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Answering The Atheist
August 13, 2006 / Volume 6, Issue 33

Who was to blame for original sin? Eve (1 Tim 2:14) or Adam (Ro 5:12)? Is there a contradiction?

This supposed contradiction caught my eye. Not only do the two verses which are set at odds not contradictory, but the very premise of the question is flawed. The concept of original sin is not Biblical. Each one dies, not because of original sin (a phrase which is foreign to the Bible), but because of his own sin (Eze 18:4, 20).

It should be noted that Paul is the writer of both texts. In Romans 5, he speaks of sin having entered the world through Adam, not to the exclusion of Eve, but because Adam is represented as a head of those who have turned to sin. Later in the same text, Paul is going to speak of Christ as the head of those who have turned to righteousness. This does not remove Eve of her sin, nor of her responsibility for her sin, but the parallelism which Paul uses in Romans 5 follows through the first Adam, and leads us to the last Adam (cf. 1 Cor 15:22, 45).

There is no contradiction here.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible