One of the most embarrassing prayers I ever uttered in my entire life was the one I made when I was in high school. I remember being so convinced that I was near perfect that I ended up telling God he should really be proud of me. At least he didn’t have to do much overhauling with my life. He can focus his redeeming work with someone else’s life. Me? I was fine, thank you very much.
That was before I hit puberty—before I became aware of sexual temptation, envy, and my apparent potential to do violence. When I hit puberty, all my notions of near perfection vanished into thin air. I slowly realized that at the very core, I was like the rest of the teenagers I knew. Everyone of us who has been tempted either by anger or by lust knows that something in us gravitates towards wrongdoing no matter how hard we try to stop ourselves. This begs the question: Why are we like this?
Two words: original sin.
Most people know the concept of original sin, the biblical teaching that tells us we got corrupted at our core because our first parents, Adam and Eve, ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Because they disobeyed, all human beings born after them are swept into their sin and became guilty. [Read more…] about In the Beginning There Was the Fruit