I think I might no longer believe in Original Sin, Satan or Hell, or at least not in the way many Xns believe in these things. This is part one of a what will be a three part post exploring these ideas.
Original Sin seems the most easy and obvious one so I'll start with it. I've been mulling over this for a few days (which I know is not very blog like) and my initial thoughts were...
Original Sin is mentioned no where in the Bible and is to me some what of a cop out way of explaining why we humans do bad things. I disagree with the notion that we are all born sinful. I think we are all born with the ability to choose to sin or not and we will eventually be given a choice where we choose badly. My 3 month old daughter who is not yet capable of those kind of decisions is therefore sinless at the moment. Like Adam and Eve we are born with the possibility of a sinless life. What is different is that post garden we are born with somewhat more of a disconnection from God than Adam and Eve. We are not walking around in a garden with God, we are walking around with humans, learning from humans and with the same capability to choose sin as Adam and Eve. Therefore it is certain that as long as we live long enough we will sin at some stage. It is possible to be human and not sin, and Jesus is the example of this. I think to say otherwise would be to deny Jesus humanity.
I was not 100% happy with this paragraph having written it. The thing I don't think I was happy with was the word sin. So often I think sin gets boiled down to just wrong moral or ethical choices and to me it's just so much more than that. Lately I've started to think more in the musical terms of dissonance and harmony. It is like God is play a rhythm track to life and that we can either play in harmony with that or not. This analogy acknowledges that there is a great freedom being Xn, a freedom that transcends a list of do's and don’ts. The gift of the spirit can be seen as the gift of being able to hear that rhythm track. Further more, I think people can probably relate to the idea of being out of tune with God more so than being inherently evil. None the less there's still bits about my first paragraph I like. Original sin is not in the Bible, it denies our ability to chose to sin (if we're made to be that way by something other than ourselves) and is pretty much not helpful in any way as far as I can see.