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How Evangelicals and Jehovah Witnesss view The Fall of Man

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Evangelical View on The Fall of Man:
In the Evangelical perspective, the Fall of Man is a pivotal event that occurred in the Garden of Eden. It is described in the book of Genesis when Adam and Eve, the first human beings, disobeyed God’s command and ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This act of disobedience brought sin and its consequences into the world, affecting all of humanity.

Evangelicals believe that as a result of the Fall, humans inherited a sinful nature and became separated from God. This separation created a broken relationship between mankind and their Creator. The Fall introduced sin, suffering, and death into the world, altering the perfect state in which God had originally created humanity.

Jehovah Witness View on The Fall of Man:
The viewpoint of Jehovah’s Witnesses on the Fall of Man shares some similarities with the Evangelical perspective. However, there are a few distinctive differences in the Jehovah Witness understanding.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the Fall of Man did not occur in the Garden of Eden, but rather in heaven. They believe that before the creation of mankind, a group of angelic beings rebelled against God, led by Satan. This rebellion culminated in a war in heaven, and Satan and his followers were cast down to the earth.

According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Adam and Eve were subsequently created, and Satan, now the Devil, tempted them to disobey God’s command. Adam and Eve’s disobedience resulted in sin entering the world. They teach that while humans were affected by the Fall, inheriting sin and death, it was not a direct result of their own actions but of the choices made by Satan and his rebellion.

The Jehovah Witness viewpoint also emphasizes the concept of individual responsibility. They believe that each person is accountable for their own actions and cannot blame Adam and Eve for their own sins. They emphasize the importance of personal repentance, righteousness, and the redemption provided through Jesus Christ.

In summary, both Evangelicals and Jehovah’s Witnesses recognize the Fall of Man as a significant event that introduced sin and its consequences into the world. However, Jehovah’s Witnesses have a unique perspective that places the initial rebellion in heaven and emphasizes personal accountability. These differences highlight the distinct theological viewpoints between these two Christian groups.

Bible Verses About The Fall of Man

Evangelical Perspective:

1. Romans 5:12- “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.”
2. Genesis 3:6- “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.”
3. Romans 3:23- “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
4. Psalm 51:5- “Surely, I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”
5. Genesis 3:17-19- “To Adam he said, ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, “You must not eat from it,” Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.’”

Jehovah’s Witness Perspective:

1. Romans 5:12- “That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned.”
2. Genesis 2:16-17- “Jehovah God also gave this command to the man: ‘From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will certainly die.’”
3. Ezekiel 18:20- “The soul who sins is the one who will die.”
4. Genesis 3:6- “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was something to be longed for to the eyes, and the tree was desirable to look at, she began taking of its fruit and eating it.”
5. 1 Corinthians 15:21-22- “For since death came through a man, resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.”

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