The Bible speaks of sin in an all encompassing manner about human beings.
Imputed Sin: As a consequence of Adam's sin, God's judgment of death was introduced and applied to all human
beings (Gen 3:19;
Rom 5:12-21). Imputed sin describes man's legal standing before God's judicial
Hereditary Sin: By eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve altered human nature so that their "eyes were
opened" and they "hid themselves from the presence of God" (Gen 3:7-8). Hereditary sin
describes the genetic feature of human nature that is passed down to each generation (Ps 51:1-5;
Eph 2:3; Jer 17:9).
Personal Sin: Governed by one's natural sinful nature, the ungodly desires of one's heart is manifest through
one's behavior (Deut 24:16; Ezek 18:20;
With this understanding, one can perceive the full scope of sin: universal imputation of guilt, natural genetic aspects of human nature,
and personal accountability of one's desires of the heart.