Catechism Insight – Doctrinal Standard WSC #13

Doctrinal Standards WSC #13

  • Q. Did our first parents remain as they were created?
  • A.  Left to the freedom of their own wills, our first parents sinned against God and fell from their original condition.

Memory Verses

  • “For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22, ESV).

Study Passage: Genesis 3

Support Passages: Genesis 6:5-8; Psalm 89:46-48; Ecclesiastes 7:20-29; John 6:43-44; Romans 1:24-25; I Corinthians 15:21-22; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 1:13-15; Revelation 21:4

Bible Story: Genesis 3


  • The story of creation and the fall proves that the heart of man is completely depraved and utterly dependent upon the grace of God in order to please God.
  • Adam and Eve as record in Genesis were created without sin. They lacked a sin nature unlike like you and I. Even though they lacked a sin nature their hearts were still eager to turn from their Creature and peruse the passions of self.
  • The story of Adam and Eve proves that the heart of man even when created without sin is completely depraved and can do nothing that pleases God.

Discussion Questions

  • Adam and Eve were created perfect with no sin in their lives. They were told they could do anything except eat the fruit of one tree. Given enough time what happed?
  • What does this tell us about man’s heart and our ability to obey God?
  • Can mankind on their own obey God? Explain
  • What tactic did the serpent use to tempt Eve into eating the fruit (Gen 3:1-5)?
  • Was their evil before the Adam and Eve (Gen 3:5)?
  • Adam and Eve thought God was holding things back from them, particularly the “knowledge of good and evil.” Was God keeping something from man? Explain.
  • What were the various ways Eve was tempted (Gen 3:6)? Explain
  • Are you tempted to sin in the same type of ways?
  • God knew Adam and Eve ate of the tree but He still asked them if they did. Why did God ask them?
  • When confronted about their sin. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. Instead of blaming others for our sins what should we do? Explain.
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