Going along with last week’s post, let me just extend the discussion. Looking at various portions of Christian doctrine in isolation, they seem nonsensical. However, putting them together yields at least a symmetry. I don’t expect this post to resonate with agnostics or atheists, but it may click with some Christians who have never thought of it this way. (By the way, I am here just repeating things I have heard others say; this isn’t new with me by any stretch.)
==> Adam was the first (created) man, who alone truly had free will. Yet he disobeyed God, and through him sin and death entered the world. The humans who came after Adam are condemned to eternal death, even though they personally didn’t commit his sin.
==> Jesus is the second Adam. He was the only man to fully obey God, and through Him righteousness and life entered the world. The humans who came after Jesus are blessed with eternal life, even though they personally didn’t perform His good works to merit such a reward.