ORIGINAL SIN (Biblical)
Thoughts Regarding Adam’s Original Sin:
“As related to the first Adam, men receive from him nothing but guilt and the sentence of death.” — Letter 68, 1899 • Ellen G. White
We are all born as fallen, corrupted, sinful, guilty beings who are sentenced to death … as a consequence of Adam’s fall in the garden of Eden. He was the King, Representative, and Father, of the human race and the ruler on planet earth. When Adam fell, he forfeited this planet and it’s inhabitants to Satan’s control. We are all born the lawful prey of Satan. To be saved we must be born again of the Spirit of Christ. We must come under the rulership of the second or last Adam—Jesus Christ—either by our own decision or by the faith of those in authority over us, if we are too young to decide for ourselves. Jesus Himself was born human, as we are, yet without sin, without corruption. He was never sick and was spotless in body and character. He shows us what divinity and humanity combined can become. What we can become when we are united with Christ.
Hope For A Hopeless Race (PDF)
Hope for a Hopeless Race
By One Man’s Disobedience
Original sin is the doctrine which holds that human nature has been morally and ethically corrupted due to the disobedience of mankind’s first parents to the revealed will of God. In the Bible, the first human transgression of God’s command is described as the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden resulting in what theology calls the Fall of mankind. The doctrine of original sin holds that every person born into the world is tainted by the Fall such that all of humanity is ethically debilitated, and people are powerless to rehabilitate themselves, unless rescued by God.
Review and Herald, April 16, 1901, par. 5
“In the fulness of time Christ was to be revealed in human form. He was to assume the position of head of humanity by taking the nature, but not the sinfulness of man.” — Ellen G. White
“We have reason for ceaseless gratitude to God that Christ, by His perfect obedience, has won back the heaven that Adam lost through disobedience. Adam sinned, and the children of Adam share his guilt and its consequences; but Jesus bore the guilt of Adam, and all the children of Adam that will flee to Christ, the second Adam, may escape the penalty of transgression. Jesus regained heaven for man by bearing the test that Adam failed to endure; for He obeyed the law perfectly, and all who have a right conception of the plan of redemption will see that they cannot be saved while in transgression of God’s holy precepts. They must cease to transgress the law and lay hold on the promises of God that are available for us through the merits of Christ.” — Faith and Works, p. 88.3 • Ellen G. White