Susannah (susannah) wrote in christianity,

Critique of 'Original Sin' and Assertion of 'Original Beauty'

I think it's commonsense that we're all selfish (and some people do horrific things) but this selfishness is probably part of our evolutionary survival mechanism (although the future evolution of our species probably depends just as much on the skills and desire to co-operate).

I also think there is a common spiritual principle across many faiths of: death to selfishness and opening up (in different situations) to love.

What I'm less convinced of is Paul and the Early Church's very 'mechanical' "package" of a kind of original sin based on the sins of Adam and Eve.

Given that Adam and Eve almost certainly didn't exist (certainly not as ancestorless, perfect human beings in a Garden of Eden), it seems to me that for Paul to build his theological "construction" on these non-existent personalities and non-existent events, and then create some universal consequence for all humanity because of their non-existent actions, is simply a reflection of Paul's over-intense religiosity and desperate need to explain and control.

While I think it is important to recognise and acknowledge the terrible consequences of human selfishness, I don't think we are obliged to 'buy into' Paul's personal "package".

I think our need for salvation is a reflection of our need for Godde, not because we are all fundamentally sick, evil, worthless.

And at the same time as I prefer to re-define Paul's artificial "construction" in more rational terms, I also argue that we should play up our true origins, created as children of Godde in the image of Godde, and encourage one another to reclaim again and again our original beauty, our original goodness, our original love.

I personally think this whole approach is more balanced than Paul's intense mechanism and desire to control ideas.

For my full critique of ‘original sin’ you can click hereCollapse )

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