I get the general idea of this concept. I’m not asking about what it means. It basically means that Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden and thus the fall of man occurred. You can read more here if you want to learn more about the origin of that legend. No, what I want to know about is the reason any of this was allowed in the first place. Maybe some more learned Christian scholars can explain why sin was ever allowed and why any of us are held responsible for the actions of our ancestors.
The story goes, “God told Adam and Eve not to eat forbidden fruit. They did anyway. They were then cursed and so was all of mankind from then until the return of Jesus.” That’s the gist of it. So my question is, ‘why does this make any sense?” God supposedly created a perfect world and a fallen angel somehow ruined his plans. There are endless questions that follow, and almost all of them are “why?” Why would God allow an angel to fall if he was in full control? Why would he then allow that fallen angel to tempt and corrupt mankind? Why would God then curse his creation when he himself allowed that corruption? Why are we cursed today for something that happened way back in the beginning with the first two humans? We hear a lot of reasons why we need Jesus and why we need to turn to God. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) We are doing, saying, and thinking things that were not part of God’s plan and therefore need forgiveness. We talk so much about what we have done wrong and how to make our relationship with God right again. What we don’t talk about nearly enough is how any of this makes any sense whatsoever and why we should believe it.
How could a perfect god allow sin if he was in fact perfect and in complete control? Is he not perfect or not in complete control? If he allowed sin intentionally for his own purposes, then why are we held responsible for sins committed? He supposedly doesn’t tempt us, but by allowing sin, is that not temptation? He supposedly despises all sin. We are told that it angers him when people fall victim to the temptation of sin. But if he allowed or even introduced sin into this world himself, then who is really to blame, us or him? Being the reason for sin or allowing it when you have the power to stop it is reason enough to accept some sort of culpability, yet the blame is shifted from God to us. Here comes that question again: Why?
We as mere humans do not have any ability beyond what we are given. If you believe in creation, then you need to accept that all we are and all the abilities we have are limited to what the creator allows. If sin exists, God allowed it. If we sin, God allowed it. If Satan rebelled, God allowed it. God is either weak or he isn’t. If he isn’t weak and could have stopped these things, then why did he allow them and then punish us as a result of us giving in to the temptation of the sin he allowed? Does he enjoy watching us suffer for crimes we either didn’t commit (original sin) or crimes we do commit (current sin) that he himself allows? ALL sin is, and always has been, preventable if God is who we are told he is. All-powerful is not a good descriptor if he can’t stop something from happening that he despises so much. All-knowing is not a good descriptor if he didn’t know Satan would fall and he didn’t know we would be tempted. Yet, the Bible describes both things as being true. Satan was able to rebel and God was unaware that his Garden tenants would eat from the forbidden tree. Incompetence does not justify punishment and weakness does not justify shifting the blame. So what’s the deal? Why is sin here and why is God okay with holding us responsible for his actions?(or inaction)
The only logical conclusion that I can come up with for this is that the Bible account is wrong. It’s simply not true. You cannot portray God as all-powerful and have him allowing sin at the same time. These two concepts are incompatible with each other. If you believe he is all-powerful yet you also believe sin exists, then you are admitting that it was all part of God’s plan to allow us to rebel against him in the first place. It was part of his plan to allow rebellion and then punish us all because of his allowance. You are saying that sin is a good thing because God is good and anything he says or does is good. Can someone please explain this to me? No one yet has explained this in a satisfactory manner. Nothing I have read online has been able to. No religious experts have done so. No pastor in my life could explain it. Everyone seems content dealing with the aftermath of original sin and not addressing the cause of it. I had issues with this as a Christian and I still have them now.
Free will is not an excuse. I’ve heard this before. Saying the angels had free will like we do and one of them chose evil over good is not a real answer. If angels had free will to choose, then why was evil an option? Why would rebelling against God be a choice that God made available, only to lash out in anger when someone picked it? Why would God create evil and sin just to see if someone would choose that over good? If he created that option, then why is he angry about it? It seems like we were set up to fail. He knew we’d sin as soon as the option he made available was offered to us, yet he allowed it anyway? If Satan chose the evil option (with freewill) supplied by God and then corrupted mankind with that evil, why was God surprised by it? Again, all-knowing is something God doesn’t seem to have going for him.
We are told that we are dirty, sinful, rebellious creatures deserving of death and we need Jesus for salvation. I ask again, who allowed us to be dirty, sinful, rebellious creatures in need of salvation in the first place? What is the root cause of sin? Is it those who ate of the forbidden fruit or the one who planted the tree?