A fellow blogger referred me to this video and asked me if I could refute it on my blog, bearing in mind that it should be understood by children. It is an atheist’s understanding of how the whole concept of Adam’s sin affected the human race. However, he starts off immediately with a straw man argument because he teaches a concept which is not the Christian view. So before we review the video, I want to give a brief explanation of what the Bible says. (There are some different teachings on the subject, albeit mostly similar, but I will do the best I can to keep it simple.)
Mankind was made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27) and was perfect in the Garden of Eden. God gave Adam every tree in the garden from which to eat, except that he was not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden—the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:16-17). God told him that if he ate of that tree, he would die. Eve was not yet created when Adam received this command, so she was deceived by Satan as to why the command was given; she ate some of the fruit and gave some to Adam to eat. Since Adam knew the rule and most likely told it to Eve (who was led to a misunderstanding by Satan), he was held more responsible for the sin, although both were guilty.