Question 7: From where, then, does this depraved nature of man come?
Answer: From the fall and disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in Paradise, whereby, our nature became so corrupt that we are all conceived and born in sin.
Western individualism hates the notion that one person’s decision could have consequences for someone else. But were God to conform His ways to each culture’s preferences, contradiction and chaos would ensue. Whether we like it or not, the all-wise and infinitely good God of the universe made Adam the representative Head of mankind; reality can’t be sugar-coated. His obedience to God would procure eternal life for him and his descendants, but disobedience would bring spiritual death (“one trespass brought condemnation for all men” Rom. 5:18a).
Though God gave him every chance of success by equipping him with moral uprightness, he submitted himself to the word of the serpent instead. As a result of his guilt, he and his descendants were cast out of His Kingdom. Spiritual death ensued, making us, by nature, morally twisted and destined for judgment (“by the disobedience of the one man, the many were made sinners” Rom. 5:19a). In other words, at the root of all the evil in the world is the failure of our forefather, not some “mistake” in God’s design of us.