Q. 23. Into what estate did the fall bring mankind?
A. The fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery.
We read in the last post: Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
It’s interesting the way Vos comments on this answer…
What is the basic error of many non-Christian religions, systems of philosophy, and human plans for world betterment? They all try to find away to relieve the sufferings of humanity, without first providing a way of deliverance from sin, which is the cause of suffering. All human schemes of betterment which are not founded on redemption from sin through Christ are foredoomed to failure. Permanent relief cannot be obtained by treating symptoms only, while ignoring the cause of the trouble.
If only we could understand this message in our day.