The threefold origin of sin:
- In the universe of God’s creation, sin originated with the angel Lucifer. (1 John 3:8; Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:11-16; Revelation 12:9)
- In the world and the human race, sin originated with Adam. (Romans 5:12-19;1 Timothy 2:13-14; Genesis 3:1-21)
- In the individual, sin originates in the heart. (James 1:13-15; Mark 7:21-23; Jeremiah 17:9)
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
[A debate related to this topic is whether God is the author or originator of sin. All things were made by God and he is sovereign over all, so in the ultimate sense all things originate with God and nothing was made without him (John 1:3; Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 46:9-11; Ephesians 1:11). On the other hand, the Bible never speaks in terms of God as the author of sin, and anything that God does, by its very nature, cannot be sin (James 1:17; 1 John 1:5). It seems (to me) that Bible believers accept this enigma, while some really smart people on either end of the spectrum wrestle with it to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16).]