How, exactly, is all of humanity accountable for the sins of Adam and Eve?
- XYZLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
The lives of fictional characters live on in the human imagination. If you can blame Walt Disney for killing Bambi's mother, you can blame humanity for putting that apple in Eve's mouth. We're the ones who did it, after all...
- DeAnnaLv 51 decade ago
We are all from Adam and Eve since they were the original humans. Since they sinned it caused their children to be born with sin. Every human is therefore born with sin. We're not accountable for their sins exactly, only our own. The only person who never sinned was Jesus Christ. Everyone sinned in some way.
- 1 decade ago
Adam and Eve are used to symbolize humanities first turn from "God." Where in our confusion to better ourselves, we always end up doing the exact opposite. Adam and Eve's sins can still be seen today, all of humanity is falling apart in an attempt at peace. This all happens because nature is about balance, but humanity only strives for peace. Also this is why all other things in existence flow while humanity struggles. We aren't higher beings, we are more like confused children.
- straightupLv 51 decade ago
As everyone else has said, we are not accountable for the sins of Adam and Eve, but only for our own. Because Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit each of us received the ability to choose (free agency). It is based on these choices we will be judged, not anyone elses.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Read the events that lead to adam and eve induging... Decide for yourselves whose fault was it!
If Adam and eve did not exist... there would not have been any human beings! The first of the species of human beings the revered Adam and Eve were the first to surface on Mother Earth as human beings. Their direct ancestors being the ape family!
Now Adam and Eve came onto this Earth. They had both to act as a family. Both were son and daughter of God. That made them brother and sister. How come they could have fathered children?
In the initial stages of development of human life... nothing existed which we could have called as society or community. It was a raw savage world. As per the theory of Charles Darwin, "it was the time for survival of the fittest". It was the time to do and die.
Words like ethics and morality did not exist for even words did not exist during those times. The Lipi (written form of communication) was developed at a much later stage in time.
Even a brother and sister relationship did not exist at that time. There were only two human beings who had surfaced on Mother Earth. They had to copulate and produce children. They did not do it intentionally. They never knew anything about it.
It was that it happened. They did it and something was born. At that moment of time they would have been extremely surprised not knowing what to do about it. Eventually they would have realized it was one of them.
They reared that child and with passage of time another child was born. This time it was a female child. As this small family progressed further... this male and female child copulated at the appropriate time. And the whole family started to grow.
Now there were two families. With passage of time many more families came into existence. Until this point of time there was nothing like morality and ethics that played any role. For the sake of their survival and progeny these families kept on multiplying.
This was the only way to keep intruders at bay. They had to protect themselves from the wild beings roaming Mother Earth.
Ever since the Revelations of God came into existence... the human being who had invoked these words of God realized that the system had to be ordered at some stage. And some system of morality and ethics came into being.
As of today... the copulation by the children of Adam and Eve was a sin but at that time it was not a sin for the relationship of brother and sister never existed in those times.
The development of relationships in human life came at a very later the stage. It was only possible when the community would have developed into a massive strength. Population somewhere in thousands would have prompted the wise and the elders of those times to separate out into distinct families.
We need to understand that whatever is truth today may not hold tomorrow. In a scientific developing world the values whether they are ethical, moral or otherwise keep changing.
We also need to understand that during the times of Mahabharata... the battle was fought using swords, horses and elephants. But now the warfare consists of atomic bombs, missiles and chemical warfare. More on god here- http://www.godrealized.org/sin/adam_and_eve.html
- scotslad60Lv 41 decade ago
We are not but this is based on that old Christian belief that "the sins of the father shall be visited upon the sons and the sons sons", meaning that since we are, allegedley, all descendants of Adam and Eve we are therefore liable to pay for their sin.
- ThinxLv 51 decade ago
Adam and Eve were never real, they just represent the male and female species in the Bible.The story tells us that all males and all females sin. Specially when you bring them together.
Hmz, somehow this even makes sense.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
We aren't! I am LDS (mormon), here are some of our beliefs:
2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.
3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Accountable in what sense? With regards to Original Sin? That's pretty much it. Catholic believe in redemption of the soul, as do Anglicans and Greek Orthodox. Other Christian sects like Evangelicals, born agains and those Baptists.... well.. "Damned if you do. Damned if you dont" is pretty much their belief.
Oh and theyre elitist about who gets into heaven.
Theyre the reason why so many Christians are leaving their respective faiths and either becoming atheists or finding other religions
- sheepinarowboatLv 41 decade ago
It goes back to genesis. Every creature reproduces "after it's kind". Adam fell and brought sinful nature on to all his children. Also he represented humanity as he was the only one thus far.