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How Adam’s Story Affected Humanity

The story of Adam and Eve has been heard by nearly everyone, religious or not, passed on through casual conversation and debate. While some may believe differently, its common belief by many that Adam affected humanity’s very core. Stated in Corinthians 15:2, “Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the first man”. Essentially, when Adam sinned, he gave all mankind not just the ability to sin, but irrevocably the taint of stemming from sin, and being sin itself.

“Just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so sin spread through all men” (Romans 5:12). When Adam sinned, he affected all mankind in a way that cannot be described properly. Adams actions which are described are commonly referred to as the fall, as in the Fall of Adam. We become conflicted with the fallen condition, mortality. In this we are separated from God and must suffer death, while often being tested throughout life with temptations that give us no sincere gain or promise, which in other possible past outcome, would not be there. There is a variation of religious material which may be quoted or used in context to shine light on this reasoning, but even for those who are not seeking answers to the question on how the Fall of Adam affected our human life and destiny, the answers are still prevalent in many texts.

In God’s image, he created Adam and Eve, and through the Fall of Adam, the image of man changed, along with his nature. Before Adam sinned, many things were different. Life was peaceful and divine, nature was untarnished, a person may live forever, pain was essentially nonexistent, and childbirth was not hurtful. As we can see, these are not the realities we face today. The world was intended to be an idyllic place where people were pure and all things untarnished, but man was separated from God, there was evil introduced into the world, and pain along with death were made inevitable. Before the Fall, no savior was needed, but after, that was no longer so.

Adams fall impacted every single creature in existence, passing on the ability and the desire to sin. Because Adam sinned, humanity as it were was completely tarnished and life completely altered.