Man, created by God to fulfil His purpose of perfecting His Creation, became a dying creature, as the result of the sin of the first man, Adam. All the offspring of this first man - the whole human race - experience the same powerful desires to follow their own ways rather than obey God, just like their forefather in his disobedience. As such all men become sinners before God. The punishment for sin is death, the end of all existence.

[Romans 5:12-14; 3:23; Jeremiah 17:9; Mark 7:21-23; Romans 6:23; Ecclesiastes 9:1-6, 10; Psalm 146:4]