I want to talk today about one of my favorite stories from the bible. If you have spent even a minimal amount of time in church, you’ve heard this story. It’s right up there with Moses parting the Red Sea and Daniel in the lion’s den. It’s the story of Adam and Eve, but more specifically the six verses that talk about original sin and the effect it had on mankind as a whole.
I want to look at it from a different perspective than you’ve probably heard because I think the story itself lends great insights into the nature of sin and what it means to actually sin. Much of the church talks about sin as if it’s just a list of rules that God writes down and then just commands us not to do. Very few churches or preachers give any serious guidance on WHY it’s considered wrong to sin and, because of it, I think it’s turned people away from the church.
I tend to think the stories in the book of Genesis are more on the level of myths that were handed down from generation to generation and that they aren’t exactly historical stories of things that actually happened. However, I would like to point out that it doesn’t necessarily matter if you believe in that one way or the other. The importance of the story isn’t whether it actually happened or not. The importance of the story is the lessons that it means to teach us. And that’s what I want to focus on today. Continue reading “The Nature of Sin”