"have I not a load of original transgression pressing on me"

Adam and Eve expelled from the Land of Paradise, 1740
Public DomainAdam and Eve expelled from the Land of Paradise, 1740 - Credit: Charles-Joseph Natoire
The original sin was Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God in eating the forbidden fruit. Calvin believed that the whole of humankind inherited this guilt and were therefore sinful from the moment of conception. This inherent sin, he believed, renders us incapable of abiding by the Ten Commandments and predisposes us to offenses ranging from murder to carousing; our only hope of salvation lies in the grace of God.