Excellent article. ;-)
"The history of mankind and of each human individual is unintelligible to those who do not believe in Original Sin. The doctrine of Original Sin alone explains the many riddles of our lives. It tells us why our wills are so prone to evil; why we fall so easily in temptation and rise again with such difficulty; why we must fight continually if we wish to remain good and advance in perfection; why we must avoid the occasions of sin. Original Sin alone explains why this world with all its beauty and loveliness is and will always be a "vale of tears". Any educational system that does not take into consideration Original Sin and its consequences is doomed to failure". -Chief Truths of the Faith. By Fr. John Laux, MA; Tan Books
Original Sin is so obvious, as Pope Benedict says: just look at the daily news, or think of your last confession.
Yes, the doctrine of original sin is central to our faith. Among other things, it helps us more fully appreciate the Savior.
I always feel uncomfortable with that painting. What was Eve doing when the snake stole her attention?
Just goes to show that old paintings aren’t always as pure as the driven snow, and that maybe some of those painters who produced nude images were similarly not as pure as the driven snow.
I never could understand why God made that snake and the apple tree, when He knew exactly what was going to happen.
Adam lay ybounden, bounden in a bond;
Four thousand winter thought he not too long.
And all was for an apple, an apple that he took,
As clarkes finden written in their booke.
Ne had the apple taken been, the apple taken been,
Ne never Our Lady had been Heavene Queen.
Blessed be the time that apple taken was!
Therefore we mun singen, Deo Gratias!
Original sin is a false doctrine introduced into Western religions by Augustin around 500 AD who was a convert from a sinful past. Eastern Orthodox religions, while unfortunately are not evangelical, do not have this doctrine because they did not pick it up.
How many sinners are in hell today because the preacher preaches God made you a sinner and their conviction is eased? The church confuses the universality of sin with original sin. Go read Psalm 51:5 in the KJV and NAS and then go read it in NIV - it says 2 different things because the NIV is biased toward original sin.
He is bringing much clarity to the muddled mess that Vatican II brought about.
I've falling in love with his writings, I'm on my 2nd book of his..I wish I'd have found them 20 years ago.
Bookmark for later reading.
bumpus ad summum