Essay on The Christian Faith

1014 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
The Christian faith is solid in its belief in an all knowing and loving God of creation. However, God’s creation went quickly awry when Eve succumbed to temptation and sin entered into the world. Because Christians also believe that God is omnipotent and omnipresent, there are questions as to God’s implication, if any, in sin and evil. This paper will look at some of those issues. Though there are several Hebrew terms to signify sin, no special word is used for the first sin, that sin committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when the serpent enticed Eve to eat an apple from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve were faced with the first common dilemma – whether to obey divine will or to pursue human desire. Immediately, we see two type of sin: (1) a conscious decision (Eve) and (2) unwitting participation (Adam), sowing the seeds of separation between God and humanity. (Freedman, 2000). This “original sin” has two parts: original guilt and original corruption. Romans 5:12 seems to indicate that all individuals are guilty for this first act of sin. How can that be? There are two sides to the coin in answering that question: (1) realists say everyone was present in Adam as all are descend from him; and (2) those who take the representative view feel that God chose Adam to be the people’s representative, ergo, as goes Adam, so goes the rest of the race. If Adam is guilty of sin, so are individuals because Adam is the people’s representative.…

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