I Believe in God's Justice
"I believe that men will be punish for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression." ~ PoGP AoF #2
In God's scheme of Justice there is punishment and reward and in some cases the one and the other coincide, that is the lack of the reward can be a punishment and the lack of the punishment may be the counter part of the actual reward. Along with this second article of faith concering punishment for sin in God's justice comes another scripture which speaks of God's blessings or rewards. It states:
". . . when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated." ~ D&C 130:21
There is also a similar statement in science, that is 'for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction'. Though not exactly stated in terms of obdeience and reward or sin and punishment, the concept is that the consequence for what one does will occur, whether that consequence is a good or bad event. It also underlines one sense of responsibility, that one is responsible for his or her actions and behaviors. And what is fair is that ultimately we will not be held accountible for another's actions or behaviors. And while the world does not always seem to abide these principles, we seem to be guaranteed that God, Heaven and Eternity does.
In God's Heaven and Eternity everything must needs be accounted for. And although each of us are not responsibile for Adam's transgression, Adam's transgression of God's command must be accounted for. But as the scriptures reveal the negative effects of a transgression may be countered for by a proxy performance of someone else who is willing to suffer the penalty for that tresgression. Such is stated by Apostle Paul:
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." ~ 1 Corinthians 15:22
This relieves all mankind from the fall of Adam which was 'redeemed' for by Jesus Christ. Thus in and through Jesus Christ all may be 'saved', that is all men may be redeemed from the death of mortality unto immortality. Many are relieved by this fact alone that death is not the end and that all men will be resurrected. But then the 'rest of the story' as Paul Harvey would say, comes into view. And that is that the various degrees of kingdoms and glories are further dependant upon what each individual person does or does not do.
And there is the unresolved issue, that while men will not be held accountable for Adam's trangression, men will be held accountable for their own sins and transgressions of God's laws. But just as the transgression of Adam was atoned for by Jesus Christ, even so by some such similar proxy the sins of man may also be atoned for under certain conditions and requirements. But for now we are left here upon the topic of Justice that each sin, each transgression must be reconciled by some means which justice and judgment requires.