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Religion revised 3 - Nolan Bradshaw Religion 121 Daniel Judd The Fall Traditional Christianity believes that the fall of Adam was the point where

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Nolan Bradshaw Religion 121 Daniel Judd 11/10/2010 The Fall Traditional Christianity believes that the fall of Adam was the point where sin and death entered the world through one man's bad choice. Adam and Eve were created and placed in a paradisiacal state of existence. Was it intended to be their eternal state of existence? The discussion about this subject by Christian philosophers and theologians has been most often to agree that Adam made a bad choice by his decision to partake of the tree of knowledge. Some of them are not sure. Some think we could have stayed in the Garden of Eden forever. But most will agree that as a result of Adam's sin, all men are now sinners. As a matter of fact, most will say they believe that we are all born sinners. That The Fall was a horrible mistake and had radical repercussions for the entire human race. Because of what Adam did, we will all be born requiring immediate repentance. It was not in accordance with God's plan for mankind. St Augustine, a bishop and theologian, who lived around 400 A.D., largely devised the theory of original sin, he thought that original sin was transmitted from generation to generation through a term he used called "concupiscence". As Augustine taught, Adam's sin was so terrible that all humans deserve to suffer eternal punishment because of him and the original sin that comes upon us because of Adam (see Seth Farber, "The Reign of
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Augustine," The Christian Activist: A Journal of Orthodox Opinion, Vol. 13, Winter/Spring 1999, pp. 40-45,56). St. Augustine’s theories were not looked upon lightly. His theories have followed us down to our time. Many people that believe in original sin do not know the origins of their belief. They were taught it in their church or heard it from someone else and believe it with no questions asked. St. Augustine did not have any authority whatsoever to make such a large speculation. Although, his theories were and are not the only ones made without authority. Most Christians teach that God intended for mankind to remain in the Garden of Eden without knowledge of good and evil, childlike and innocent. That Adam is the great villain, who spoiled everything for the rest of us. Latter-day Saints differ from much of modern "mainstream" Christianity in their views on the Fall of man. Adam's rebellion forced God to come up with an inferior alternative to His original plan. This alternative is either, depending on whose theology is being taught, predestination of a choice few to receive eternal life through no merit of their own while all else are cast into hell, or mortal life with free agency, with good and evil, with the choice of either sin and hell or eternal life through Jesus Christ. One approach largely denies the moral free agency of man while the other accepts
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