In conclusion, just as through one transgression condemnation came upon all, so, through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all. For just as through the disobedience of one man the many were made sinners, so, through the obedience of the one the many will be made righteous…” (Today’s reading Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21)
Much is made of the story of Adam and Eve and how through Adam “sin entered the world” But the story should not be taken literally. I suspect very few of us do and certainly not our young adults – educated on evolution and our universe’s vastness and timelessness – who wonder if our faith is built on sand and not on rock especially when we rely on a biblical story that is metaphorical. Our Catechism isn’t very helpful [to be fair, I may not have looked hard enough].
Sin enters our world every day through pride, prejudice, persecution, and perfidy, just to name a few ways. Therefore, I tend not to focus on original sin, and I always struggle how to understand the concept, especially when I baptize babies. I understand the theological basis for original sin, but I’m much more preoccupied with daily sin that is easier to understand, especially the consequences.
That’s one reason why believing that God didn’t want Adam and Eve to know the difference between good and evil (eat from the tree of knowledge of good and bad) is odd. Without eating that fruit, the couple would never have died, so says the story. Come again?
Paul stressed the sin of Adam. I’m more concerned about the sins of David and my daily responses to Jesus Christ.
Deacon David Pierce