The Original Sin

September 15, 2010

This post comes from the following question: “What do mormans [sic] believe about original sin?”

This question is most simply answered by a statement Joseph Smith gave about our beliefs: “We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.” (AoF 1:2)

We also believe that “every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning” (D&C 93:38). Additionally, men are “free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil” (2 Ne 2:27). In short, this means that we are not inherently evil because of an “original sin”. Rather, we are created innocent with the freedom to choose good or evil and are accountable for only the choices we make and not for the choices Adam made.

That being said, the fall of Adam did introduce the possibilities of sin and death to his posterity (i.e. us). Thus, while not being directly accountable to God for a decision we never made, Adam’s transgression does nonetheless affect us (Alma 42:5–9, 14).

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3 Responses to “The Original Sin”

  1. That’s a perfect, simple explanation. Thank you, Stephen. The fall of Adam does affect us all, but luckily we aren’t held responsible for it, and it’s effects are only temporary (1 Corinthians 15:22).

  2. Bus

    The concept of it being the original sin is a human invention. That’s why J.S. calls it Adams transgression. It was a choice between a couple of options and Eve was actually the one to push Adam into action.

  3. robert m becker

    i find it disturbing that the thing that caused the downfall of man is treated as necessary by mormons. why not talk about traveling time through jehocah and stopping first sin.