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74 • Part I. The Creed: The Faith Professed

• Adam and Eve transmitted to all future generations a human nature

wounded by their sin and deprived of original holiness and justice.

This deprivation is called Original Sin.

• Because of Original Sin, human nature is subject to ignorance, suf-

fering, death, disorder in our appetites, and an inclination to sin—an

inclination called concupiscence.

• But the victory over sin that Jesus accomplished has provided

greater blessings than those taken away. “Where sin increased grace

abounded all the more” (Rom 5:20). Baptism delivers us from

Original Sin.

• Because every human being is made in the image of God, each one

has a desire for union with God. Humanity has been reconciled to

God by the redemptive death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Although set by God in a state of rectitude, man, enticed by

the evil one, abused his freedom at the very start of history.

He lifted himself up against God, and sought to attain his goal

apart from him. Although they had known God, they did not

glorify him as God, but their senseless minds were darkened

and they served the creature rather than the creator (cf. Rom

1:21-25). What Revelation makes known to us is confirmed by

our own experience. For when man looks into his own heart he

finds that he is drawn towards what is wrong and sunk in many

evils which cannot come from his good creator. Often refus-

ing to acknowledge God as his beginning, man has also upset

the relationship which should link him to his last end; and at

the same time he has broken the right order that should reign

within himself as well as between himself and other men and

all creatures.

Man therefore is divided in himself. As a result, the whole

life of men, both individual and social, shows itself to be a

struggle, and a dramatic one, between good and evil, between

light and darkness. Man finds that he is unable of himself to

overcome the assaults of evil successfully, so that everyone feels

as though he is bound by chains. But the Lord himself came