[quote="RKO, post:7, topic:307044"]
I am trying to come to terms with it. But I can't help thinking that Adam made a conscious choice to commit a sin, the same choice that I have made so many times. It sure seems to me that man has this predilection to sin, and Adam is no different than me.
The possibility that the most innocent of all, except for Jesus and Mary, should not enjoy the beatific vision because of Adam's sin seems to imply a lack of Mercy on God's part. Not because it seems "mean to babies," but because I don't understand why one man's sin damns the rest.
And if the argument is that man didn't have a predilection to sin prior to Adam's sin seems to be a non-starter. He faced a temptation and a choice and made the wrong decision. How is his particular sin so horrendous as to damn all of humanity? Seems to me that there have been much worse sins committed since.
Again, PLEASE don't take this as me trying to incite something on this forum, I promise you I am not. I am trying to understand these things that I hadn't ever considered before.
Also, this is not in my mind a "Catholic versus Orthodoxy" thing. I don't think my thinking on it is congruent with orthodoxy either...
I think I am seeing where your problem with this is, it took me years to truly understand the meaning of the sin of Adam and Eve myself.
See there is a True lesson here that people seem to miss.
Adam and Eve were told by God DO NOT eat from the forbidden tree. As you yourself stated they had free will, and they choose to turn away from God.
Here is the part I believe you are missing. They were thrown out of the Garden of Eden not for the SIN, but for refusing to REPENT!!
Go back and read it again, Eve first said the devil made me do it,. Now lets go to Adam what did he do when God came? He went and hid? Why? Guilt! Even Eve knew better she said to the Devil God told me not to. The devil said do it anyway. Just like life, who are we going to follow the devil or God. She choose the devil.
Then after Adam hid, he said EVE made me do it, then when that did not work he tried to blame his sin on God, He said you gave her to me.
Now rewind to today, God took away original sin by the cross. But not actual sin, And if we refuse to repent we will be just like Adam and Eve. We will REFUSE to repent our sin.
But Original sin is wiped away by Baptism, Christ made that possible. It is a lesson to us all to not let history repeat itself.
If Eve and Adam would have said Please forgive me Lord I have sinned. But they did not. They refused to repent the sin.
God came back and forgave us for that sin, Lets learn the lesson lets not let History repeat itself. Lets not let the O.T. become the N.T. and leave this world with un-repented sin. We want Back IN the heaven.