He was living the life; a literal paradise. The garden that God had created was fresh and exciting, he had a beautiful wife and his relationship with God flourished. He didn’t even have to worry about a bunch of ‘do’s and ‘dont’s…
…Except for one: Don’t eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Then, one day, he ate. That was the first human rebellion against God. Since that time, the whole universe has been under a curse, and we humans just can’t keep our hands off sin. This is a really sad and unfortunate story and we experience the effects of Adam’s sin every day of our lives.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:22
In Adam, all die.
Why does the sin of one man, thousands of years ago, affect us? After all, you and I never tasted the forbidden fruit.
#1. Adam ate as the representative of the human race
On that day when Adam made a choice to rebel against God, he was the only man around (and Eve was the only woman). When he made the choice, he acted on behalf of all mankind yet to come. On our behalf, he took and ate, and on our behalf, the curse came. He ate as our representative.
#2. We were all “in” Adam when he sinned
Though none of us was born yet, we were all – in a sense – present in the Garden of Eden. The verse above says that ‘in’ Adam, all die. If you consider it from a scientific standpoint, all the genetic makeup for Adam and Eve’s children (and their children’s children, and so on) were there in Adam.
#3. In the same situation, you and I may have eaten, too
It’s easy to play the blaming game – especially when the one you’re blaming “did it” 6000 years ago. But if I’m honest with myself, I may just as well have eaten the fruit. When I hear the story of the first sin, sometimes I think,”That’s not fair. What’s so bad about eating a piece of fruit?” Or, “Why was God so hard on Adam and Eve.” These thoughts show a rebellion in my heart against God.
Theologically speaking, I don’t know if this tendency to rebel is only a result of my living under the curse or not, but I do know this: In that same situation, I may have eaten.
#4. That’s how God designed it
You could argue that the first three reasons are speculative, far-fetched and figurative. But even if there’s no way to concretely explain why Adam’s sin affects you and I, sometimes we just need to accept that God has made things to work a certain way. His ways are good. If we start thinking we know better, then we’re rebelling against Him, just like Adam in the garden.
For more on:
- The story of Adam’s sin: read the original story in Genesis 3.
- How Adam’s sin affected all who were “in Adam” and how Jesus’ act of forgiveness affects all who are “in Jesus”: read Romans 5:12-21 in the Bible.
- Adam’s sin and the death we experience as a result: watch Through Adam, Death on Youtube (There’s also a “part two.”.,
…because I encourage you to interact with me and other readers:
- How do you think you would have responded in Adam’s situation? Why do you think so?
- What are your thoughts on the second part of the verse: “[…]so in Christ, all will be made alive,”?
- What are some consequences you face today because of Adam’s sin?6000 years ago, a man ate a piece of fruit. Today, we experience pain and death because of it. How does that work? Let’s talk about it.
- Do you have another reason why Adam’s sin affect you and I?