Where Did Sin Originate From?

Where did sin originate? Was it on the earth or was it in heaven? Was the first sin by man or by Satan or Lucifer?

Before the Beginning

Before there was sin found any place in the universe, including heaven, Lucifer was created for the purpose of glorifying God as were all creatures as even the creation was (Psalm 19:1). There was perfection in all the creation until pride surfaced and we find evidence of that in Isaiah 14:12-14 which describes Lucifer’s fall. It all started when he said in his heart, “I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God. will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north” (14:13) so he wanted to sit on the very throne of God and above the stars (angels) of God in heaven (far reaches of the north) even saying “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High” (14:14) or it could read, “I will be the Most High.” Lucifer was created in perfection (Ezk 28:11) as Isaiah writes, “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till unrighteousness was found in you” (Ezk 28:15). The root of Lucifer or Satan’s sin was pride. He wasn’t satisfied with only giving God glory; he wanted it for himself and sought to be worshiped. This was the very first sin and predated that of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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The Fall of Mankind

God created the earth in perfection as well and the Garden of Eden was the epitome of that perfection. Both Adam and Eve, at least in the beginning, were in perfection too and had a relationship and fellowship with God. At least until they choose to decide for themselves what is good and what is evil (Gen 3). When they decided to choose for themselves the knowledge of good and evil, they lost the eternal life that they had been offered. They rejected obedience to God and so God said “lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life” (Gen 3:22b-24).

The Seed

The seed of sin had been planted in God’s creation after Lucifer had committed cosmic treason by rebelling against God and becoming His enemy. Satan must have been so consumed by hate for God that he wanted to spread sin throughout the world by means of Adam and Eve and “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Rom 5:12) and “just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people” (Rom 5:18). That verse has both the bad news and the good news. I always like to hear the bad news first and so does Paul as he wrote that it was “by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:17). The wages of sin had spread everywhere now and we know that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).

Conclusion

As it was written, “For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1st Cor 15:22) “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead” (1 Cor 15:21) and that’s the good and bad of it. Instead of blaming Adam and Eve, if we had been there, I am certain we would have made the very same choice. Paul as Paul said “sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” (Rom 5:12) and so it was “because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:17). The wages of sin had spread everywhere and we know that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Jon-Michael Ivey

    Why do you take poetic denunciations against mortal rulers out of context and claim they are about Satan? This cosmic treason stuff is not biblical, but a human tradition.

    • Doug Barron

      Just beginning in your study of scripture, eh?
      You’ll get there. Keep studying!

  • pud

    From the ridiculous cult diatribes to the absolutely absurd! Well done jack! Is it of even the slightest interest to you where the myth of Satan came from? Who created it and how? The true story of this myth is not a secret jack…with an amount of effort even a simpleton like you could muster you could see for yourself how it’s an entirely early church construct. Satan was another element of terror to hold you simple minded fools hostage to the church and keep your coins flowing in their direction. In other words jack…it isn’t real! It’s all made up!

    I’ve already explained to you jack that your adam and eve COULD NOT logically ever be accountable for any “choice” they made. They (according to your stupid myth) were hardwired by your “god” and all their software written solly by him! Your “god” gave them language, all their cognitive functions, all their emotions, all their decision making tools…everything! Your “god” built them! They could do absolutely nothing not put directly into them by your vengeful psychotic “god” They had no peers, no parents, no school, no books NOTHING that wasn’t put into them by your invisible vindictive celestial dictator. They could only do EXACTLY what they were programmed to do you dummy! Your “god” is the guilty one not them (who never existed you superstitious nut)

    Is there anything on earth that you’re not gullible enough to “believe”?

    • Doug Barron

      Mr. PUD,
      Howdy again! Always so good to get your 4th grade perspective on any subject! How carefully thought out your playground taunts are.
      I am starting to suspect that you have a secret affinity for the good Pastor. You spend a very inordinate amount of time and energy trying to aquire and retain his attention. You know what they say; ” If One can’t get positive strokes, one resorts to negative strokes to gain attention…after all, when you can’t get positive strokes, negative strokes are better than no strokes at all! Hmmm?
      Be well my brother, I love you, even if no one else does!

      • pud

        That is not an argument. I am not your brother. How long did they let you use the computer at the asylum today?

        • Doug Barron

          Aww… Love you too, PUD!
          You are soo sweet to me!
          Brother! 🙂

  • Father Thyme

    That “original sin” fable about a Talking Snake tempting the mythical characters of Adam and Eve has been thoroughly debunked by geneticists.

    The facts first. Sheehan et al., building on earlier work by Li and Durbin (references in margin), calculated that the minimum population size associated with the worldwide expansion of humans out of Africa roughly 100,000 years ago was 2,250 individuals, while the population that remained in Africa was no smaller than about 10,000 individuals. For population geneticists, this is the “effective population size,” invariably smaller than the census size, so these are minimum estimates, and ones derived from conservative assumptions. The population sizes are estimated by back-calculating (based on reasonable estimates of mutation rates and other genetic parameters) how small an ancestral population could be and still give rise to the observed level and structure of genetic variation in our species.

    Note: 2,500 is larger than two.

    This means, of course, that Adam and Eve couldn’t have been the literal ancestors of all humanity. Normally, such a scientific trashing of scripture could be absorbed, at least by liberal theologians. They’d just reinterpret Adam and Eve as metaphors. But that causes big trouble on two counts…

    Jerry Coyne (2013) Scientists Try to Reconcile Adam and Eve Story, Whiff. Again. New Republic.
    newrepublic.com/article/115759/adam-eve-theologians-try-reconcile-science-and-fail

  • pud

    Tell me jack, if you existed only for your own self “glorification”…how fulfilled would you be if you created an army of robots that you programmed to sing your praise all day long? If you were an all powerful being why would you be so insecure in your omnipotence that you “need” “glorification”? And if you were a “perfect” being jack how could you create so many imperfect things that turn against you with you being dumb and stupid to it all like your “god” obviously was? Answer me pastor jack

  • Facebook User

    Thank you for a thoroughly Biblical treatment of this subject, Mr. Wellman. God bless you and keep up the good work.