Is it true that God DESIGNED sin in such a way that it passes on from parents to child?
Some Atheists believe this to be the case but is this really so? If not, how did we inherit sin?
Atheists believe God designed sin? I don't think so. Atheists don't believe in God, so this is non sequitur.
God designed everything to produce a loving effect.
Loving to God is not necessarily comfortable to Homo sapiens bodies. For example, God loves His children, but he sent a Flood (figurative or literal) to wipe out humanity and to start over again. None of His children were harmed, because God is not Homo sapiens.
Numbers 14:18 talks of the sins of the fathers, but if you read it carefully, you will see the added phrase "to the third or fourth generation." God makes only the guilty pay for their crimes; not innocent children. So many people miss this.
Ezekiel 18:18–20 emphasizes this point, making it clear that only the guilty party is punished. So, what is Numbers 14:18 talking about? Reincarnation! How else could a criminal pay for their crimes 120-160 years later (3-4 generations)?
Sin is inherited by our selves from our selves. When we look at life as a physical body with no spiritual component, we are lost (dead), because when the body dies, all consciousness dies with it. But when we rise above the sin of ego (separate selfishness) toward the togetherness of Love (agape), we retain consciousness, so that even if the body dies, consciousness continues. This is the true meaning of "everlasting life" of which Christ spoke.
The allegory in Genesis 3 is all about our original decision to be separate entities, rather than at-one with God. When we are self-concerned (fearful, distrustful, envious, guilty, resentful, angry, bored, or any other self-concerned feeling), we are strengthening our sin. When we give in to the temptation to be afraid, eat chocolate, steal money or any other selfish thing, we are being self-concerned and thus sinful.
When we love others as if they were ourselves, and wish for them everything that they desire, we are taking perfect responsibility for what they do to us. Thus we cannot be a victim. Forgiveness and turning the other cheek become effortless.
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