Original sin

Why are we being punished for Adams sin? I didn’t choose to be born into this sinful world.

Hi Dan,

Our first parents were created in a privileged state that we would have inherited, without merit, had they not sinned. In the same way, we have lost, through them the privileges that we would have enjoyed had they not sinned. In other words, we are now in the normal state of creatures without special privileges : subject to the flesh and its passions, mortal and destined to die.

Here’s a more theological explanation from the Catechism of the Catholic Church :

403 Following St. Paul, the Church has always taught that the overwhelming misery which oppresses men and their inclination towards evil and death cannot be understood apart from their connection with Adam’s sin and the fact that he has transmitted to us a sin with which we are all born afflicted, a sin which is the “death of the soul”.Because of this certainty of faith, the Church baptizes for the remission of sins even tiny infants , but for all human nature. By yielding to the tempter, Adam and Eve committed a personal sin, but this sin affected the human nature that they would then transmit in a fallen state. **It is a sin which will be transmitted by propagation to all mankind, that is, by the transmission of a human nature deprived of original holiness and justice. And that is why original sin is called “sin” only in an analogical sense: it is a sin “contracted” and not “committed” - a state and not an act. **

405 Although it is proper to each individual,** original sin does not have the character of a personal fault in any of Adam’s descendants. It is a deprivation of original holiness and justice, but human nature has not been totally corrupted: it is wounded in the natural powers proper to it, subject to ignorance, suffering and the dominion of death, and inclined to sin - **an inclination to evil that is called “concupiscence”. Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ’s grace, erases original sin and turns a man back towards God, but the consequences for nature, weakened and inclined to evil, persist in man and summon him to spiritual battle.

Does this answer your question?


Here is a link to the Catechism section that contains the 2 paragraphs Verbum quoted (in case you would like to read more on “Original Sin”).

That’s kinda how it works, sorry. The First Humans sinned, transgressed against God,
placed his judgement over God’s, now humanity is fallen. We all as a result are spring-
ing from a dead creation, so we are also born dead, and into a fallen world. That’s why
Jesus came, who could do what no other man could, to be born sinless of a virgin, ful–
fill the ENTIRE Law, and die the perfect death, thus offering up the Perfect Atonement
for Sin. Now all we have to do is cling onto Christ and his righteousness and salvation
from there is easy.

Don’t start questioning the Creator now, for
that was the sin that brought about all this
whole mess in the first place.

Some really good posts. I just want to stress that it’s not a punishment, it’s a consequence.

I thought it was also a punishment, but equally, we receive the benefits of Christ’s resurrection, though we did nothing to deserve that, either.

It seems to be that we are all one. What happens to one, in a sense, happens to all. It’s sort of like in sports, teams. One person gets a goal. All get a goal. One person fails, all fail.

Or, it is like nationality. If one American has an accomplishment, it is as if all Americans got it.

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