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All Of Us Have Sinned Against God
Construction Zone 6: God's View of You
Stage: 6

Question Answer
When Adam disobeyed God in the garden, did it cause everyone born after him to be sinners like him?

Yes. Through Adam, sin and sin's consequences came into the world and to all people. Romans 5:12b – Through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Adam’s choice affected everybody born after him. Each of us would probably have done exactly what Adam did. For many reasons, Adam was our best chance to reject sin and to live perfectly before God. He was the representative of the whole human race. When Adam fell, we all fell.

Adam’s did not reflect God’s image rightly, so all of us now are born with a sinful nature. That means our spiritual condition is automatically sinful. We do not even have to commit a sin in order to be sinful. We are sinful because we are humans. We descended from Adam, so we are sinful and guilty like he was.

Think about a network of computers. When a computer virus hits one computer, it can spread to literally millions of them because
they are all connected. As humans, we are all connected to Adam and Adam’s sin. But it is not only sin that spread to all people – it is also the penalty of sin! The Bible says that death has passed upon all men. If it were not for God’s kindness and love to us, we would be totally hopeless.