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Although the account of the fall of humanity into sin in Genesis indicates that Eve was actually the first individual to commit sin, the Bible consistently thereafter (in verses such Romans 5:12 and 1 Corinthians 15:21-22) refers to sin as having entered the world through Adam, and being passed down through the male line. That is why it is not necessary to view Mary as having been conceived without sin in order to have given birth to Jesus. Jesus' divinity and freedom from original sin was indicated and assured by the fact He was conceived through the action of God Himself, rather than through conception by a human male. That is not to say that women are without sin. They are also sinners both by nature and by their actions. However, both a man and a woman contribute to any conception of new life, and it is through the man's contribution that the sin nature is passed.
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