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ORIGIN 1.5a
Original sin
The doctrine of original sin comes Genesis 2 in Old Testament:
Genesis 2:
Supported by these verses in New Testament:
Verses:
Do those verses really say that?
Consider this interpretation of the same scripture texts:
  • Sin was not eating the fruit, but disobeying God's command. Symbolism tree of knowledge of good and evil.
  • Sin was not eating the fruit, but disobeying God's command. Symbolism tree of knowledge of good and evil.
  • Not a physical thing, as passed on in genes.
  • REASON: Result of free will.
  • Of course, with free will, everyone will sin.
  • In fact, disobedience (sin) is inherent in free will. If no one ever sinned, there would be no free will. God knew that man would disobey.
  • Free will is necessary for love.
  • A careful reading of the Bible text shows that Adam was not the first to sin. Satan sinned first by convincing Eve to eat. Eve sinned second by eating. Then Adam third. Sin entered the world before Adam sinned.
  • So we can't blame Adam. We sin, too. True, everyone coming from Adam's line is a sinner because everyone since has moral and free will. Only way God can be just.
  • Bible does not name original sin as concept, one that sin is traced back to Adam.
  • Because Bible names Adam as first sinner rather than Eve, go back to Adam first having instructions and free will. Adam got spiritual nature first.
The above seems to be a more nuanced and precise explanation of what happened than the traditional interpretation of saying we have to pay penalty for Adam.
The term original sin is not used in scripture. Misleading in many ways, making God unloving and unjust but putting Adam's sin on us. We sin because of our own free will – everyone does – just like Adam, because since him, we have free will to disobey God.
But wherever the emphasis is put – original sin or free will – get us to the same place. Romans 3:23:
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