ORIGINAL SIN is HINDU MAYA
Have you thought about ORIGINAL SIN?
There is no subject in Christianity, more liable to cause Christian theologians to fight each other, and even fundamentalistic Christians to profess their outspoken doubt than ORIGINAL SIN.
If you study the Genesis story about Adam & Eve, then you will see that everything in the garden of Eden from the forbidden fruit to serpent are figurative and symbolic.
ADAM, EVE, SERPENT, GARDEN, TREE OF LIFE etc are mere symbolic representation of a higher truth, which can never be explained in very simple words or sentences.
Let us analyze the chain of events. Genesis is a story of God creating the universe in SIX  days and resting on 7th day. It deals with the evil serpent, and the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. That TREE OF KNOWLEDGE, you can see in every religion in the world, including Babylonian religions and Hinduism.
Even though, many theologians try to project GOD AS GOOD & LOVING, those adjectives of God are purely man_made. God is TIMELESS. GOD IS NEITHER GOOD NOR BAD. Man due to his limited knowledge sees God with attributes without realizing the fact that God has no attributes.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ACCORDING TO GENESIS?
St. St. Paul might have tried to tell the whole truth. But due to limitations of spoken and written language his interpretations look very erroneous to us. St. St. Paul's interpretations make sense ONLY, if you analyze them through the concept of HINDU MAYA.
In Romans 5:12 St St. Paul said: THEREFORE SIN CAME THROUGH ONE MAN AND DEATH THROUGH SIN, AND SO DEATH SPREAD TO ALL MEN BECAUSE ALL MEN SINNED.
In Romans 5:15 St. St. Paul added: "FOR MANY DIED THROUGH ONE MAN'S TRESPASS. St. St. Paul is stating to the world, "DEATH CAME THROUGH ADAM AND SALVATION FROM DEATH CAME THROUGH JESUS CHRIST."
Even the concept of BORN AGAIN originated to eradicate the ORIGINAL SIN AS WELL AS ANY PERSONAL SIN.
Judaism, the mother culture of Christianity, does
not accept original sin. Nor Jews accept the principle of vicarious atonement.
According to Judaism, EVERY MAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS SALVATION.
So all these make me conclude that ORIGINAL SIN is a symbolism and is
not the way St. St. Paul explained in the Bible.
What is Original Sin? It is the act by which man attained THE KNOWLEDGE OF RIGHT AND WRONG, GOOD AND EVIL.....In a nutshell, Adam and Eve learned DUALITY CONCEPT [Dwaita]BY EATING THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT.
I feel the DEATH that is associated with ORIGINAL
SIN is not biological death at all. It is the spiritual death, since there
are statements in the Holy Bible which prove that. Just look at few of
them. "BEFORE MEN ARE LIFE AND DEATH. WHATEVER THEY CHOOSE IS GIVEN
TO THEM [ECCLESIASTIC 15:16]; "IF YOU LIVE AC-CORDING TO FLESH YOU
WILL DIE, BUT IF BY SPIRIT YOU PUT TO DEATH THE DEEDS OF THE BODY YOU
WILL LIVE [ROMANS 8:12]
Unless and until we achieve that ONENESS, we will never have peace. That ONENESS we can achieve only within us.
IF WE ARE LOOKING FOR A PEACEFUL WORLD, THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. we will always have wars and rumors of wars. As long as we perceive Duality, all types of wars will go on .
PERENNIAL PEACE, as Aldous Huxley describes, can be achieved only WITHIN EACH ONE OF US. All of us can argue and look for a savior who will straighten out everything, but that hope is only A PIE IN THE SKY.
Each one of us have to work and achieve salvation
of self-realization through one of the 4 methods:
I WISH TO CONCLUDE BRINGING UP IMPORTANT POINTS
ONCE OVER AGAIN.
2. I feel the whole story of Adam & Eve, is
the figment of imagination of great Jewish seers, to explain the difficult
and complex nature of creation. Almost everything in that is symbolic.
3. IMMORTAL SOUL [Eccl 9:5,10]is not taught in the Holy Bible. I feel it was systematically deleted from the Bible, since it was of Eastern and Greek origin. I feel IMMORTAL SOUL, is the unknown puzzle in the Bible. If you add that, you will see much of Biblical discussions make sense.
4. It is unbelievable that God threw man out of
the garden for eating ONE FRUIT and cursed the woman, I WILL GREATLY MULTIPLY
YOUR PAIN IN CHILD BEARING: IN PAIN YOU SHALL BRING FORTH CHILDREN.....AND
YOUR HUSBAND SHALL RULE OVER YOU....
5. Jesus Christ said that all those great mysteries
of the universe were revealed to those who were spiritually awake but
to others must be told in parables. As far as I know, GNOSTICS were spiritually
awaken people and it was the greatest blunder to throw them out of Christianity.
Gnostic taught the whole story SYMBOLICALLY and ALLEGORICALLY. Some of
them even taught SERPENT'S POINT OF VIEW. I feel those NEW AGERS and A
COURSE IN MIRACLES are rebirth of GNOSTIC.
7. GNOSTIC state that the GOD IS WITHIN US and our human nature make us to forget that important fact. According to PTOLEMY, a follower of VALENTINUS, the story of Adam & Eve shows that HUMANS LOST THEIR DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS AND ACCEPTED MATERIAL CONSCIOUS-NESS.
8. All we are reading today about ORIGINAL SIN was written and preached by one man, St. Paul, who was a zealous persecutor of Christians once. I salute St. Paul for his fanatic love affair with the deity of Jesus Christ, but remember he also attacked THE FREE THINKING SPIRIT IN CHRISTIANITY, by his statements about WOMEN, SEX, HOMOSEXUALS, REINCARNATION etc. On other hand as I described before, St. Paul might be telling the truth, but due to limitations in the language, his interpretations look erroneous. If St. Paul's teachings are taught with HINDU MAYA in background they make sense.
9. WHAT WE SEE IS AN ILLUSION.
When we dream we see that as real. In the dream we enjoy and agonize over
different situations. When we comes out of dream we will say, HI! It was
only a dream. Hinduism states that our present life is a dream. We are
constantly jumping from one dream to another, in never ending cycles.
We will go out of these only when we have self_realization. That realization
may happen in one life or in million lives. But every one will achieve
that one day.
A day is not far off, WHEN SCIENCE WILL ARTIFICIALLY
MAKE HUMAN BLOOD AND OTHER BODY PARTS. Already in Sweden and Denmark,
they are using pigs to provide human plasma.
So what is the final answer: SEEK OR SEARCH WITHIN. Try to find out the REAL "I" instead of treating the IMPERISHABLE BODY as "I".