The Fall

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Fall of Man

The Fall of Man (or simply The Fall) refers to humanity's fall from a state of innocence to a state of sin and judgement. The cause of this Fall was disobedience to God and the result of it was that mankind could no longer remain in God's beautiful Garden of Eden, or walk in the sight of God. Genesis 3 gives the account of the Fall of humanity. Genesis 3 tells us that sin and death entered the world because Adam and Eve disobeyed God's commandment not to eat of the "tree of knowledge of good and evil."


The story is an origin belief shared by Judaism and Christianity, but interpretations vary. Although the Fall is not mentioned by name in the Old Testament, the expulsion from Eden is recorded in Genesis 3, and served as a foundation of the teachings of Paul in Romans 5:12–19 and 1 Corinthians 15:21–22, and, in particular, the Christian doctrine of original sin. Jesus' death was a "ransom" by which man was forever free from the ways of sin as begun with the Fall.

The term "prelapsarian" refers to the state of sinlessness of humanity prior to the lapse, or fall.



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