I was thinking about sin this morning with my coffee only because it’s so sinfully dark and delicious. I’m reading a book titled, Did God Kill Jesus by Tony Jones. I’m not going to give you a book review or anything like that. But the thoughts about Original Sin came to mind from reading a few chapters this morning.
What is Original Sin?
The doctrine of original sin says that everyone is a sinner coming into this world. When you’re born, you’re a sinner. That is our inherited default. Adam and Eve were responsible for the original sin when they disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Take a look at this short, 2-minute video clip.
The Second Creation Story
The second creation story in Genesis is where we learn about Adam and Eve. Starting in Genesis 2:7, we see that God formed man from the dust from the ground, breathed into his nostrils, and became a living being. Then he planted the Garden of Eden, where the infamous Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was located, along with other trees.
The Garden of Eden
God created the rivers to flow through his sacred garden. Then God put the man in the garden to till it and maintain it. At this time, God told the man he could freely eat from any tree except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. All the trees must have been labeled or something.
God Created Woman
God then decided that the man needed a woman. But, before he created the woman, he made the man give names to all the living animals in the world. That must have taken a few years to give names to billions of animals. Did he have to write the names down?
God says that a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife. That’s kind of a weird statement since this man didn’t have a father and a mother. Then God put the man to sleep, took out one of his ribs, and created a woman. And when did the wedding take place? Oh well. I’m just a bit dense, I guess.
The first man and woman were created, naked and not ashamed of their nakedness. I guess I wouldn’t be ashamed or embarrassed in front of many animals, either, since there weren’t any other humans around yet.
The Talking Serpent
The talking serpent and the woman with no name were discussing the forbidden fruit from the one tree in the garden. The woman said, “Yeah, God told us that we can’t even touch the fruit from that tree, or we’ll die!” The serpent said, “You won’t die! God knows that you will learn the difference between good and evil.”
The Invention of Clothes
The woman, still unaware of the difference between good and evil, took a wild-ass guess and determined on her own that the fruit on that forbidden tree sure looked good. She took a bite and gave her man a piece of fruit, and he also ate it. After taking a bite, their eyes were opened, and they realized that they were naked in front of all those animals. The animals must have been snickering or something. The first set of clothes was invented from fig leaves.
God Catches Them
Next thing you know, they heard God walking in the garden, so they hid because they didn’t want to show off their new threads. God called out to the man because he couldn’t find him. The man said, “Hey God, we’re naked, so we didn’t want to embarrass you.” God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat the fruit from the forbidden tree?”
The man ratted out the woman. The woman confessed that the serpent made her do it. She just realized that it must have been evil to eat from a tree God had forbidden. “Oh, I get it now! I didn’t understand until I took the first bite!” yelled the woman! “That doesn’t matter! You’re in big trouble, young lady!” exclaimed God.
God punished the snake by making it crawl on his belly. He didn’t have any legs and wasn’t sure how to get around. The snake was right, by the way. The man and woman did not die from eating the forbidden fruit.
God punished the woman by giving her excruciating labor pains in childbirth. And the man was punished by having to till the soil forever. At this point, the man decided to name his wife Eve. He was good at picking names by now.
God Makes Clothes
God made the man and woman some new threads because he didn’t like the fig leaf statement. He must have been into fashion somewhat—just my guess.
God said to the other gods, “The humans have become like one of us, knowing good and evil! I’d better kick them out of the garden before they decide to eat from the Tree of Life!”
God Banishes Adam
God threw Adam out and placed cherubim with flaming swords to guard the way to the Tree of Life. We can only assume that Eve went with Adam; otherwise, the human population wouldn’t exist.
My Thoughts On Original Sin
I’ve always loved the Adam and Eve story. God gives man and woman a moral choice knowing they can’t make the right choice. Eve, tempted by the serpent, made the incorrect decision. God punishes them anyway and expels them from the garden.
And what about Original Sin? In God’s eyes, Adam and Eve disobeyed his command not to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. But isn’t that a Catch-22? How would they know the difference between what is good (obeying God’s command) or evil (disobeying God’s command) until they had the knowledge? And they wouldn’t have the knowledge until the fruit was touched or eaten.
More Coffee, Please!
I don’t claim to be a Bible Scholar. I enjoy reading the Bible while having coffee in the morning. It’s time for another forbidden cup!
Notes In My Head
Do you read only one version of the Bible? I used to until I started noticing the differences over the years. For example, when is the first time the man is called “Adam” in the book of Genesis? In the KJV it appears in 2:19; the NIV 2:20; the NRSV 4:25. You can view all these versions and more at BibleGateway.com. Happy reading!