Jews DO NOT believe in original sin.
believe that one is born into the world with original purity, not with
original sin. We know human beings can choose to do evil, but Judaism
does not dwell on that fact. Rather, we rejoice, as we believe Gd
rejoices, when human beings choose to do good.
SHORT... Jews do not believe in the existence of Original Sin. The
concept of Original Sin states simply that because Adam and Eve sinned
in the Garden of Eden, they brought Death into the world. In this view,
every human being dies because the origin of the human race was tainted
with sin: Adam and Eve committed a sin, all humans bear guilt of that
sin, and are therefore punished with death. However, the Bible
describes something entirely different. Adam and Eve were expelled from
the Garden of Eden because if they remained, they could eat the fruit
of the Tree of Life, which would make them immortal. If Adam and Eve
had to eat the fruit of the Tree of Life to become immortal, then they
were created mortal. They did not bring Death into the world, and we do
not die because they sinned. The first essay on this website explains
how, in the view of the Bible, one person cannot die as a punishment
for the sins committed by another. We die because Death is a natural
part of existence, and has been from the moment the first human beings
were created. This explains why, before Adam and Eve ate the fruit from
The Tree of The Knowledge of Good And Evil, Gd told the animals to be
fruitful and to multiply, since they needed to replace themselves. Gd
also said the same thing to Adam and Eve before they ate that fruit as
A MORE COMPLETE EXPLANATION...
The Christian concept of Original Sin is that since Adam and Eve sinned
in the Garden of Eden, all human beings are born not only with a
tendency to sin, but they are also born with the guilt of Adam and Eve,
and for this guilt, all human beings die (see I Corinthians 15:21-22
where it states, 'For
since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive').
In other words, Adam and Eve brought death into the world as a result
of their sin, and because of this sin, all human beings die.
This is simply unbiblical. The text does not tell us that Adam
and Eve were removed from the Garden of Eden because they sinned.
(Please note that the first time the Bible uses the term, 'sin,' it is
NOT in reference to Adam and Eve, it is in reference to the jealousy of
Cain against Abel in Genesis 4:7.) Rather, Adam and Eve were removed
from the Garden of Eden because there was another tree in the Garden
from which Gd did not want them to eat. That tree was the Tree of Life.
But think about this logically. If Adam and Eve had to eat the
fruit of the Tree of Life to become immortal, then Gd made them mortal
to begin with. Adam and Eve were created in such a way that Death was a
natural part of their existence, from the moment of their Creation.
The text of Genesis 3:22-24 tells us that Adam and Eve were
almost like Gd and the Angels, because they knew the difference between
Good and Evil. Both Gd and the Angels know the difference between Good
and Evil, but both Gd and the Angels are immortal as well. Because Adam
and Eve had eaten the fruit of The Tree of the Knowledge of Good And
Evil, they instantly knew the difference between Good and Evil.
However, Adam and Eve were not yet immortal because they had not yet
eaten from the Tree of Life. Therefore Gd separated Adam and Eve from
the Tree of Life by casting them out of the Garden of Eden. Adam and
Eve did not bring Death into the world.
And the Etrnl Gd said, Behold, the man is become as one of
us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and
take also of the Tree Of Life, and eat, and live for ever: Therefore
the Etrnl Gd sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground
from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the
east of the Garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned
every way, to keep the way of the Tree of Life. [Genesis 3:22-24]
The verses above make it abundantly clear. Why were Adam and Eve driven out of the Garden of Eden? 'Lest
he put forth his hand, and take also of the Tree Of Life, and eat and
live for ever, THEREFORE THE ETERNAL SENT HIM FORTH...' Gd evicted
Adam and Eve so that they could not become immortal by eating from the
Tree of Life. Just as Adam and Eve (and their descendants) became
responsible for their choices between Good and Evil because they ate
that first time from that tree, so would they and their descendants
become immortal the first time Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Life
as well. Additionally, to ensure that Adam and Eve and their
descendants would remain separated from the Tree of Life, Gd placed the
Cherubim and the flaming sword 'to keep the way of the Tree Of Life.'
We human beings do not die because of their sin, we die because Gd
made Death a part of life from the moment of Creation. There may be
such a thing as The Original Mistake, but there is no such thing as
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Jews Believe That:
One person cannot die for the sins of another.
A blood sacrifice is not required for forgiveness of sins.
Jesus was not the messiah.
Gd hates human sacrifices.
People are born pure and without original sin.
Gd is one and indivisible.
There is Satan, but not The Devil.
Gd does not become human and humans do not become Gd.
"Jews for Jesus," "Messianic Jews," and "Hebrew Christians" are not Jews.
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