The false “fallen-ness of man/ creation” doctrine introduced by the apocryphal 3rd chapter of Genesis (see my earlier proofs and posts) affirms falsely that some irrevocable condition has taken hold of the planet, following a like lapse in the character of man. The Proverbs plainly contradict this. Here, Solomon indicates that “by mercy and charity sin is atoned for.”
This speaks of no “irrevocable condition,” but rather affirms a kind of fairly simply contingent “rebound” is easily possible by way of repentance. “Whoever conceals his sin does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.” The newer testament also properly speaks of “good things” that “your heavenly father” will give to those who ask him (Matthew 7), including bread and fish — foods commonly eaten in the middle east of the first century. Everything here is understood still to be “good,” not fallen. It is impossible that something should be both “good” and “fallen” at the same time — as the self-contradictory “general fallenness doctrine” requires — unless one consents to the “goodness of the fall.”
This would raise questions in my mind. I hold that this very doctrine functions as a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, where the way one judges the world is the way God judges us — with the measure we use, it will be measured back to us. The world is not fallen, but just as good as it was originally. It is merely in need of restoration, just as mankind is. But we are not lapsed into some kind of ethical coma with no way out of the groggy pit.
The sin that causes a loss in fellowship with God is in every case restored by repentance and restoration — as we say “seventy times seven.” God is more merciful than man is willing to grant. Restoration awaits those who repent, restore the damage done to one’s neighbor by his sin (as the Lord commands), and who walks after God’s commandments — obedience is still better than forgiveness.