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Where does sin come from? - Problematising religious ideology

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Katie O'Hara Where does sin come from? A sin is the breaking of a moral or divine rule. Throughout Genesis there is an explanation of how man first sinned and the repercussions that it had for the rest of history. There are two completely different accounts of creation by two different authors the "Story of creation" by the Priestly author and the "Garden of Eden" by the Yahweh author. Both describe the beginning of time and although different in content are fundamentally the same and have similar meanings. In "The Garden of Eden" there is the presences in the story of original sin. Adam is the first man on earth in this story, and therefore represents all men, therefore when he eats the Forbidden Fruit from the tree of Knowledge, thus sinning he sins for every man that ever existed or will exist. ...read more.

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Man is created in the image of God and is given free will responsible for nature and the world that God created for him. Therefore from this story we can draw no conclusion of the originality of sin. God created the perfect creation, without the presence of evil or sin to corrupt the world that he created in the Garden on Eden. "The Lord commanded the man 'You are free to eat from any tree in the Garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you do you will surely die." There was only one restriction to the carefree and pleasant life that humans lead. Yet it was this restriction that tested Adam and Eve giving them an opportunity to reject Gods word if they wished. This would prove that they were worthy of God and his creation. ...read more.

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return but had already set in a motion of events that would help them provide for the needs of work and physical pain. However it is the recognition of evil that brings about the recognition that certain things are "right" and others "wrong." For God to eliminate all evil in the world it would eliminate our ability of choice and consequently our ability to do both good and evil. Some people say that suffering has derived from the first sin, that every man has to suffer because of Adams and Eves past wrongs in doing something that God told them to do. According to Genesis sin originated from man, it was created as a result of mans foolishness and inability to stay true to their promise. As Adam and Eve represent the first man and the first woman they represent every human being, so when the sinned every human being sin and thus the origination of sin. ...read more.

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