The following is another question posed by someone in our church from the last Grace-Talk session in Sept. that we were unable to discuss.
Explain the concept of “federalism” – in that Adam and Eve were our “representatives” in the garden? How is it that we are justly born with original sin – I know this is a bold question to ask but I want to better understand the justice in this. Thank you.
This is a great question that deserves a solid answer. Why is it that God passes down Adam and Eve’s sin to us? Where else in society do I have to live out the consequences of another person’s actions? A more cynical approach could be to say, “Isn’t this just the way religion seeks to control the lives of people and drive them to give to the church?” There are bunches of people who think guilt is the primary offering that the church gives to society through teaching like this. Then, the church, seeks to promote itself of being able to fill the void that this teaching has created with religion.
What say you?