Have you thought about ORIGINAL SIN?
Have you ever thought, why it is so difficult to explain the concept of Original Sin?
There is no subject in Christianity, more liable to cause Christian theologians to fight each other, and even fundamentalistic Christians to profess their outspoken doubt than ORIGINAL SIN.
If you study the Genesis story about Adam & Eve, then you will see that everything in the garden of Eden from the forbidden fruit to serpent are figurative and symbolic.
ADAM, EVE, SERPENT, GARDEN, TREE OF LIFE etc are mere symbolic representation of a higher truth, which can never be explained in very simple words or sentences.
Let us analyze the chain of events. Genesis is a story of God creating the universe in SIX  days and resting on 7th day. It deals with the evil serpent, and the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. That TREE OF KNOWLEDGE, you can see in every religion in the world, including Babylonian religions and Hinduism.
Even though, many theologians try to project GOD AS GOOD & LOVING, those adjectives of God are purely man_made. God is TIMELESS. GOD IS NEITHER GOOD NOR BAD. Man due to his limited knowledge sees God with attributes without realizing the fact that God has no attributes.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ACCORDING TO GENESIS?
God said to Adam: Of the tree of knowledge of GOOD AND EVIL you should not eat, for the day that you eat of it, you shall die [ GEN 2:17].
Adam & Eve disobeyed and ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of GOOD & EVIL. By eating that forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve came to know RIGHT & WRONG and GOOD & EVIL and their own naked-ness. ACCORDING TO THE HOLY BIBLE THAT CAUSED THE FALL OF MAN.
1. Why should all mankind be punished for a SIN [ eating the forbidden fruit] COMMITTED BY one man, ADAM, THE VERY FIRST MAN?
2. How can a personal God, condemn the whole humanity, for endless times, for eating one and only fruit?
3. How was the ORIGINAL SIN transmitted to the NEW BORN? If the soul according to Christianity is created instantly at birth, then how the NEW BORN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADAM'S SIN?
4. What about babies dying before the age of reason, before being BAPTIZED, AND BEFORE BEING SAVED? 5. Why God has to punish EVE more than ADAM, even though both committed the same Sin. God said to Eve-"I WILL GREATLY MULTIPLY YOUR PAIN IN CHILD BEARING: IN PAIN YOU SHALL BRING FORTH CHIL-DREN....AND YOUR HUSBAND SHALL RULE OVER YOU..."
Unluckily, Original Sin has no answer for all those questions. Jesus Christ did not say much about ORIGINAL SIN. Present teachings on ORIGINAL SIN is more of a teaching of St. St. Paul than teaching of Jesus Christ. Many liberal theologians reject the concept of original sin, stating that St. Paul might have mistaken about Original sin in his interpretation.
St. St. Paul might have tried to tell the whole truth. But due to limitations of spoken and written language his interpretations look very erroneous to us. St. St. Paul's interpretations make sense ONLY, if you analyze them through the concept of HINDU MAYA.
In Romans 5:12 St St. Paul said: THEREFORE SIN CAME THROUGH ONE MAN AND DEATH THROUGH SIN, AND SO DEATH SPREAD TO ALL MEN BECAUSE ALL MEN SINNED.
In Romans 5:15 St. St. Paul added: "FOR MANY DIED THROUGH ONE MAN'S TRESPASS. St. St. Paul is stating to the world, "DEATH CAME THROUGH ADAM AND SALVATION FROM DEATH CAME THROUGH JESUS CHRIST."
Even the concept of BORN AGAIN originated to eradicate the ORIGINAL SIN AS WELL AS ANY PERSONAL SIN.
Judaism, the mother culture of Christianity, does not accept original sin. Nor Jews accept the principle of vicarious atonement. According to Judaism, EVERY MAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS SALVATION. So all these make me conclude that ORIGINAL SIN is a symbolism and is not the way St. St. Paul explained in the Bible.
NOW LET US GO DEEP INTO THE CONCEPT OF ORIGINAL SIN.
What is Original Sin? It is the act by which man attained THE KNOWLEDGE OF RIGHT AND WRONG, GOOD AND EVIL.....In a nutshell, Adam and Eve learned DUALITY CONCEPT [Dwaita]BY EATING THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT.
I feel the DEATH that is associated with ORIGINAL SIN is not biological death at all. It is the spiritual death, since there are statements in the Holy Bible which prove that. Just look at few of them. "BEFORE MEN ARE LIFE AND DEATH. WHATEVER THEY CHOOSE IS GIVEN TO THEM [ECCLESIASTIC 15:16]; "IF YOU LIVE AC-CORDING TO FLESH YOU WILL DIE, BUT IF BY SPIRIT YOU PUT TO DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE BODY YOU WILL LIVE [ROMANS 8:12]
ORIGINAL SIN as Hindu scriptures state is MAYA or illusion or FALSE KNOWLEDGE. Hinduism states that, the ability to discern "RIGHT AND WRONG" "GOOD & EVIL" is duality perception, which is indeed So, the HINDU MAYA is indeed the ORIGINAL SIN.
The ORIGINAL SIN is very difficult to analyze without the Hindu concept of MAYA and DUALITY. The only crime Adam committed in the garden is attaining FALSE KNOWLEDGE. That is the reason why he was aware of his nakedness. The SERPENT only depicts the inner weakness of the man.
Hinduism states that MAYA or ILLUSION caused by DUALITY PERCEP-TION [ Original Sin ] is the cause of all problems. SALVATION is realizing the TRUE KNOWLEDGE that THERE IS ONLY ONE and NOT TWO.
Unless and until we achieve that ONENESS, we will never have peace. That ONENESS we can achieve only within us.
IF WE ARE LOOKING FOR A PEACEFUL WORLD, THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. we will always have wars and rumors of wars. As long as we perceive Duality, all types of wars will go on .
PERENNIAL PEACE, as Aldous Huxley describes, can be achieved only WITHIN EACH ONE OF US. All of us can argue and look for a savior who will straighten out everything, but that hope is only A PIE IN THE SKY.
Each one of us have to work and achieve salvation of self-realization through one of the 4 methods:
JNANA YOGA [ path of knowledge];
KARMA YOGA [Path of unattached, unmotivated actions];
BHAKTI YOGA [ complete self-surrender to the God within];
RAJA YOGA [ pranayama & breath control].
So what is the answer. SEARCH WITHIN, WHAT EVER WAY YOU CAN. This does not mean to stop working, or encouraging laziness. Instead work hard, UNTIL YOU REALIZE UNIVERSE AS ONE.
I hope the explanation I gave make sense. To me, the Holy Bible carries a lot of symbolism and it will be wrong to come to hasty literal conclusions. I believe St. Augustine, when he said: KNOWLEDGE ALWAYS EXISTED. IT BECAME CHRISTIAN AFTER THE BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST. So Hindu Vedas and Buddhist Dharmapada should concur with Jesus. They cannot differ.
I WISH TO CONCLUDE BRINGING UP IMPORTANT POINTS ONCE OVER AGAIN.
1. Original Sin can be explained ONLY by "Hindu Dualism & Maya theory." I feel Hindu concept of Dualism make sense, since no other THEORY explains the Original Sin concept well.
2. I feel the whole story of Adam & Eve, is the figment of imagination of great Jewish seers, to explain the difficult and complex nature of creation. Almost everything in that is symbolic.
ADAM is the symbolism for INTELLECT
EVE is the symbolism for SENSES
SERPENT is the symbolism for INERT WEAKNESS
TREE is the symbolism for DUALITY OF GOOD AND BAD
GOD is the symbolism for the IMMORTAL SOUL WITHIN
3. IMMORTAL SOUL [Eccl 9:5,10]is not taught in the Holy Bible. I feel it was systematically deleted from the Bible, since it was of Eastern and Greek origin. I feel IMMORTAL SOUL, is the unknown puzzle in the Bible. If you add that, you will see much of Biblical discussions make sense.
4. It is unbelievable that God threw man out of the garden for eating ONE FRUIT and cursed the woman, I WILL GREATLY MULTIPLY YOUR PAIN IN CHILD BEARING: IN PAIN YOU SHALL BRING FORTH CHILDREN.....AND YOUR HUSBAND SHALL RULE OVER YOU....
So, I conclude ADAM & EVE is just a parable, to explain the complex nature of creation. I love that story and I respect that, but also know that it is symbolic.
5. Jesus Christ said that all those great mysteries of the universe were revealed to those who were spiritually awake but to others must be told in parables. As far as I know, GNOSTICS were spiritually awaken people and it was the greatest blunder to throw them out of Christianity. Gnostic taught the whole story SYMBOLICALLY and ALLEGORICALLY. Some of them even taught SERPENT'S POINT OF VIEW. I feel those NEW AGERS and A COURSE IN MIRACLES are rebirth of GNOSTIC.
6. Philo described Genesis story in many ways. Philo sees ADAM representing STRONG HUMAN MIND, and EVE representing SENSES, female element or passion.
7. GNOSTIC state that the GOD IS WITHIN US and our human nature make us to forget that important fact. According to PTOLEMY, a follower of VALENTINUS, the story of Adam & Eve shows that HUMANS LOST THEIR DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS AND ACCEPTED MATERIAL CONSCIOUS-NESS.
8. All we are reading today about ORIGINAL SIN was written and preached by one man, St. Paul, who was a zealous persecutor of Christians once. I salute St. Paul for his fanatic love affair with the deity of Jesus Christ, but remember he also attacked THE FREE THINKING SPIRIT IN CHRISTIANITY, by his statements about WOMEN, SEX, HOMOSEXUALS, REINCARNATION etc. On other hand as I described before, St. Paul might be telling the truth, but due to limitations in the language, his interpretations look erroneous. If St. Paul's teachings are taught with HINDU MAYA in background they make sense.
9. WHAT WE SEE IS AN ILLUSION. When we dream we see that as real. In the dream we enjoy and agonize over different situations. When we comes out of dream we will say, HI! It was only a dream. Hinduism states that our present life is a dream. We are constantly jumping from one dream to another, in never ending cycles. We will go out of these only when we have self_realization. That realization may happen in one life or in million lives. But every one will achieve that one day.
10. It is said that the earliest champion of BINARY system GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ, laid down the foundation work of Modern computer, based on YIN & YANG. Just think of it, between just ON and OFF positions of countless switches, COMPUTERS ARE GENERATING A WORLD OF MULTIPLE DREAMS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ALL OF US. Computer is the perfect example of DUALITY [binary] and ILLUSION.
11. WE DO NOT SEE THIS WORLD AS AN ILLUSION, SINCE WE ARE PART AND PARCEL OF THAT ILLUSION. For example, a model's face is extreme-ly beautiful to the naked eye, but under a powerful microscope it is filled with ugly dirt and hairs. SO IT IS TRUE, WORLD IS RELATIVE AND OUR EXPERIENCES ARE RELATIVE, UNTIL WE MERGE WITH THE FINAL TRUTH.
12. Hinduism does not teach to reject the material world and lead a lazy life. In fact, Bhagavad Gita encourages man to do his duty. NOBODY SHALL GIVE UP ACTION UNTIL A TIME COMES WHEN HE SEES A WORLD AS ONE.
To run away from duty, will only make a man to do harmful things to himself and others. It is literally true that an idle mind is a devil's workshop. Again, the Hindu Bible, the Bhagavad Gita was told in a battle field and after the discourse, the disciple annihi-lated the attacking army.
So Maya Philosophy does not support INACTION or LAZINESS.
13. Why prince Siddharatha, who left his wife and kingdom to find READY MADE answers to SICKNESS, OLD AGE & DEATH could not give any answer, when he became BUDDHA ?
Why Jesus Christ could not solve the problems of the world?
Why Lao Tse said: HE WHO KNOWS NEVER TELL; AND HE
WHO TELLS NEVER KNEW?
Why Einstein who tried to develop a unified theory to answer all riddles of universe miserably failed and said: WE ARE LITTLE CHILDREN ENTERING A HUGE LIBRARY?
To all those questions, my answer is ULTIMATE TRUTHS ARE BEYOND MIND AND BEYOND DUALITY PERCEPTION. If we will never find answers, if we try to logically analyze. That is why Buddha could not give us any answer. That is why Jesus could not give us any crystal clear answer to the puzzles and paradoxes in the world.
ALL ANSWERS WE CAN ONLY EXPERIENCE WITHIN US. If anyone try to put in words, those answers he/she will miserably fail. I wish every one will follow Gnostic and people like them.
SEEK WITHIN AND NOT WITHOUT. I BELIEVE THAT A DAY WILL COME, WHEN A HUMAN BEING WILL BE MANUFAC-TURED IN THE LAB, WITHOUT THE HELP OF A MALE SPERM & AN FEMALE EGG. Then we could shout and say: MAN FINALLY ACHIEVED IN CREAT-ING ILLUSION JUST LIKE GOD...
14. The more the science advances, the more you will witness that human life as we see it, is purely mechanical.
A day is not far off, WHEN SCIENCE WILL ARTIFICIALLY MAKE HUMAN BLOOD AND OTHER BODY PARTS. Already in Sweden and Denmark, they are using pigs to provide human plasma.
A DAY IS NOT FAR OFF, WHEN A HUMAN WILL BE MANUFACTURED IN A LAB, WITHOUT THE DONATIONS OF A MALE SPERM AND A FEMALE EGG. That time you and I can jump and up and say, GOD MADE ILLUSION, NOW MAN STARTED MAKING ILLUSION.
So what is the final answer: SEEK OR SEARCH WITHIN. Try to find out the REAL "I" instead of treating the IMPERISHABLE BODY as "I".