Original Sin – What is it? The Truth

Ok, so if you’re “religious” in some way, you’ve probably heard all about “original sin”.

Growing up, I was always told by church priests and my parents that we were born with sin…original sin.

I’ve always felt that this was somehow unfair.

Why should we be born with original sin? After all, it’s sin that we ourselves didn’t commit.

I was always taught that God was loving and forgiving.

Why then would God make me suffer for something that I did not do?

In this article I’d like to examine the truth about “original sin”.


What is Original Sin?

As a Catholic, growing up I was taught that when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden (going back to the creation of humans)…

…they were specifically told not to eat any fruit from the tree of knowledge.

God told them that they were free to eat any fruit except for fruit from that one tree.

If you read the book of Genesis, you find that eventually, through temptation, both Adam and Eve ate of that forbidden fruit.

We are also taught in modern Christianity that this is where “original sin” started.


The Truth about Original Sin

As a Christian, we’re taught that ever since Adam and Eve ate of the fruit, their sin was passed down through the generations and “stained” the souls of all of their descendants, which, because they were the first human beings, happens to be everybody on Earth.

The truth is that it is not that actual sin that is being passed down. Rather it is the consequences of the sin which they committed.

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 by God and forced to live in 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 something 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 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 where 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. They were also now unprotected from the consequences of sin. 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 pass from this world. That is what the church means when they say that Jesus saved us from “original sin”.