What is the deal with original sin?

OK so, correct me if I am wrong here.

So back in the book of genesis, adam and eve were bad, broke some rules, cursed all of humanity to have original sin.

Then later jesus turns up, with seemingly one main reason, to give humanity a way to remove this original sin, through baptism.

So jesus came to earth due to the original sin issue.

But many people when questioned about genesis and creation and global floods shy away from the questions by saying that genesis is a metaphor, a story, not to be taken literally.

Fair enough.

but then if genesis is a metaphor, a story, not to be taken literally, whats up with original sin? Why did jesus even turn up if the events in genesis weren't real?

Is jesus just a story, a metaphor, not to be taken literally either?

46 Answers

  • 4 days ago
    Best answer

    In the first place, God instructed Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Once they did they were then held accountable for that knowledge, just like a small child is now. As for Jesus, He paid the price for man's sin by being crucified though He was without sin. It is accepting the free gift of salvation, not the baptism that pays the price for our sin. When God looks upon someone that has received that gift, He does not see the sin, but His Son. Baptism is merely a public confession of having received the gift of salvation. None of this is intended to be seen as a metaphor.

    • Climate Realist
      Lv 7
      3 days agoReport

      Wombatfreaks does not realize that someone else could have sinned. But, if no one had sinned, we would all go to Heaven, without Jesus.

  • 3 days ago

    look the thing is that god dosent exist. so why not just create a religion which explains how humanity started.

  • 3 days ago

    It just means that our body is an animal with negative emotions that need to be defeated by obeying all of Jesus' sayings .

  • 3 days ago

    No. Jesus came to remove sin and it affects in the future. Baptism does not get rid of sin. Notice what the Bible teach:

    New World Translation

    1 Peter 3:21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, is also now saving you (not by the removing of the filth of the flesh, but by the request to God for a good conscience), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Baptism allow you to gain God’s approval if you continue to obey his laws, standards and principles. If we make a mistake we and truly repented, we can gain forgive for our based on Jesus’ sacrifice. Act 3:19 Repent, therefore, and turn around so as to get your sins blotted out, so that seasons of refreshing may come from Jehovah himself. That sin is wipe out as if it never happen. 

    New World Translation

    Isaiah 1: 16 Wash  yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove your evil deeds from my sight; Stop doing bad...18 “Come, now, and let us set matters straight between us,” says Jehovah. “Though your sins are like scarlet, They will be made as white as snow; Though they are as red as crimson cloth, They will become like wool.For more information, go to WWW.JW.ORG.

  • What do you think of the answers? You can sign in to give your opinion on the answer.
  • 4 days ago

    The very idea of original sin is immoral.  Punish the sons for the sins of their fathers.  IMMORAL.  Religion is immoral.  Everything, with very few exceptions, in the bible is immoral.  It is a book based on superstition, fables, wishful thinking and outright lies.  Religion is the most dishonest position a person can have.  It is dishonest to assert as fact that which is not evidently true.  Religion has nothing to back it up.  No evidence.  No proof.  No facts.

    • sk8terboy1963
      Lv 4
      2 days agoReport

      It is also a fact that just about everything in the bible was ripped off from other religions that predate the bible by thousands of years.  That seems to be in conflict with what believers seem to think the big book of fairy tales says.  It is still the power of pretend.

  • 4 days ago

    There is no original sin. If there ever had been, it would have been destroyed by the atonement of Christ. We occasion our own falls from grace with every sin we commit. Even if somebody somehow managed to live a sinless live, he would still need Christ for his resurrection. Everybody needs Jesus Christ.

    Genesis is no metaphor. Jesus Christ came to redeem us from death and also suffered an infinite punishment for sin which can be applied only on condition of sincere and complete repentance, obedience, and doing good to others.

    • Mr
      Lv 5
      3 days agoReport

      you sin or no sin you will taste death anyway. no one were granted everlasting life .One does not need to be born again. All one has to do is to repent sincerely and turn to God Almighty and be righteous.

  • 4 days ago

    30 “Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!

  • 4 days ago

    Your point is valid: that if the Adam & Eve story is just a metaphor, then there was no need for the Son of God to leave Heaven to become a sinless man, then be tortured for our sin. All the Christians I know take both events literally. However, you are wrong to think that the main reason for Jesus appearing was "to give humanity a way to remove this original sin, through baptism." Baptism does not remove sin, neither original sin nor a person's personal sins. Consider this, please.

    Once a person sins, nothing they do can undo the sin they committed.  It remains.  God's law requires all sin to be punished and that would mean all humans would receive death as their 'wage' for the body of sin they had accumulated. Then they would be punished for all their sin after death, and that would be hell. See Romans 6:23, which adds "but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Therein lies our only hope - to receive that gift. Now, it's an undeserved gift and we cannot pay for it because you insult the giver if you offer to pay for it. Not that any human could pay for God's gift - see Psalm 49:7-15. Jesus had to die as a sinless man to bear the punishment for all sin, then God could freely pardon those who repentantly put faith in that provision.

    Baptism is just the outward and public testimony of a person having received that gift of forgiveness. Once that 'transaction' between the sinner and God takes place, the person becomes born again of the Spirit, adopted into God's heavenly family, i.e. a Christian.  The cleansing from all sin has to happen first, by the grace of God, before baptism can be carried out. To try to do it the other way around is to mock God's perfect arrangement. Hope that helps you on that one point of misunderstanding.

    • Adullah M
      Lv 7
      3 days agoReport

      Islam ,the first and the last religion of GOD teach that , all mankind were/are and going to be born sinless up till their intellectual age. So there is no original sin , in the sight of GOD, the Lord of all the worlds.

  • Den B7
    Lv 7
    4 days ago

    Why stop there? If Jesus is to not be taken literally, then the whole concept of God would be also.

  • 4 days ago

    God gave Adam and Eve ONE order, and they disobeyed him --- the first example of how actions have consequences because we are responsible for our decisions.

    The meaning of "Adam"(mankind) suggests that the Jews consider the creation story an allegory, in which case Adam represents the first person who sinned and the name is immaterial.  

    No, Jesus didn't come to remove original sin.  Jesus came to teach us how to live and to give us the ability to repent of our sins so as to have a chance to go to heaven -- no guarantees.  

    Source(s): Greek Orthodox Christian
Still have questions? Get answers by asking now.