Published on March 8, 2014
Human’s Choice to turn away from God: First Sin Narratives Sources: Sacred Scriptures: Gen 3: 1-19 Church Teaching: CFC 383 “Original Sin” – state in which we are born as members of the human race The beginning of Sin: The Fall The origin of evil in the world is depicted as Adam and Eve’s sin of disobedience to God. Literary Sources: Gilgamesh Epic Legend of Adapa and the Babylonian Theodicy (2nd millennium) Key Elements: Serpent = has a prominent role in mythology Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil Tree of Life (Tree of Immortality) Entrance of Suffering and Death (as a result of sin) Original Sin = each of our sins form part of this sin of Adam, increases it and give it its particular character. Optimism = God’s Word will come true Paradise Lost Their act of eating the fruit of the forbidden tree symbolizes the abuse of the human freedom. Their act represents the temptation to “play God”, rejecting any dependence on God by deciding completely on their own what is good or bad. As a result of their sin of disobedience and pride, they experience shame; they were banished from the garden, entrance of suffering (mortality) and have loss of intimate with God. Insights into the Story Genesis uses eating the forbidden fruit as a symbol of imbiding evil. Human beings learned evil by doing evil. They had been tempted by the serpent to act against God, but eating the fruit and disobeying God were still their free choice. Temptation Enticement of Evil Any word of activity that invites people into any wrongdoings Steps of temptation Desire Doubt Deception Disobedience
n 1) 2) 3) 4) Originating Sin Question: What is the origin of sin? How did it start? Response: It started with the sin of our first parents described in Genesis It is a personal sinful act at the origins of human race It is not transmitted 5) Resulted is the loss of grace and supernatural gifts in first parents 6) As part of moral act, no longer exists 1) 2) 3) 4) Originated Sin Question: What is the basis for the sinfulness of all humans today? Response: It is the world-wide effects of the original sin (Romans 5: 11-21) There is to personal consent, the sinful state into which all are born It is transmitted by progation. 5) It consists in privation of grace in; world situation, -every person born into the world, weakened nature 6) Exists as a real dimension of the human condition 7) Wiped away by baptism: A. Incorporates the baptized into the Christian community and B. Brings the Holy Spirit to indwell in the baptized thus remaining the privation 8) But concupiscence remains.
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