Living in the world, we now all sin, not because it is foreordained or predestined by God, but because in our freedom we cannot help but fall short and yield to the temptations of sin
St. Gregory Palamas taught that, as a result of ancestral sin (called "original sin" in the West), man's image was tarnished, disfigured, as a consequence of Adam's disobedience. The Greek theologian John Karmiris writes that "the sin of the first man, together with all of its consequences and penalties, is transferred by means of natural heredity to the entire human race. Since every human being is a descendant of the first man, 'no one of us is free from the spot of sin, even if he should manage to live a completely sinless day'. ... Original Sin not only constitutes 'an accident' of the soul; but its results, together with its penalties, are transplanted by natural heredity to the generations to come ... And thus, from the one historical event of the first sin of the first-born man, came the present situation of sin being imparted, together with all of the consequences thereof, to all natural descendants of Adam."
Can Sin be Inherited?“For the Orthodox tradition, then, Adam's original sin affects the human race in its entirety, and it has consequences both on the physical and the moral level: it, results not only in sickness and physical death, but in moral weakness and paralysis. But does it also imply an inherited guilt? Here Orthodoxy is more guarded. Original sin is not to be interpreted in juridical or quasi-biological terms, as if it were some physical 'taint' of guilt, transmitted through sexual intercourse. This picture, which normally passes for the Augustinian view, is unacceptable to Orthodoxy. The doctrine of original sin means rather that we are born into an environment where it is easy to do evil and hard to do good; easy to hurt others, and hard to heal their wounds; easy to arouse men's suspicions, and hard to win their trust. It means that we are each of us conditioned by the solidarity of the human race in its accumulated wrong-doing and wrong-thinking, and hence wrong-being. And to this accumulation of wrong we have ourselves added by our own deliberate acts of sin. The gulf grows wider and wider. It is here, in the solidarity of the human race, that we find an explanation for the apparent unjustness of the doctrine of original sin. Why, we ask, should the entire human race suffer because of Adam's fall? Why should all be punished because of one man's sin? The answer is that human beings, made in the image of the Trinitarian God, are interdependent and coinherent. No man is an island. We are 'members one of another'(Eph. 4:25), and so any action, performed by any member of the human race, inevitably affects all the other members. Even though we are not, in the strict sense, guilty of the sins of others, yet we are somehow always involved.”
Because they inherit mortal nature. Mortality inheres to nature, not to personLets look at it this way. The consequence of sin is death right? So that begs the question. Whey do people die if they have no sin?
You still haven't answered my question, so I will repeat it.For an Oriental Orthodox understanding of this issue, I'm sure the article by Fr. Peter Farrington would be a very good read, which I've linked above. As well, this week I read the beginning of St. Athanasius' On the Incarnation, and I think what he says about what the fall did to humanity just covers it all. Our nature, which is dependent on God for immortality and life, was turning to death, sin. Since all that God created was good, we were turning to non-existence, His act of creation was being undone. Not one word about inheriting a sin biologically.
But it still doesn’t say he died. He suffered and was buried. Nothing about him dying. He probably visited the dead and his visit was cut short.“And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried. And on the third day He rose from the dead, according to the scriptures”
The consequence of sin is death. The consequence of Adam's sin was mortal and corrupt human natureYou still haven't answered my question, so I will repeat it.
If the consequence for sin is death, why do people still die who are sinless?
I'm sorry for heckling you. It's not right for you to be treated with a lack of respect, especially since you're genuinely seeking the truth of the matter, and have already quoted some research you made. But I must say that I agree with Michael Seraphim's comment.Sorry, I meant heckler
The consequence of sin is death. The consequence of Adam's sin was mortal and corrupt human nature
The wage of sin is death = this doesn't mean that if you never sinned you wouldn't die, since you are born inheriting mortal and corrupt nature from Adam, which was the consequence of his sin upon his human nature