look over.

      www. dividingword.net

      Thank you for your comment. It is much appreciated.

      God Bless,
      Sandra

  3. Cindy says:

    Thanks, Sandra!

  4. SavedBerean says:

    I completely agree with everything this post has said. However, I do have a couple of questions that I have trouble in answering when defending this, and that is: “Exactly what is the purpose of the Holy Spirit’s dwelling in someone? Is it to help them not sin again?” I’m basing these questions on passages such as 1 John 3:3-11 and Romans 8:1-15. These passage seem to suggest the only people who are able to stop sinning are those who have the Holy Spirit. But I thought the Holy Spirit is given to you, and it’s definitely not in a sinner. So how can they “stop sinning” without the Spirit’s help? I also consider Romans 7 -I know Paul is not talking about himself, but illustrates a carnal man’s mindset. But I get confused when he says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” If the Spirit is only found in those who are “in Christ Jesus,” how can we tell a carnal sinner who doesn’t have the Spirit to “stop sinning” given what Paul just illustrated about their struggle with sin in Romans 7?

    I’ve personally concluded that one tells the carnal man/woman to obey the Spirit’s “convictional” influence by “repenting” or “changing their mind” about living in the flesh so that God will GIVE them the Spirit that will teach them how to go and “sin no more,” Am I wrong? Please help; I want to make sure I’m telling people the right things! Thanks!

  5. Jerry says:

    I have a question in regards to Adams fall. If the Spirit of God left Adam at the fall was he now indwelt by Satan?

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