"Original Sin" and the Universality of Sin
John Reed raised the question of whether “Original Sin” was real. Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr once commented that “The doctrine of original sin is the only empirically verifiable doctrine of the Christian faith.” If we had no “sin of origin”, how do we account for the universality of human sin? Considering the brutal reality of human history, “sin” is a pretty moderate term for the problem. For people with a sober view of human history, the doctrine of a loving God who intends good for us is much harder to swallow. This is the Biblical doctrine the Einstein could not go along with.
The problem with DP is not that it accepts the notion of original sin, but that it sees it as a matter of physical blood lineage rather than a spiritual separation from God. If God is the source of our existence, then separation from God can wreak havoc with the human condition. If sin is not a matter of physical blood lineage, then we do not need a “central family” to graft us back into God’s “blood lineage”.
John alas stated that, “If you ask a Jew he would say that there is only God. A Muslim also would say that there is only God." Actually, that is not true. A coming messiah is a big part of Jewish thought and the Mahdi is seen as a savior in Muslim thought.