A response to an online article that attempted to answer the question about the origin of sin. The author was contacted and a response was given via email. This is the response.
An Isaac Watts hymn glorifying the LORD God in all that we see and know.
This addresses the issue of creation and finishes with a focus on the creation of man and how that man is made in the similitude of God. This is consistent with the Scripture as the entire focus of Scripture is the work of the LORD God with regard to the salvation of man. Expressly, the Scripture focuses on the Lord Jesus Christ and His specific work.
This change in the statement on the creation reflects an emphasis on understanding why our salvation is the way it is. This begins the distinction between true Scriptural doctrine, and the doctrines of men which do not properly address the issues of iniquity and the transmission of the tendency to sin from one generation to the next.
The lesson concentrates on the fourth horseman in Revelation, Chapter 6, but touches on the other three horsemen and what they mean, as it is necessary to understanding the Fourth Horseman and the reason Death and Hell exist.
There is a misconception that exists concerning Adam and the righteousness he possessed with respect to the born-again child of God and the righteousness that child has imputed unto them. As was made plain earlier, Adam was righteous, but only within the confines of his existence. By and large, it is not understood that Adam was righteous only in the context of his creation.
So then we see that death ensued that very moment Adam partook of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, became aware of the law, judged his condition, and judged that the LORD God had inadequately clothed him, and determined a course of action that revealed the condition of his heart and soul. In so doing, Adam separated himself from God and made himself strange to the LORD God, setting himself as a judge over the actions of the LORD, and finding them wanting.
Therefore, when the LORD God instructed Adam that he would die “in the day” he partook of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and we see that Adam’s body continued to function, living in the world, and we also see from Scripture that the spirit never ceases to be active, we can only conclude that it was the soul of Adam that died. Thus we are left with the final question:
Hence, looking at righteousness in this way demonstrates to us just how incapable Adam was of being righteous once he obtained the knowledge of good and evil. Moreover, it illustrates his (and our) inability to truly understand the extent of the LORD God’s righteousness, which is intrinsic to His being.
In creating the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and then instructing that the fruit of it should not be eaten, lest death ensue, the LORD has placed a bar to a certain portion of knowledge that he has determined is destructive to us. Moreover, by telling Adam that “death” would be the direct, immediate result, even if death is not explained, the whole tenor of the command and warning is such that one would shy away from violating it. The clear perception is that death and dying is not a good result, and irrevocable.