The original sin in the garden of Eden had spiritual and physical ramifications. The Son of God came to save and deliver us from the consequences of that rebellion. Christ brought both forgiveness and healing. The final act of healing will be our bodily resurrection on the last day.
We mentioned concupiscence in our description of original sin, and we deny to human nature the ability to fear and trust in God. We want to show that original sin contains these diseases: ignorance of God, contempt for God, not having fear and trust in God, the inability to love God. These are the chief faults of human nature.
The ancient definition of original sin, says the same thing. "Original sin is the absence of original righteousness." Righteousness consists in obeying the Ten Commandments. The First Table teaches about fearing God, faith, and loving God. Therefore, original righteousness includes not only physical health in all ways but also these gifts: a sure and certain knowledge of God, fear of God, confidence in God, and the desire and ability to give God these things. Scripture says in Genesis 1:27 that man was made in the image and likeness of God. Man was created with wisdom and righteousness so that he could apprehend God and reflect God. Mankind was given the gift of knowing God, fearing God, and being confident in God. Paul shows in Ephesians 5:9 and Colossians 3:10 that the image of God is the knowledge of God, righteousness, and truth.
Concupiscence is not only a corruption of physical qualities, but also, in the higher powers, a vicious turning to fleshly things. (paragraphs 14-18, 20, 25)
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