Originally Posted by Dave Lane
So why does everyone have original sin if not from Adam and Eve?
If you define 'original sin' as people (mankind) are inherently bad (are born with 'sin' in their hearts), even scientists, philosophers and literary masters have this debate all of the time...(IOW use the story of eating the apple as a parable like many do)
Now this is just my opinion, I'm not Christian but personally I can see how the 'original sin' parable is just a way of examining the inherent greed, violence, selfishness and will to survive / thrive even at the expense of others and at the expense of nature/mother earth.
Jesus was an example of someone who did the exact opposite of these basic instincts (original sins / functional evolutionary traits) ... and therefore Christians study and learn from him in order to model their lives after him and try to overcome these 'sins'
I mean it really isn't that hard to figure out..I don't understand why all of these 'smart' people have such a tough time with very basic ideas....personally I think there is a lot of dishonesty involved...intentionally being obtuse, for the sake of debate...Either that or maybe some people just aren't as smart as they think they are.