Why am I being punished for Adam and Eve’s sin?

First of all, what was Adam and Eve’s sin? God told them to not eat of the fruit of one tree in the garden. Satan tempted Eve saying, ” . . . God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Well, being able to be like God, where you know everything, you know all good and evil . . . you certainly wouldn’t need God. You could know it all on your own.

That’s pretty much how we run our lives ­ as if we know it all on our own. And often we prefer to lead our lives according to our perspective, rather than God’s. We inherited this self-centered nature from Adam and Eve (the first humans). And we can see that this is the way we are ­ wanting to do things our way, wanting to make decisions based on our own values, rather than God’s.

The Bible says that, “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). ” There is not a righteous person on earth who continually does good and who never sins” (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

Therefore, we are being punished for what we did. We’ve all turned from God. We’re all guilty of trying to make our lives work without God. That is sin, and we’re all sinners.

Most of us probably come into the world as theists. Meaning, as children we believe that a God exists, a good God. But then as we mature and get older, we forget about God altogether and forget what we once believed about Him.

God allows this rejection to take place. But, God doesn’t want anyone to reject Him. He says, “I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord GOD. Therefore, repent and live.” (Ezekiel 18:32)

There, God isn’t just talking about physical death, but also spiritual death. Repent, that is, turn your life over to Him, and live. Live spiritually. Don’t be separated from Him anymore (spiritual death). Instead, put Him first even though you haven’t in the past. Here is how you can receive God’s forgiveness and NOT be punished for your sin, or Eve’s: everystudent.com/features/gettingconnected.html

It is true that sometimes the Bible says we find ourselves in this state called ‘fallen’ because we are children of Adam and Eve. The Bible says God looks at us in our relationship with the first man and woman. We are born in the world our ancestors have created. It is also true that we are guilty of sin (disobeying God) on our own.

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