“In the beginning,” the Bible tells us, “God created….”
All that there is God created from nothing. All the things in which we glory in this whole world from ocean to ocean and pole to pole came into being at his word. “Let there be,” he said and there was. It began. It came into being. Man, no less, created by God and in His own image from the dust of the earth…
And we’ve been in trouble pretty much every since.
You know the story. The garden, the wife, the serpent, the apple and the Fall all wrapped up by God’s curse on all mankind and our enslavement, our bondage to sin as a race. In fact most of the Bible deals with one facet or another of man’s trouble, his disease—Sin. The source of all our pain in this life, the very reason for the curse, that thing which made the cross necessary—Sin. It is more a matter of what we do, it is what we are—sinners; a whole race of them covering the planet and all in need of saving from themselves. Adam fell and as a result his entire family plunged headlong into the curse. All our ambitions and desires are with its stink, this thing we have inherited.
Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from is original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation.
–Baptist Faith and Message 2000
“By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race” it also says. Satan tempted and man chose to sin. A choice, according to this, plunged the entirety of the human species into sin and condemnation. A choice also gets us out of the problem too—a decision more to the point. WE decide to get in and WE decide to get out. There is no need for a God or a Savior in such a scenario. We are save ourselves by the strength of our own will and moral fortitude.
How could it be anything else than something inside of us that causes us to do the things we do? If it were possible to not sin, as the Baptist Faith and Message suggests—for if we can choose to sin surely we can choose not to sin—why hasn’t it happened? In all the long history of the man, who has been free from this? “No one” the Bible tells us “is righteous” note even one. “all have sinned” it says in another place. Sinners we are and sinners we remain—but for the grace of God.