What is the…
fall of man to worldwide depravity
also known as: fall to sin, The Fall, original sin, and the universal depravity of Man
The history of the Fall is recorded in Genesis 2 and 3. That history is to be literally interpreted. It records facts which underlie the whole system of revealed truth. It is referred to by our Lord and his apostles, not only as being true, but as furnishing the ground of all God’s subsequent dispensations and dealings with the children of men. The record of Adam’s temptation and fall must be taken as a true historical account, if we are to understand the Bible at all as a revelation of God’s purpose of mercy.
The effects of this first sin upon our first parents themselves were…
“shame, a sense of degradation and pollution
dread of the displeasure of God, or a sense of guilt, and the consequent desire to hide from his presence.
The state therefore to which Adam was reduced by his disobedience, so far as his subjective condition is concerned, was analogous to that of the fallen angels. He was entirely and absolutely ruined.” —Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology
But the unbelief and disobedience of our first parents brought not only on themselves this misery and ruin, it entailed also the same sad consequences on ALL their descendants.
Hence, also, all his descendants inherit a corrupt nature. In all, by nature, there is an inherent and prevailing tendency to sin.
This UNIVERSAL DEPRAVITY is taught by universal experience. All men sin as soon as they are capable of moral actions. The testimony of the Scriptures to the same effect is most abundant (Romans 1; 2; 3:1-19, etc.).
“…all have sinned…” —Romans 3:23 excerpt
as it is written,
“There is none righteous, not even one;There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
All have turned aside, together they have become worthless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.
Their throat is an open tomb,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,
The poison of asps is under their lips;
Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness;
Their feet are swift to shed blood,
Destruction and misery are in their paths,
And the path of peace they have not known.
There is no fear of God before their eyes.” —Romans 3:10-18 LSB
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, both His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
For even though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the likeness of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions; for their females exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the males abandoned the natural function of the female and burned in their desire toward one another, males with males committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to an unfit mind, to do those things which are not proper, having been filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, violent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the righteous requirement of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. —Romans 1:18-32 LSB
This innate depravity is total: we are by nature spiritually “dead in your transgressions and sins” (Ephesians 2:1 LSB) and must be “born again” before we can enter into the kingdom of God (John 3:7, etc.).
Resulting from this “corruption of our whole nature” is our absolute moral inability to change our nature or to obey the law of God.
Are the word’s “Fall of Man” or “The Fall” in Scripture?
No, this expression is probably borrowed from the Book of Wisdom (apocryphal), to express the fact of the revolt of our first parents from God, and the consequent sin and misery in which they and all their posterity are involved.
However, humanity truly did FALL GREATLY…
|Before Adam’s sin||Afterward|
unending pure love
troubles and travails of all sorts
anxieties, fears, looming doom of death
total innocence of any sin
blameless and clean
loss of innocence
guilt of sin and of unending sins
given suitable circumstances, having the potential to do the most evil, wicked of deeds
evil spreads, to Adam’s firstborn son Cain, the first murderer
within relatively few generations the entire Earth was filled with grievously wicked people
spiritually alive—with all the enormous potential offered by life in eternity (infinite time and opportunities)
spiritually dead and blind
consumed by spiritual darkness
foolish thoughts and behavior, rather than seeking true wisdom
frequently blinded to reality (truth)
eternal physical life in bodies and minds endowed with the perfection of our Creator (all was “very good”)
doomed to physical death—Adam and Eve and their descendants
loss of health
lost physical presence of our Creator in His full glory
humans cannot dwell in His presence
eternal life with God in paradise with unending wonderful potentials and experiences beyond our imagination
Believe in yourself ???
“Just believe in yourself… Be true to yourself” is a common worldly view and message. Is that what God urges us to do? What does His Word reveal?…
YOU ARE SPIRITUALLY DEAD, if you are not born again.
Ever since Adam’s first sin, all humans are born spiritually DEAD, in rebellion against God and a continual slave to sin. If you have not been reborn into the Kingdom of God, you are in the kingdom of Satan, the Great Deceiver.
- See: What is spiritual regeneration (being born-again)?
One of the world’s biggest and most common sins is SELF-CENTERED EGOTISM—sinful pride and selfishness. This
Don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought (Romans 12:3).
Conceit comes before a fall into condemnation (1 Timothy 3:6).
- CONFIDENCE in what? Yourself? For a Christian, self-confidence is in who we are in Christ, not who we are in ourselves. He is our identity, and God’s Holy Spirit dwells in us. Believe in what GOD can do THROUGH YOU.
Allow the Holy Spirit of God to ALIGN YOU WITH GOD’S VIEW—your heart, thoughts and actions.
I must decrease, but He must increase. —John 3:30
- Don’t be a hypocrite—one way on the outside, and far different on the inside—in reality, believing in yourself, not God.
Why did God allow The Fall?
“Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this was so that the works of God might be manifested in him.” —John 9 LSB excerpt
Commenting on these words, John Charles Ryle (evangelical Anglican) well remarked:
“A deep and instructive principle lies in these words. They surely throw some light on that great question, the origin of evil. God has thought fit to allow evil to exist in order that he may have a platform for showing his mercy, grace, and compassion.
If man had never fallen, there would have been no opportunity of showing divine mercy. But by permitting evil, mysterious as it seems, God’s works of grace, mercy, and wisdom in saving sinners have been wonderfully manifested to all his creatures.
Cultural remembrance of The Fall
On the monuments of Egypt are found representations of a deity in human form, piercing with a spear the head of a serpent. This is regarded as an illustration of the wide dissemination of the reality of the Fall described in the Bible. In the mythology of Greece and Rome, there are representations of a “golden age”—an age of purity and innocence—which is lost, followed by a time when man becomes a prey to sin and misery. This also is regarded as a rememberance of The Fall.
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