Original Sin And Blood Atonement
This article covers the relationship between Original Sin and Blood Atonement.
We stated above that the original sin was imported into Christianity by Paul, while James and Jesus himself insisted upon actions and the law. Contrarily to what Jesus taught, the corrupted Christianity declares that by disobeying God’s order not to eat of the forbidden fruit of knowledge, Adam sinned. The sin of Adam is inherited by all the children of Adam; and so all human beings are born sinful. The requirement of God’s justice is that a price must be paid for every sin. So, Jesus Christ, the son of God, who came from Heaven, shed his holy, sinless blood, suffered indescribable agony, and died to pay the penalty for the sins of men. According to those who have faith in him believed to be saved themselves, no matter how sinful they are.
This dogma is clearly unreasonable, for Adam was one of billion of men, who were responsible for his acts like others. Besides, each man is questioned by human systems and Divine religions concerning his acts and no one cannot be called to account for others’ sins. And, it is clearly expressed in Jesus’ words that all children are innocent and pure, and not born in sin:
“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily, I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” (Mark, 10:14, 15)
Like other borrowed Christian beliefs, the doctrine of the Inherited Sin also finds no support in the words of Jesus or of the prophets who had come before him. For instance, it is stated in the Book of Prophet Jeremiah (in Old Testament) that “every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.” (The Bible, Jeremiah, 31:29-30)
The doctrine of atonement, together with that of the Original Sin makes the first Person of Godhead into a blood-thirsty tyrant; like ancient Greek’s gods, in order to demonstrate the self sacrificing love of the second person. Arthur Weigall makes the following significant comment on the doctrine of Atonement:
“We can no longer accept the appalling theological doctrine that for some mystic reason a propitiatory sacrifice was necessary. It outrages either our conception of God as Almighty or else our conception of Him as All-loving. The famous Dr. Cruden believed that for the purpose of this sacrifice ‘Christ suffered dreadful pains inflicted by God’, and this, of course, is a standpoint which nauseates the modern mind and which may well be termed a hideous doctrine, not unconnected with the sadistic tendencies of primitive human nature. Actually, it is of pagan origin, being, indeed, perhaps, the most obvious relic of heathendom in the Faith.” (The Paganism in our Christianity)
Not only Jesus but many people have suffered great tortures and tasted agonies since life began on earth. Moreover, if all the sins of others have been pardoned through Jesus’ sacrifice, what is the meaning of calling people to a virtuous sinless life, and how will it be possible to prevent people form committing sins? Jesus himself invites men to keeping commandments:
“Why callest thou me good. There is none good but one, that is, God; but, if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew, 19:17)