Lutherís teaching: with the fall of Adam, man was hopelessly corrupt; his
will unable to choose anything in the moral realm.
Biblical argument: The Bible stresses both the human factor of the freedom
of the will, and the Divine factor of grace.
I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set
before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life,
then, that you and your descendants may live. See also
Ecclesiastes 15:18; Matthew 23:37.
Churchís teaching: Adamís gift was basic humanity that defined essential
human nature; a material body and an immaterial soul; essential
to the human person is its highest faculties, its intellect (mind,
power of reasoning, seeking truth) and its will (considering options,
making choices, seeking what is good); to destroy either of these
powers, one would no longer have a human person but as mere