What is original sin? Does God hold us accountable for it and if so, why?

Many people confuse original sin as an actual sin that they committed.

Original sin is more a consequence of sin rather than a sin committed by the heir.

Let me explain:

When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, the bible states that they were cast out of the Garden of Eden by God and forced to live an existence of self-sustenance

When God created the Garden of Eden, it was meant to be a sort of “Heaven on Earth”. It was Earth’s first and only “utopia”. God’s plan for this utopia was simple. Man could enjoy life and God would provide. Through all of the plentiful trees, animals, land, and resources God put into the Garden of Eden, humans would have everything they needed to survive and prosper comfortably. If humans needed anything else not provided, they would just ask God and God would give them that too.

If you think logically, a utopia is ONLY possible in a world without sin. Think about it. It is IMPOSSIBLE to have something that is completely good and enjoy complete happiness in a place where sin is also present. EVERY sin is the same. A sin can be defined as anything that hurts ourselves or another person either in the short-term or long-term (See my blog post about sin here). That is all sin is. EVERY sin will cause some sort of pain or problem for ourselves or another person, even if it doesn’t happen right away. Therefore, you see my point. A utopia is impossible anywhere sin exists, which is why every modern attempt at a utopian society after the Garden of Eden has failed.

When Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden of Eden, they were, for the first time, forced to live in a world in which sin existed. This obviously had detrimental effects on Adam and Eve, their children, and every single one of their descendants…which is all of us. After they were cast out, Adam and Eve were, at that point, forced to provide for themselves. Also, they were now unprotected from the consequences of sin, and since every sin will hurt somebody at some point in time, suffering came into existence for the first time.

This is what “original sin” is. We, like Adam and Eve after they sinned, are stuck with the consequences of their sin. We, unlike them, are born into this consequence. Unlike them, we don’t have the choice of living in God’s utopia…not in this world at least. That’s right…when Jesus came down from heaven and died for our sins, he allowed us possible passage into heaven after we physically die. That is what the church means when they say that Jesus saved us from “original sin”.

Hope that helps!