How far did humans fall in the Garden of Eden?

Posted in 5 Points on May 25th, 2009 by admin
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According to Arminianism:

Man’s Free Will (W)

According to Calvinism

Total Depravity (T)

Although human nature was seriously affected by the fall, man has not been left in a state of total spiritual helplessness. God graciously enables every sinner to repent and believe, but He does so in such a manner as not to interfere with man’s freedom. Each sinner possesses a free will, and his eternal destiny depends on how he uses it. Man’s freedom consists of his ability to choose good over evil in spiritual matters; his will is not enslaved to his sinful nature. The sinner has the power to either cooperate with God’s Spirit and be regenerated or resist God’s grace and perish. The lost sinner needs the Spirit’s assistance, but he does not have to be regenerated by the Spirit before he can believe, for faith is man’s act and precedes the new birth. Faith is the sinner’s gift to God; it is man’s contribution to salvation. Because of the fall, man is unable of himself to savingly believe the gospel. The sinner is dead, blind, and deaf to the things of God; his heart is deceitful and desperately corrupt. His will is not free, it is in bondage to his evil nature, therefore, he will not indeed he cannot choose good over evil in the spiritual realm. Consequently, it takes much more than the Spirit’s assistance to bring a sinner to Christ it takes regeneration by which the Spirit makes the sinner alive and gives him a new nature. Faith is not some thing man contributes to salvation but is itself a part of God’s gift of salvation it is God’s gift to the sinner, not the sinner’s gift to God.

One Response to “How far did humans fall in the Garden of Eden?”

  1. Minerva Says:

    I can see this understanding of the way things are with humanity and God is logical; however, the obvious can be seen and become an acceptable explanation for anyone who has not experienced. Humanity can come up with much of their own understanding; however, for those that believe in God regardless of which way they may want to classify themselves to be like, the Bible States in Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Without having a personal relationship with God anything that we say is valueless.

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