Ask a Pastor Column

Presenting biblical answers to tough questions

Q: I read in Romans 5:12 that death and sin are a consequence of Adam’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. If sin is Adam’s fault, then why are we still punished for it?

A: Great question! In order to find the answer we’ll start with the relationship between human nature and human choice.

Theologians commonly refer to Adam and Eve as innocent in nature (as opposed to God who has a Righteous Nature). They were a blank page, as such their nature would be determined by their choices. Adam’s decision to sin warped and corrupted his human nature, which was afterwards passed along to all his descen...


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