What is Ancestral sin?
Ancestral sin or ancestral fault, is the doctrine that individuals inherit the judgement for the sin of their ancestors. It exists primarily as a concept in Greco-Roman religion and Christian hamartiology.
Ancestral Sin – if you read my previous article Christianity Today and Jesus Teaching you will find on the fifth item about Ancestral sin or inheritance sin. the fifth item will be more like this :
There is no inheritance sin in the teachings of Jesus.
20 The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.
14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Christians teach the inheritance sin from Adam.
12 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
ok, now… lets we discuss further about the Ancestral Sin.
Let us assume, for some reason, that Adam Eve had committed the sin as described in the Old Testament and had been punished.
According to the story that took place, the punishment was not only on them but on all their descendants.
Once the sentence has been determined and executed, why should there be another sentence? Once a sin has been punished; it’s done.
Once a decision has been made, no one has the right to increase the sentence for further punishment.
In the case of Adam and Eve, not only were they severely condemned and punished for their sins, but the form of punishment passed on to their own descendant was also worth questioning.
We talk about that a lot. What we are trying to show is a far more despicable violation of absolute justice.
Being punished for the sins of our forefathers is a very personal thing, but having to go on sinning as a result of one’s parents’ mistakes is a very bad thing.
Let us look at the realities of human experience, and try to understand the Christian philosophy of crime and punishment and its relevance to our everyday life experiences.
Suppose a decision has been made for a criminal, whose weight is much heavier and worse than the crime committed.
It can, of course, create a strong and powerful criticism from any rational person against such a harsh and unjust law.
It is very difficult for us to believe that the punishment that was inflicted upon Adam for his sin came from a Just God. This is not just a matter of unjust punishment.
This is a punishment based on a Christian understanding of God’s work – it has passed through the life span of Adam and Eve and has been passed down from generation to generation.
Children who suffer from the punishment of their parents; is actually a form of justice beyond the limits of justice. But we’re not talking about it.
If we are unlucky to see a decision made by a contemporary judge – who makes children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on for criminals, it becomes compulsory for the law to continue committing sin and committing crimes and to obtain the appropriate punishment.
to the end – then how will society react today, which has gained a universal meaning of justice through civilization?
“One might ask, what is the fate of the descendants of Adam and Eve who died before the resurrection of Christianity? Billions of them have spread throughout the world, across five continents, generations. They have lived and died without hope or possibility of ever hearing.
The fact that all mankind between Adam and Christ seemed to be in a state of perpetual catastrophe, why was it not given to them the slightest chance of forgiveness? If so, why?
In other parts of the world, much larger than the small land of Judea, there are those who have never heard of Christianity even during the life of Jesus Christ, how was their fate? They have never and will not have the ability to believe in Jesus Christ as the “Son of God.”
Are their sins not forgiven, or will they be forgiven? If they are not forgiven, what is the reason? If they are punished, then again on what basis? What chance do they have? They are completely helpless.
Surely this is a very perverted sense of absolute justice!