The Original Sin is a Myth
An ancient tradition affirms that Adam and Eve's sins passed on to us, meaning that because of their sins we are all condemned to hell. In other words, it means that because a father sins his son goes to hell. This doctrine is against what the Bible teaches us about God's character. This is one of the many errors and heresies that Protestants inherited from Catholicism. This is why in Catholicism they baptize babies. They do it in order to "clean" babies from their supposed "original sin".
It is true that we inherit bodily characteristics from our ancestors ( genotype and phenotype), but our souls do not. To think that our parents transmit to our souls their own soul characteristics is equivalent to think that the soul is made of biological matter, and that our souls are formed by the union of sperm and egg, in our mother's womb. To think that our body is the soul is one of the many heresies of the Russellites.
If we inherited our souls and its characteristics from our parents, then no one would be guilty of sin, because we inherited it. We could do nothing about it. It is like an Indian or an African inheriting their bodily characteristics from their ancestors. Why condemn a person to hell because he is Chinese or Indian? Why condemn a man because his ancestors transmitted their sinful attitude? This is not what the Bible teaches us. Let's see.
Solomon told us that God created human beings perfect, but each of them, sooner or later, went astray from God.
"Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright;
but they have sought ourt many inventions."
( Ecc 7: 29 )
As we can see, when the souls came out form God's hands, they were upright, but later they went astray. Notice that it says "they", referring to many, not referring to only Adam. Therefore, Adam's sin is not the problem; everybody's sin is. If God made human beings upright, then they are not sinners since birth. Then, there is no original sin. Then we don't drag a condemnation that does not belong to us.
Jesus Christ taught us just the contrary of what proclaims the doctrine of the original sin. He never said anything that could be misconstrued as meaning that human beings are condemned because of Adam's sin. Conversely, his words convey the idea that we are born without any sin or condemnation.
"But Jesus said: Suffer little children, and forbid them
not, to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of
heaven." ( Matt 19: 14 )
children can go into the
Besides, if a father could transmit his sinful nature to his offspring, then from a sinful father there would never be any generations of Christians, which is not true.
The Prophet Ezekiel also reaffirms the doctrine that descendants won't carry guilt because of their ancestors' deeds, thoughts or feelings. Contrary to the doctrine of the original sin, which supposedly condemns all human beings to hell for Adam's sin, Ezekiel, inspired by the Holy Spirit, says that children don't carry over the guilt of their ancestors.
"The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying:
What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the
and the children's teeth are set on edge? As I live, saith
the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to
use this proverb in
the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine;
the soul that sinneth, it shall die." ( Ezk 18: 1-4 )
"14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's
sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not
such like, 17….. he shall not die for the iniquity of his
father, he shall surely live..…. 20 The soul that sinneth,
it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the
father neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son.
The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and
the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."
( Ezk 18: 14 - 20 abbreviated )
In Deuteronomy 24: 16 Moses teaches that the guilt of the father must not be charged on the son. If God teaches us so, how can we think that He is going to do the opposite? I don't see in the Scriptures any backing for the heretical doctrine of the "original sin". If God says that children must not be condemned by their father deeds, much less is God to send to Hell a person because of Adam's sin.
"The fathers shall not be put to death for the children,
neither shall the children be put to death for the
fathers; every man shall be put to death for his own sin."
( Deu 24: 16 )
In Ex 32: 31-33 we also see that human beings are born without sin. In a personal conversation with God, Moses asked the Lord to blot out his name from the Book of Life if He was not going to forgive the people. The Lord answered that He blots out those who sin against Him. From God's words we draw the conclusion that every born human being is written in the book, and only after that person sins is he blotted out. Consequently, all human beings are born without sin, otherwise they were not written in the book; but if they are written in the book is because they were born without sin. This precludes the existence of the so-called "original sin". It is logical to think that God writes human beings in His book when they are born, because if He would write them only after conversion, He wouldn't have to blot anyone out of His book. If He blots some out is because He wrote them there at birth.
"And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh,
this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them
gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and
if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast
written. And the LORD said unto Moses: Whosoever hath
sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book."
( Ex 32: 31-33 )
As we can see, in order for us to believe in the "original sin" we have to submit to man made doctrines. Christian doctrines come from the Scriptures, not from church dogmas.