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Original Sin

Original sin is mankind's situation, due to the Fall, of being separated from God, the situation of remoteness from God.

Because of Adam and Eve's disobedience, mankind lost the capability of being in direct and lasting fellowship with God, the Creator.

Ever since, sinfulness and the situation of remoteness from God weigh on all of mankind as a basic fact of human nature (cf. Genesis 3: 23; Psalm 51: 7, and Romans 5: 18-19). This means that all humans, as members of the human generation, are sinful from the beginning of their existence, i.e. before any deed or thought, even though no individual sin has been committed [Note: The ultimate correlations remain a mystery].

Through Baptism, original sin is washed away. The figurative term of washing away refers to God changing the situation of lasting separation and remoteness from Him. God brings the baptised soul into a first close relationship with Himself and grants it the capability to have fellowship with Him.

The human propensity to sin (concupiscence), a further consequence of the Fall, persists in spite of Baptism.

Death, as a consequence of the fall, will also remain effective.

God's will to save all humans finds its visible expression in Jesus Christ's sacrifice, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. Although at different points in time, all human beings thereby have, through grace, the possibility to achieve salvation and redemption, i.e. to ultimately escape from sin and its consequences and to be forever in inseparable fellowship with God, the Father, and His Son.

30.03.2007