Alexander James Harris
BIB-104 Old Testament Historical Persp
August 28, 2010
The Lineage of Sin and Death
In this essay, I will be explaining the nature of sin and how it entered the world. First of all, let us define sin. According to dictionary.com, sin is transgression or violation of divine or supreme law, a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle, any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse etc.; great fault or offense. My definition of sin is disobedience toward Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Sin entered the world through Adam in the Garden of Eden immediately after he disobeyed God and ate of the fruit of the forbidden tree handed to him by his wife Eve (Genesis 3:6 ). While we are on the point of Eve handing Adam the fruit, the text says that Adam was right there with her (Genesis 3:6). Eve was somewhat deceived but, Adam knowingly and willfully disobeyed. Although Eve was deceived by that cunning serpent, she also knowingly and willfully disobeyed because, God whom she knew was her Creator, commanded her along with her husband, not to eat the fruit of that particular tree which is, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil(Genesis 3:3). As a result of the disobedient action of Adam and Eve, we are all born into sin since we are all descendents of Adam and Eve. Our situation with sin is like a baby with Aids. With that statement, certain questions must be asked. How does a baby get Aids? Does a baby stick needles in its arms or have sex? Better yet, did the baby do anything at all to catch the Aids virus or disease? The answer is that the baby did nothing but receive the Aids from the parents. It is the same with the disease of sin. We inherited the disease of sin from our parents, Adam and Eve. Unfortunately, we are not aware of a cure for Aids but, many are aware and as you read this essay, are being told of a remedy for sin. They are not being...
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