Following an exchange with a friend that at one point included the concept of children inheriting the sins of their fathers I’ve kind of been thinking about it.
Sins of the fathers is at the core of the Garden of Eden story and “original sin” – that’s something really difficult for me to wrap my mind around.
Literally billions upon billions of people have been born and died since the “garden”, each entering the world guilty for no other reason than being born, and yet people generally refer to the new born and children as being innocent.
As the photo above illustrates those who haven’t heard “the word” apparently are either innocent or receive a pass of some sorts.
In the world of political correctness that would be labeled as discrimination.
One thing I know for a certainty is more evil has been committed in the name of religion and the zealotry that accompanies it proclaiming each to be the one true way than any other vehicle I can think of.
Mysteries surround us, they are inescapable, but no mystery exists when it comes to the construct of inheriting the sins of another – it is a concept I completely reject just as I would the distant belief that volcanos were fire gods that had to be appeased – or the sun was a god that demanded human sacrifice.
The argument when it comes to original sin is always that any attempt to question or deny it amounts to anthropomorphism, an attempt to define a god with human values and therefore an impossibility.
Maybe so, but I would question any belief system whose god sends emissaries to brutalize, subjugate, and even murder in their name, or to condemn every person who has ever lived.
Historically religion has dictated culture to a large degree, currently the opposite seems to be true, culture is dictating the direction religion is taking.
Nowhere is it more obvious than among televangelists who in running their scams and living lives of wealth and entitlement that flies in the very face of the faith they promote – enter the “prosperity doctrine” as a qualifier, or if you like a “word from the lord”.
The same is happening in ndn country as the nations internet evangelists promote themselves, run scams, count their money, and sell whatever they can related to indigenous beliefs.
They’ve been somewhat more imaginative though, few would claim a visitation with Jesus, walking and talking with him while being given a specific message to relay only they are capable of doing.
Not seeing that as an insurmountable obstacle they’ve substituted aliens, star people, and even visitations by St. Germaine.
They don’t have statues animate and speak to them but they’ve got crystal skulls …. how cool is that?
There’s a novelty item of talking teeth, I’m thinking something along the lines of a talking crystal skull could be a real money maker, maybe even more than that potato head toy.
I’ve known and know people of just about any faith you could name and among them I consider some to be fine people but I have no use for zealots or holier than thous.
Religion has been a comfort for many and inspired them to be a better person – I know people who fall into that category and say it is a good thing in that context – but I don’t believe there exists a one size fits all, and apparently neither do believers when you count the number of religions in the world.