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Am I being punished for Adam's sin?

If I was put in jail for something my father or my grandfather or my great-great-great grandfather did, that would not be fair. But if I repeated his sin, then I deserve punishment just they like they all did.

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. Romans 5:12-14

The verse says that Adam set the pattern that we would all follow. I am just as guilty as Adam because I sin too. If I had been in Adam’s place, I would have done the same thing. I am no different than Adam because today I have freewill and could freely choose to not sin. I don’t.

In later verses, Paul seems to point to Adam as the one who is the cause for the mess we’re in. But in the context of Romans, Adam is used as a parallel to Jesus Christ. If Adam set the pattern for sin and death, Jesus set the pattern for righteousness and life. Just as everyone is not automatically saved by Jesus Christ through heritage or breeding—but by a conscious choice to accept forgiveness—so everyone is not automatically condemned by Adam.  We are condemned by our own conscious choice to sin.