Did animals take part in the sin?

How do proponents of original sin support a strictly literal interpretation of Genesis?

We are only as good as our nature

The reason we initially have sinful tendencies, sufferings, etc., is because of our nature as fallen humans. We fell and not 'perfect' people because Adam was specially created; but we are born of it and therefore conform to its nature as we receive it. Since the Fall corrupted human nature, it was passed on to us as in Adam.

We read about it in Genesis 3 . Great care must be taken to collect everything conveyed in this narrative. No matter how much of it you interpret as allegorical. (I don't consider it allegorical at all).

6 And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and beautiful to the eyes, and splendid to see; and she took the fruit of it, and ate, and gave it to her husband who ate. 7 And the eyes of both were opened; and as you felt themselves naked, they sewed fig leaves together and made aprons. 8 And when they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the afternoon air in Paradise, Adam and his wife hid from the face of the Lord God in the midst of the trees of Paradise. 9 And the Lord God called Adam and said to him, Where are you? 10 And he said, I heard your voice in Paradise; and I was scared, because I was naked and hiding. 11 And he said to him, And who told you, that you're naked, but that you eaten from the tree has , of the I told you not to eat


He also said to the woman: I will your worries and your ideas multiply. In mourning you should Give birth to children, and you will be under the power of your husband and he will rule over you. 17 And he said to Adam, Because you listened to your wife's voice, and ate from the tree what I commanded you not to eat. cursed is the earth in your work; With Work and effort you should all the days of your life like this eat . 18 Thorns and Thistles should bring it to you; and you shall eat the herbs of the earth. 19th In the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread until you return to the earth from which you were taken; for you are dust, and in dust you will return. 20 And Adam called the name of his wife Eve because she was was the mother of all living. 21 and the Lord God made clothes for Adam and his wife of skins and dressed them.

In defying God and doing what they were commanded not to do (however much allegory the forbidden fruit may be), several things happen:

  • Clearly, their nature is changing in that they now realize that it is shameful to be naked and the need to hide from God. This is both real and symbolic of another inner shame and realization of the gravity of the sin and evil in which you have just participated.

  • Women and men in humanity now receive punishment for toil and pain. Examples relevant to gender are given (birth; fieldwork) but are not exclusive due to their obviously summarizing nature.

  • This kind of change in nature is for their children Not appropriate. It is an intrinsic change in what appears to be more recognizable or manifested in the physical component of their nature as a body-soul composite ( Genesis 2: 7; compare Ecclesiastes 12: 7 ).

You can't have taken what you never had

Actually, it's fair. We are given a different nature than what Adam and Eve originally had. Fallen human nature, to be precise. As such, we were never entitled to the life of grace in which they were originally constituted - as they were not after they sinned (or technically even when they had it: Romans 11:35; Job 41:11 ): Friendship with God, joy in it in general and all its benefits.

This is the great loss of the Fall - loss to Adam and Eve, but not to us! You see, we never had it. We are also not entitled to anything, much less to paradise. We are expected to obey the inner voice of God in our conscience and ultimately to call ourselves back to him through Christ, who can lead us back to this grace in baptism. The Church taught that Mary was the first fruits of this redemption, not delivered from original sin, but as new Eve for the new Adam Christ ( 1 Corinthians 15:22, 45 ) was installed without ever having had her - an Eve for a new creation in which the devil does not disappoint the woman, but is conquered by one ( Genesis 3:15 ).

The only injustice would be if we were eligible and were initially more fortunate and then took it by force. Unless we were just what we are: fallen people. Since it is not impossible to return to God and receive divine life, grace, it is not at all unfair.

Furthermore, every time we sin, we literally take in the Word to adams Sin part . To sin is to step on the same forbidden ground as Adam. As each sin By definition, deliberately disobeying God, with each sin, to varying degrees, we commit the same type of offense as Adam. You could say it was Adam's sin the will to sin .

Romans 5:12

That's how by a man who sin in this world came and through the death of sin; and so went death above all people,in which all have sinned.

When Adam sinned, so to speak, we were all there and sinned with him. Because our sinning is known to God from the beginning and we have sinned to partake of the same sin of Adam. But our personal sins are not our original sin. Original sin is our situation, which we still deserve. We are only responsible for our personal sins. But the original sin, which is of a different nature from other sin, is a withdrawal from something we are not entitled to and in what fallen nature we are expected to follow the dictates of our conscience as directed by God to seek restoration in Christ. It's called sin because it offends God, because He wants us to be cheerful and fulfilled, and because there is something that prevents us from pleasing Him, and because it is called really bad: the lack of something good.

Wisdom 2: 23-24

For God made man incorruptible, and in the image of his own likeness he made him. But through the devil's envy, death came into the world: And they follow him who is by his side.

Death and original sin are in the world, regardless of whether we side with the devil / Adam in order to disobey God. But we are shown that there is a choice where we can still follow God and receive a fate other than his.


We are not Adam. We are not Eva. We are not guilty of the same or even similar nature to Adam or Eve. God's divine and indescribable righteousness is such that Adam's children receive the same natures that he had after the fall. Your sin is still your own. Our sins are still our own. But Adam's original sin is of a different kind and affects nature because it was so fundamental: the first sin, the first privation, and the exclusion of God from our lives, which are entirely dependent on Him.

James Shewey

" We also take every time we sin , in the truest sense Part of Adam’s sin "- This is an allegorical interpretation (which does not mean that Adam and Eve are not necessarily also are literal). The point at which Adam transitions from pure Adam to the representation of humanity is the point at which history also becomes allegory.

Sola gratia

(To say that Adam's sin had implicit meaning is not allegorical.) Is Christ our head allegorical now? Isn't he really our spiritual head and guide and representative? In whom are we redeemed from sin and from whom do we inherit eternal life as opposed to the opposite?

James Shewey

Miriam-Webster's dictionary defines allegory as "the expression through symbolic fictional characters and acts of truths or generalizations about human existence" - apart from the fictional vs. literal component for a second I don't see how this interpretation of Adam and Eve is none symbolic generalization of human existence so this doesn't really answer the Q for me. Christ is not only symbolically our spiritual guide, He is our actual, direct, living, resurrected guide.

Sola gratia

"Christ ... is our actual, direct, living, resurrected leader" That is my point. St. Paul speaks of "a man" who brings death into the world. God also identifies Adam as a real individual ( Isaiah 43:27 ). That is why Christ is embodied by him. This is why he is seen as the "latter Adam". Nowhere in Scripture does it say to view the narrative of Adam as something other than a literal, real, individual human being, Adam, at the beginning. If you find it too awesome, you will have trouble believing that God did all the miracles of the days before to create it all.

James Shewey

Here, too, I argue Not against a literal Adam. There is a difference between Adam and Adam. One is an allegorical interpretation of the Adam and Eve narrative and one is not. You can believe in a literal Adam as well as allegorically applying the creation narrative - in fact, you are doing just that.