I’m a sinner. You’re a sinner. We are all a bunch of sinners. We can’t help it. It is in our very DNA, it is our nature to sin or at least that is what one would think if they subscribe to the doctrine of original sin. In episode 10, I took a look at the Adam and Eve story and how genetics, anthropology and archeology do not support the claim that all modern humans came from two people over six thousand years ago. To most modern Christians, original sin appears to be a concept as old as Adam (who again, never existed) but they might be surprised to know that the doctrine of original sin was not invented until the second century CE. That is over two hundred years after Jesus’s crucifixion. Researching this episode there are so many nuanced claims about original sin, it would be impossible to cover them all here. We are going to cover this topic with a broad stroke. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as I tell you what a sinful little creature you are, through no fault of your own of course.
Are we born with the stain of sin? Are we cursed because Adam made a poor decision? Are we filthy sinful creatures? Find out in this weeks C-Webb’s Sunday School!
To my astute listeners, I know I mentioned at the end of episode 10 that I would look at the doctrine of original sin but here at atheistsocialworker.org, we are equal opportunity skeptics so today we are going to take a break from the Bible and travel about 600 years into the future to take a look at another holy book, The Qur’an. Criticism of the Qur’an is few and far between because anyone that criticizes it is threatened with death. I am not going to go into a long history on the Qur’an, I will save that for another episode but I will give a brief rundown on where the Qur’an came from and why it is important to Muslims.
I pull up my big boy pants and take aim at the Qur’an and its scientific claims. Hopefully I don’t get a Jihad on my ass! This is C-Webb’s Sunday School!
Today, we will continue our trip through the Old Testament. Up next on our itinerary is the story of Adam and Eve. A familiar story to most but if you are a child, you are probably ignorant of this tall tale. Theologically, Adam and Eve play a pivotal role in the story of salvation. In most Christian circles, original sin is introduced through Adam and Eve. The story told in Genesis implies that all mankind is descendent from this pair. This is how we all inherit original sin. This is why we all fall short of the glory of God. We cannot help but be sinful, it is in our nature. Does this mean sin is a genetic predisposition? Can we locate the sin genetic marker and have it turned off so that we can no longer sin? If Jesus was sinless, does he have this genetic marker for sinlessness? Can we sequence his genome? I hear there is a tip of a spear that still has his blood on it or there is this white sheet that has blood stains from his burial, how come no one has tried to pull DNA off these things? I want my sin gene turned off.