How to Free Yourself From Original Sin

You know, Jesus preached a gospel of how to free yourself from original sin, and yet you don’t see that gospel preached in any of the churches. In the constant repetition of three’s that you see in not just the Gospels, but in many other places in the Bible as well, the teaching is hidden. In some cases, such as His experience in the desert after He was baptized by John, the story is explicit: speaking, or hinting, of concrete examples, such as deliberate non-judging in order to not be judged ourselves. For it does somehow involve the very idea of judgment, this state of sin we find ourselves in. It was the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil (the very basis upon which judgment is made) that bent man into this current state.

Christianity instead is fixated upon the death of Christ. The death maybe more than even the resurrection. Indeed, to form the pattern of three correctly there must also include the portion that seems more to go with sacrifice. Now, Jesus was tempted by the devil three times. If one type signifies death, which one is it? Which temptation is more like death in some way, even if it is only so figuratively, than the others? Is it the temptation to leap from the Temple? Certainly the imagery exists there for a state change, that he could do something such as leap and not change in the way that someone who did leap would otherwise change.

In the manner that this transpires it suggests that our notion of sin is as that of an energy which is not so much traveling with us over time, but also as a diffuse energy. Even though we have a strong myth for it we can’t really see the point of origin upon which this energy springs from. We can’t, like we can with light from the early universe, just peer backward and determine what we are dealing with. No, somehow we carry the thing we call sin with us to be born anew with each generation. What the Christ story is telling us, therefore, is that there is the opportunity for addressing and changing this seed of sin. Individually we can address it and, finding ourselves within the inner temple of ourselves, choose not to leap into the world where we would otherwise cast our feet upon stones, a stone being a metaphor for judgment. As this energy is not directional it is vulnerable to a person at any time addressing its origin story, the one that continually is born anew within each generation, and making a decision concerning the temptation to judgment.

Jesus was big into telling us about the Holy Spirit. He called Him the ‘Helper’. He encouraged those with Him prior to His ascension to ‘wait for the Helper’. The Helper is the very same Spirit that came upon Jesus like a dove at His baptism. The same Spirit that drove Jesus into the desert in order to be tempted by the devil. The Helper seems to want us to face temptation in so much as He formed a template for the gospel story in the story of the time in the desert. The real question is: Did he do this in order to show us what we had to go through, or was it a portion of His own origin story upon which, in its fulfillment rather than its origin, we could hang our hopes. Certainly Christianity has chosen the latter interpretation.

But what if while accepting that we are denying ourselves the worldview which He had hoped for us to find. What if He wanted us to embrace the Holy Spirit so that He could teach us how to engage the temptation to judgment? What might happen? Could it be that it would be the time prophesied in the story of the Transfiguration, how that afterward, when He came back down from the mountain and found the disciples He had left behind arguing with the scribes. They had failed to cast an unclean Spirit out of a boy. Jesus immediately cast the spirit out and then said, “This kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting”, an allusion to his time in the desert. He didn’t say, “and you can’t do this.” He did say, in other places, that the friends of the bridegroom would not naturally fast while the bridegroom is with them, but that afterward, when he is gone from them, they will fast. Well, he is gone from us and yet we don’t fast. We don’t engage what it means to be tempted. While we do have a strong culture of giving to the poor and other such charities which do address the matter communally, we don’t have a church culture that teaches personally overcoming judgment.

Should we? Maybe the desert time is only meant to underscore Jesus’ credibility? Maybe it’s not something we are supposed to study and seek to engage in ourselves? There might even be certain Pauline reasons why we shouldn’t: “know only Christ, and Christ crucified.” These reasons may suggest more of a need to better accept forgiveness, which would then compel us, by way of such a great inner example, to offer the same to our fellow man and not necessarily to engage in what, outside of said notion, only seems to embrace bitterness. I wonder what people’s opinions, if they have any, are about this?


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