Original Sin

(…continued from Judging God)

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She is doing what millions of billions of people have done since the serpent deceived Eve and Adam.

“This is the real score: God doesn’t want you to be like him, to know good and evil”, the serpent said.

But Eve and Adam decided that it was indeed desirable to be like God, to know good and evil. They thought that it was unfair of God to keep them from being like him in that way—so they went ahead and ate the forbidden fruit.

This is the original sin: the desire to be like God, able to decide for oneself what is good and what is evil—independent of God!

Man the creation looks at God the Creator and says, “I can be like you, you know. I can decide for myself what is good and what is evil. I can set my own standards. I don’t have to depend on your standards”.

So man sets his own standards for judging what is good and what is evil. Then he compares his standards with God’s—and then evaluates God’s standards according to his own standards.

“Well, OK, I know that you said that is wrong, but, you see, it actually depends. That may be wrong in this situation, but I think you’ll have to agree that it can actually be the right thing to do in this situation…”

Then…
“You know what? I’ve done a lot of thinking. That thing you say is wrong? It’s not just the right thing in some situations, but come to think of it, it’s actually the right thing in all situations!”

Still later…
“There’s no real right and wrong anyway. It all depends. If I may say so, you were a bit off there, God, when you gave us the entire notion of sin, of right and wrong. No such thing, big guy. It all depends.”

“How do I know? I’ve got wisdom, big guy. I know what’s right and what’s wrong. I ate the fruit which—in your selfishness!—you told me not to eat”.

And…
“I don’t need you to tell me what is good and what is evil, what’s right and what’s wrong. I can decide all that for myself, thank you. I don’t need your standards. I don’t need your guidance.”

“In fact, guess what? I don’t even need you at all.”

“You give me no good standards. What you call evil I call good. What you call good, well, me no like.”

“You don’t give me wisdom. You don’t make me happy. In fact, I’ve found other gods who give me more wisdom. They give me more happiness. They deserve my loyalty more. Jealous yet?”

Finally…
“I can be wise all by myself, and if I need it find more wisdom elsewhere. I can be happy without you, and find still more happiness elsewhere.”

“I don’t need you.”

“Remember you said I would die if I ate that fruit? Hah! Newsflash! I’m still alive! And you’re—dead! Bam! Goodbye!”

“You were right about that fruit, though—I AM much wiser now.”

And the serpent laughs.

To be continued

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This is Part 2 of a series. Other posts in this series:

Part 1: Judging God

Part 3: To Understand, Stand Under

Part 4: Dying for Rebels

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6 Responses

  1. This is interesting to reply to. If what you say is true (in the sense that there really is a God and that judging good from evil independently is the original sin), I am very much a sinner and I further think that to be so is the right thing to do, which kind of confirms your thesis.

    If, on the other hand, you are not correct, the fact that I doubt and decide for myself what is good and evil is the right thing to do, as your way is be adhering to random bits of ancient literacy.

    This helps me to understand why some Christians/atheists have such strong reactions to the others.

  2. Hi, Tommi.

    You’ve raised a point which I intend to address in the third part of the series, so I do hope you won’t mind if I don’t respond to it just yet.

    I’m sure you have read Judging God, and now that you’ve responded to Original Sin, I wouldn’t want to diminish your anticipation for part 3 (now is that being presumptuous or is that being presumptuous? just kidding 🙂 )

    However, I can do that only after two weeks. I’ll be off to the southern part of the Philippines this Saturday and I’ll be staying there ’til the 1st of May, to teach in a seminary a short summer module on the Old Testament prophets.

    Hope you won’t mind the wait. ‘Til then, hang loose, friend.

    Blessings!

    Mel

  3. Hi. I’ll wait, go enjoy your seminary.

  4. What about the point that ‘the desire to be like God, able to decide for oneself what is good and what is evil—independent of God’ could only have been instilled in us by God in the first place?

    As an aside, I can feel the words ‘free will’ moving rapidly towards this conversation. 😛 If I’m right, there could be an interesting conversation in it, because I accept that there’s no such thing as free will… But that may be the topic for another thread. ^_^

  5. An omnipotent and omniscient creator certainly kind of conflicts with the concept of free will.

  6. Hi, Che. Hi, Tommi.

    So sorry for being absent from my own blog for such a long time. I was out of town last week. Perry and I held a seminar in a beautiful city called Baguio (check out these sites also 😉 ).

    Anyway, you’ve touched on a classic paradox that has been a source of great discussions (and even disagreements and not a few quarrels, sadly 😦 ) among Christians. That is the question of God’s sovereignty vs. man’s free will.

    I hope to touch a little bit on that in the next post—when I finally get around to posting something 🙂 .

    Thank you so much for your patience, guys—and your comments!

    Warmest regards!

    Mel

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