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Sin--A Necessary Evil?

Updated on August 14, 2009

An earth without evil is an earth without contrast...

"You are as blind in all light as you are in all dark."

Humans did not bring evil into the world; the Creator did!

If you are even slightly interested in the Book of Genesis, then I insist that you read it correctly and pay attention to what it is actually saying.

That may be more difficult than you think since Genesis is loaded with contradiction. But one thing is clear: humans are not responsible for the introduction of evil into the world. In this short article I will show you how Adam and Eve could not have committed any sin without the ability to sin being inherent within them from their beginning. And only God could have done that. They did not even know they were sinning until after the fact.

To paraphrase the story (feel free to look it up for yourself in any version of the Bible that suits you), God creates Adam and then plucks Eve from his rib. He places them in the Garden of Eden and tells them they may freely eat from every plant except for the one that stands in the center of the garden, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God tells them that in the day they eat, they will surely die. Then, the serpent (heaven only knows how he got into the garden) asks the woman if God has not said she and Adam can eat anything they want. She replies that all is available except for the center tree. She says they will die if they eat from it.

Here is where the story gets juicy. The serpent then tells the woman that they will not die for God knows that when they eat, they will become like God, knowing good and evil. Sounds good, so she eats, then gives some to Adam. Immediately—and this is crucial—their eyes open and they know good and evil. It suggests that their eyes had been closed. So, in reality, they did not know they were doing anything wrong. It was only after the fact that they knew good and evil, not before. They cannot be held responsible for an act that was basically committed on instinct.

It now gets juicier. Later, God is walking in the garden, calls out to Adam, who admits he is afraid because he is naked. God knows that he and the woman have eaten the forbidden fruit. Just before he tosses them out of the garden, he echoes the words of the serpent:

“Behold, the man has become as one of us, knowing good and evil…”

Seems the serpent was right indeed! Good cannot exist without evil. The whole story represents universal contrast. Nothing can exist without it.

It was a set-up. No sin was committed. It was how God intended the humans to step out of pure instinct and into rational, conscious thought.

Original Sin, then, becomes Original Blessing.


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    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      8 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      The actual point of the story is that evil as a reality does not exist; neither does good. Consciousness itself makes the distinction. Without consciousness, there is no meaning in anything. Consciousness (God/Man) creates everything. Would the universe exist without something to notice it? I would say no. But I'm no expert!

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      8 years ago from Toronto

      Hey RS,

      I have to say that this post is interesting, but it's based on an equivocation. First you said that the Creator brought evil into the world. But then you argue that the Creator made humans with the ability to choose evil inherent in them. These two are not the same thing. Christian tradition teaches that evil is the shadow of good, and good will win in the end because how can something which tends to nothing conquer the God who is?

      I do not believe that the Bible teaches that sin was part of God's plan, but I do believe that humans were created with Original Blessing. After all, humankind is the image of God.

      Any thoughts?



    • RichardSpeaks profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Kent Matthews 

      9 years ago from Portland, OR Metro Area

      Thanks for the comments. Yes, woman was the first to make a choice. And she has been punished for it, even to this day. Feeling inferior, man had to keep her under control. But even he knew it wouldn't last forever.

      My question is: Do you think that women could run the world better, or do you think they are just as prone to greed and error as men?

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      Rochelle Frank 

      9 years ago from California Gold Country

      Ying and yang-- how can one thing exist, at least in human understanding, without its opposite?

      How could humans have true freedom--freedom of choice, if we could not choose evil?

      How could God be pleased with people who choose good if they had no other choice? and, for that matter, how could he forgive us if we were not able to make a bad choice?

      Evil is a necessary evil.

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      Susan Reid 

      9 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      Pleased to get the honor of first comment. This is quite an interesting take on events in the old G of E. I imagine you are going to get some flack over your last line:-).

      I think it makes a lot of sense.

      BTW, notice which one stepped out of instinct and into pure, rational thought first? Yep. The WOMAN:-). MM


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