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Question What was the sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created?
Answer The sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created, was their eating the forbidden fruit.1
[1] Genesis 3:6, 12, 16–17

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Did our first parents sin?
Yes.

Thy first father hath sinned,
Isaiah 43:27

Did they sin by eating the forbidden fruit?
Yes.

For she took of the fruit and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her, and he did eat,
Genesis 3:6

Was there in this sin the lust of the flesh?
Yes.

For she saw that the tree was good for food,
Genesis 3:6

And the lust of the eye?
Yes.

For she saw that it was pleasant to the eyes,
Genesis 3:6

And the pride of life?
Yes.

For she saw that it was a tree to be desired to make one wise,
Genesis 3:6

Was it an instance of horrid rebellion against God?
Yes.

Hast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat,
Genesis 3:11

And of amazing folly in man?
Yes.

This their way was their folly,
Psalm 49:13


Did our first parents fall without a tempter?
No.

For the serpent said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said,
Genesis 3:1

Was this serpent the devil?
Yes.

The old serpent, which is the devil, and Satan,
Revelation 20:2

But could he force their consent?
No.

Resist the devil and he will fly from you,
James 4:7

Did he notwithstanding prevail?
Yes.

The serpent beguiled me and I did eat,
Genesis 3:13

Did he in all this aim at their destruction?
Yes.

For he is Abaddon, (the destroyer),
Revelation 9:11


Did Satan act a subtil part in tempting?
Yes.

The serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty,
2 Corinthians 11:3

Did he promise impunity?
Yes.

Ye shall not surely die,
Genesis 3:4

Did he promise improvement?
Yes.

Your eyes shall be opened,
Genesis 3:5

Did he feed them with high thoughts of themselves?
Yes.

Ye shall be as gods,
Genesis 3:5

Did he suggest to them hard thoughts of God?
Yes.

For he said, God doth know this,
Genesis 3:5

Was it an instance of his policy first to assault the woman?
Yes.

For she is the weaker vessel,
1 Peter 3:7

And to assault her when alone?
Yes.

For two are better than one—for if they fall, the one will lift up the his fellow,
Ecclesiastes 4:9–10

From A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism