Without Adam and Eve and the Creation myth, what would probably be different about Christian theology, doctrine, and beliefs?
Some things that come to mind for me are:
1) Original Sin. Without this story, how would we come to think that a sin nature passes through generational lines? Or that there was ‘original sin’ at all?
1a) …thus, infant baptism would probably not be taught/understood/practiced.
2) What would be our reasons for Jesus having to die for us if we didn’t have the “first Adam” story and its lessons?
3) Marriage. Would we just be missing one argument about “man and woman only” or would a larger definition of marriage change?
4) Satan: what would our beliefs about evil be like?
5) Would we really understand sin? How would our theology on sin look without it?
Basically, I’m really curious about how much we derive from a story, a myth. when I really get thinking about it, so much of Christian theology and doctrine has been formed out of this tale.
If you enjoy long religious rants with a hefty dose of confusion, come on down! I’m full of them today.
One of the popular Christian aphorisms I’ve used in my past life—and keep hearing over and over again—goes something like this:
It’s not about religion, it’s about a relationship.
This is commonly understood as meaning: being a Christian is not about traditions and habits and doctrines and rules and so forth. It is about having a personal relationship with Jesus (including God here as well), like a friend, lover, or father. In fact, I bet if you go out and ask your typical North American Protestant Christian what they say on the topic, they will probably verbalize it almost exactly that way. It is incredibly common, and I haven’t heard many negative reactions to the statement.
I’d like to suggest a different take on the subject.
Here’s a terribly simple two-part question, yet I’m hoping for not-so-simple answers. Pleasepleaseplease try not to say just what you’ve been told before. Your personal and honest answers really matter to me.
When life sucks, things don’t work out, tragedies happen, and you face enormous struggles and disappointments and brick walls at every turn…
…what does that have to do with God?
When you get the money you need, have an amazing day, find love, succeed in your goals, you find your answers, and life is just amazing…
… what does that have to do with God?
What do you think?
Belated Edit: Okay, I admit it…this is related to an entry I wrote a while back. I suppose I just can’t let a topic go.