Paul explained the death of Jesus like this: The crucifixion (sacrifice) of Jesus was a blood sacrifice to atone for sins. (Romans 5:8-9). The concept of sacrifice goes back thousands of years. It was always meant to appease the Gods for some perceived transgression. Christians today recognize that the pagan rituals of sacrifice were nonsense. But the sacrifice of Jesus …. well, that’s different.
Our questions about sin are…
- How can there be “original sin” without Adam and Eve. Given the fact of evolution, Adam and Eve never existed and therefore, could not have initiated “original sin”.
- Ignoring that most basic fact, we’ll pretend that Adam and Eve did exist. That however does not solve the problem of the origin of sin.
- Eve had no basis for recognizing or distinguishing God from a serpent. How was Eve supposed to know who to trust?
- How does the fact that Eve quite naturally did what the serpent told her instead of what some invisible man told her, become my problem (sin)?
- How does God killing himself (or his “only begotten son”) in order to save us from himself, atone for my alleged sin? Exactly what is the process? Is it not just because God says so? Could he not have chosen another method of saving us from himself?
- Is it not the least bit suspicious that the sacrifice for sin is just a continuation of a belief that is thousands of years old?