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Submitted by Seamus MacNemi (United States), Jan 7, 2008 at 21:34

Absolutely nothing happened to the DNA of Adam and Eve that translated down to us as a flaw in our natures. Our natures are no different than that of any other creature in this world. We are all formed of the same four basic genetic molecules and that includes plants. Are you going to tell me that plants also inherited the sin of Adam?

Adam's sin was the abdication from his responsibilities as a care taker in the garden. G-d told him not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil but his curiosity made him want to do just exactly that. If G-D had made no mention of the tree or its fruit then in all likelyhood Adam would never have even thought about it. There was plenty for him to eat so he would never have gone hungry.

It was only because G-D brought the tree up as an issue that Adam even knew about it. This whole story reminds me of a bottle of whiskey that was hidden in a cupboard and the old man thought his son would drink it so he told his son not to drink it. The boy didn't even know of the wiskey until his father told him of it and made it seem something important so quite naturally the boy was curious and was provoked to investigate for himself. Not by any serpent, mind you, but by his very own G-D given nature which was inquisitive as is the nature of all young creatures. Look at any kitten or pup and you will see the same curiosity and inquisitiveness.

The young are always into mischief and must be taught by their elders what to do and what not to do. Adam had the mind of no more than a boy. You cannot suppose that he was formed fully knowledgable and wise. If he had been so then he never would have eaten the fruit.

As well, Adam compounded his error by trying to hide the fact that he had eaten the fruit and then blaming Eve. Nobody forced Adam to eat the fruit, that he did of his own free will as did Eve. The serpent was merely incidental. He did not cause either Adam or Eve to disobey G-D. Their acts were theirs alone done with their own free will as are the acts of all men. No man has ever been forced to do evil. Even Satan does not have the power to make a man do anything that he is not willing to do in the first place.

If there was any fault in Adam that is also in us it is the willingness to do what we want to do regardless of the consequence and then when the inevitable consequence befalls us we seek to shift blame to some other and to hide or deny our own involvement in the matter. Such atrait comes from the need to protect ones self from fear and harm. It is only the natural desire for self preservation taken to an extreme.

There is nothing inherently evil in mans nature any more than in any other aspect of nature. What we call evil is the product of ignorance and fear coupled with arrogant self preoccupation. It is a perversion of our basic natures brought on by what we are taught as children. If there is any doubt in what I am saying you only have to look at the Roman Emperor Caligula for an example. If you know his history and the way he grew up you can see the resulting evil manifest in his acts. If he had been raised differently it is very likely that he would grown up to be a great man.

It's simple, as the twig is bent, so grows the tree. Likewise the man. I do not see evil men in the world. I see only souls that have been bent and broken by the things that were done to them as children. If a child grows up knowing only perversion, cruelty and brutality you cannot expect him to become a saint. He is most likely to behave just exactly as he was taught.

This whole business of the so called "Super Natural" is a total nonsequitor in the face of reality. There is no such thing. If you want to spend your life whirling in circles, muttering incantations and waving your hands in the air that's your affair. Do not expect the same from me.

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