The Originality of Original Sin – Who Designed Sin?

Please Note: Upon reading this, you will be able to understand that I am not a Biblical scholar, just a guy with the Bible, the internet, and some theological questions.

‘Original Sin’ relates to sin and humanity as a result of the fall of men. According to Millard Erickson, author of ‘Introducing Christian Doctrine‘ (the source of definitions, terms, and theories I use within this post), original sin is defined as “the sinful state into which every human being is born due to the fall; it is the source of sins without taking away our culpability.” There are two results of original sin: original guilt and original pollution (or total depravity/total inability). Original guilt is “the obligation to render satisfaction to God’s justice for Adam’s sin.” While original pollution is “thorough pollution of all aspects”. Original sin asks the question of “why death?” This is evident within the passage of Romans 5:12-21.

There are typically three theories of original sin. In regard to the following theories, I do not have a full understanding of them, so I will do my best to explain them in a mere sentence.  The first theory is called “Pelagianism”. Pelagianism states that there is no ontological effect because of the fall; Adam is merely a bad example. The second theory is called ‘Arminianism’. Arminianism states that we begin life without righteousness and that our inability is physical and intellectual but not volitional; however, the prevenient grace (the belief that divine grace precedes human decision) neutralizes the corruption received by Adam. The thirds theory is called Calvinism. In Calvinism, we have original guilt because of Adam’s sin; prevenient grace does not neutralize the corruption received by Adam.

Original sin’s design is beyond me. Whenever this topic comes about, the question “where did sin originate from?” seems to pop up. I have friends who believe God created sin, while I have other friends who believes God did not create it. Honestly, I do not know the answer.

This question gets me thinking. I could see belief in both cases. If He created sin by choice, I think He would have intended it to be used as a measuring stick. Also, He could have created it without a choice, as merely a by-product of the creation of man (but this could lead to questioning God’s omnipotence). Through the theology that ‘God created sin’, one could ask this question to opposing views: “before there was sin, who could withhold the power to create anything sinful besides God, if sin did not even exist?” While on the other side, one could ask this question “if God created sin, is that not sinning? It is impossible for God to sin so he must not have created it.” Romans 5:12 says “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.” This verse helps the argument that sin is a by-product of men, although it does not state who created it.

For myself personally, without knowing anything for certain, I want to keep an open-mind in regard to this subject. I think that we do not have enough information as humans to understand sin. Without knowing events before the creation of the world, or the specific details of what will happen in the future, I believe our knowledge is limited and we cannot know for certain.

There are a variety of theological debates nowadays, many of which I have no answer to, but I know it is of most importance to not rule out what is written in Scripture. It is known that God hates sin, but I believe he allows it for the good of His will. I know that I trust in Him, and that He is in control. So, for me, it does not matter where sin originates from, I know it won’t last forever.

 

Optical Illusions

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Stare at the cross in the butterfly for 30 seconds, then quickly stare at a blank wall!

I’m not a scientist and I’m not a psychologist, but the eyes and the brain are very intricate parts of our bodies. God designed every part of us with a specific task in mind and each serves a complicated functions in molding the design of a human being. This leads me to optical illusions. Now I wish I could give you some scientific explanation as to how optical illusions work, but I hardly know how they do. I believe the designs of some optical illusions have to do with how the receptors of ours eyes receive images at different rates. But that is as much science as you’ll get out of me!

Anyway, it is my opinion that I they are an extremely fun, bizarre way of entertaining yourself. So enjoy these three optical illusions!

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Is this a normal car? Look again.

Seasons

Music is a getaway. It can take you to a faraway land; a place where only the mind can take you. Music can bring people together (with the exception of country music of course). Every person is entitled to their own opinion as to which music is the best to listen to. But no matter the preference, music is a delight to the ears, to the mind, and to the heart.

I have just under 3,000 songs in my iTunes application, but the song with the most plays is titled “Seasons” by the artist Mae. This song is actually divided into three continuous tracks which combine to form an instrumental that lasts just under 14 minutes long. The intriguing factor about Seasons is that it, much like Mae’s other songs, takes the listener on a journey.

“Seasons” can be found on Mae’s final EP titled (E)vening

The physical design to this song comprises of no lyrics, just one instrument: the piano. But it is the way that the keys are played which brings forth a whole different type of design to the song. Its music is a form of photography for the mind. The piano portrays a picture of the seasons of the year as they come and as they pass. This song brings them to life. Just by listening to the soothing melody, pictures of every season is painted into my mind: pictures of the first leaf of autumn to the moment its last hits the ground, pictures of snow almost floating to the ground, pictures of a warm fire, pictures of new birth and blooming, and pictures of green expounding with life; the cycle then repeats itself. This is just my interpretation of Seasons, although each person is obviously entitled to their own opinion. But what makes this song so special is that it is designed to embark each person on a photographic journey through the vastness of their minds. If you have not listened to it yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. It is amazing how music with such an intricate design can take a person on such an adventure.

Even with lyrics, Mae does an amazing job of keeping this “journey” mentality in most of the music they’ve released. They are a great example of music being created with a design and a purpose. Seasons can be found on their final EP titled (E)vening which was released on March 4, 2011. Sadly, Mae closed their recording careers with this nine-track release, but left several adventures for the world to take hold of.