RE: [biblicalapologetics] was generational curse, now "federalism"
MessageSorry, living on the west coast so I jump in a little later in the morning!I think both Don and Lenny have said it well. With Adam as our representative/federal head, his guilt becomes our guilt and the consequence of that guilt--a sin nature--becomes our consequence as well, just as with Christ as our representative we inherit His righteousness and its consequence--justification. When Christ returns we will also inherit his perfect nature (the human, not the divine).I would also suggest that neither the seminal nor the federal view was "developed for protecting the teaching that Jesus was born free from sin." Rather, both were attempts to explain the passing on of the sin nature in a manner that is consistent with the explicit teaching of Christ's sinlessness--a "horse before the cart" issue, but perhaps this is what you meant anyway.As one who embraces the federal theory, I do not agree with the Orthodox position. Romans 5:12-15 states that all men died because all men participated in Adam's one sin. Thus, all men bear the guilt as well as the corruption.
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Subject: Re: [biblicalapologetics] was generational curse, now "federalism"Lenny,Thanks for the response. I have inserted a few thoughts.In Christ,DavidIn a message dated 6/23/2004 11:46:51 PM Eastern Daylight Time, lenny@... writes:
No, not at all. I think it’s accepted that man has an inherited nature from Adam transmitted from generation to generation and this nature is corrupt***I agree with the "corrupt nature." The Church Fathers, with the exception of Augustine, spoke of inheriting a mortal nature due to Adam's fall, but not Adam's guilt. The Orthodox Church follows this doctrine. Sin has no nature, it is the aberration of good, "missing the mark", as the Greek says. Man's corrupted nature, makes him a "slave to sin."
However, each one of us is also directly linked to Adam and his sin as well.***But how are we linked in the federalist view? The Augustinian view is seminally no? Hence, the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and the traditional Protestant view that the male passes sin through his seed to his child, both doctrines developed for protecting the teaching that Jesus was born free from sin. Is the federal view similar to the Orthodox position? Sorry, just a little confused.In Christ,David Sanders