The notion of a “sin nature” is, by the admission of most theologians, rather critical to the coherency of Christianity. This is how it’s normally presented. Adam did not have a sin nature. Yet he sinned. As his genetic descendants, we now have a sin nature. It seems this sin nature is somehow different to Adam’s nature before he sinned.
“The result of one trespass was condemnation for all men.”
Quite clearly the consequences are different. Adam would have lived forever had he not sinned it is claimed. Yet we are condemned to die due to our sinfulness it seems. Yet this says nothing about the sin nature itself.
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”
I’d like to ask for clarification on the concept of a sin nature. Here are a few questions.
- Is the sinful newborn (Psalm 51:5) deserving of hellfire?
- If Adam did not have a sin nature, then how was he able to sin?
If your answer to this is simply “free will”, then what is the difference between “free will” and a “sin nature”?
- Suppose we were created without a sin nature like Adam. Would we be less prone to sin?
- Why did God map our sin nature to genetics (passed on from Adam) rather than just giving everyone free will as he did with Adam?
- If our sin nature was not our choice, why are we condemned for living according to our nature?
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