Romans 5:11-15 and 5:
How do you interpret these verses logically:
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death upon all men, for that all have sinned:
For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
But not the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
This seems to me that we do somehow inherit original sin from Adam.
The question is how?
- Is it by virtue of the fact that we all literally descend from Adam as St Augustine wrote? Or
- Is Adam a federal representative of all mankind from whom we all become sinners?
- Or is the story of Adam and Eve that simply gave a bad example to all that had been created by God? This would make the creation story simply an allegory. This British monk from the Province of Britain in Imperial Rome keeps popping up. The bad example play on the stage of life. I do no accept that.
I must accept what St Augustine believed. Sin was inherited even if there were more people than a literal Adam and Eve. Let’s say there were more people created than Adam. Over the billons of years that has been life, the genes of Adam and Eve must have spread into other tribes of people. I do not believe at this time in the bad example legend. How would the bad example spread to people who might not be able to communicate higher concepts. Good night my friends and have fun discussing this topic. I would like to hear what Swamidass and Lamoureux would say on this topic. Dr. Denis does not believe that Genesis 1-11 are historical: These chapters amount to allegory if I remember correctly. I believe Dr. Joshua would accept them as historical fact. I would truly like to hear them talk about them. I must rest now because my bones hurt. Oh, one thing. It seems from my David Frost/Billy Graham book that Billy accepted the creation story, even though he believed in evolutionary creation or at least could have accepted it.