[quote=BenRosa]I’ve been wondering about that thought for awhile. To expand on it, suppose Adam & Eve had never committed the first sin, original sin, nor any of their descendents. Question: Would we have still known Christ? Would the Son of Man had been made known to us (even though He would not have been our “savior” and made flesh)?
We may have known the Second Person, since as man advanced, God may have eventually revealed his Trinitarian nature. However, the Logos would not have been the Son of Man, because the Church in her liturgy seems to think that the Fall was necessary for that to happen. Hence, the important “Felix Culpa” line in the Exsultet at Easter Vigil:
“O happy fault! O necessary sin of Adam, which gained for us so great a Redeemer!”
Many (and I among them) believe that had the Fall not occured, we would still be within God’s friendship and destined to be with him (which was our original destiny), but not at the level we enjoy now because of the Incarnation and the Paschal Mystery. Because the Fall had to be remedied by man, only a man could make amends. However, man was not capable of making such amends; only God could do so. Hence God had to become Man, while remaining fully God, and the Incarnation made that so. The One who was fully God and fully Man died to pay the price for sin, rose to destroy the power of death, and ascended to be our eternal High Priest before the Father. Because of the Ascension, there is now humanity within the Godhead. And because we have been reconciled to God by one who was like us and united humanity with divinity, we have been called to adoption as sons, as St. Paul says, and partakers of the divine nature, as St. Peter writes. In other words, our destiny now is to share God’s very own life, and no longer live lives purely our own.
I believe none of this would have been possible without the Fall.