HOW DID ADAM & EVE SIN WITHOUT A SINFUL NATURE?
“Curious about Adam and Eve…I never understood how, created in the image of God, and not having a fallen, sinful nature, how were they capable of sinning? I understand that they fell to temptation by the serpent – my question is how? After the fall they were imperfect beings capable of sin, but prior to that they were without blemish. It seems like only a fallen, sinful nature could lead someone to sin.” ~ Brian
God creates our nature with natural desires which have lawful means of gratification.
The devil tempts us to gratify these natural desires in unlawful and unnatural ways.
Sin is a free will choice to gratify a natural God-given desire in an unnatural unlawful way.
That is how Adam sinned without being born with a sinful nature. And the same applies to us.
Jesus was created with natural desires and appetites, having a human body like us.
He had a natural desire for food, for example.
The devil used this natural desire to tempt him to cause a rock into bread.
So even in the scenario of Jesus, in which all agree He had no sinful nature, we see how the devil tempts by suggesting you gratify a natural desire in an unlawful way.
Sin doesn’t come from a sinful nature. It comes from free will.
Human nature is not sinful. It has natural desires Given by God which we could gratify through sin.
But if your will is necessitated by your nature, a sinful nature would be required to sin, in which case Adam and Eve could never have sinned.
I asked this same question to Matt Slick in our free will debate. “If your will is necessitated by your nature, how did Adam and Eve sin?”
All he could say was “Adam and Eve sinned because they chose to.” Which was a non-answer to the dilemma.
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