The doctrine of original sin is an essential truth of the Christian faith. The traditional understanding of the account made in Genesis 3 of the original sin and consequent punishment by God, expelling human beings from Eden, has contributed to shape our world-view and negative understanding of human fragility, sinfulness, painful work, sexuality, suffering and death—and hasn’t helped us to accept them as part and parcel of our human condition. A theological explanation of Jesus’ death as expiation for humankind’s sinfulness may suggest, among other things, that God had to correct His original plan for humanity.
JOSEPH REBELO, EDITOR – Continue reading →
What our faith assures us is the final liberation of humankind through God’s intervention and our personal and corporate collaboration, our personal and social covenant. Yes, evil is a mystery! How evil becomes personal sin is a mystery; how evil becomes a social sin is a mystery. Our own task is not to solve intellectually the mystery but it is to bask in the strength of the mystery because the mystery unleashes tremendous positive energies. We don’t need the solution for the mystery, what we need for a better life is an exposure to the mystery: such an exposure liberates us from the danger of all types of idolatries and opens us to infinite possibilities.
BY FR FRANCESCO PIERLI, COMBONI MISSIONARY, THEOLOGIAN
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