Original Sin? How About Original Good?

Janis Hunt Johnson
8 min readAug 13, 2022
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The Lie of Original Sin.

The story of Adam and Eve is a fable written by men and later purported as literal fact by institutionalized Christianity, in order to condemn us all as sinners who require redemption. The lie of Original Sin is probably the most insidious obstacle to our spiritual understanding and well-being.

Why? Because if we really are sinners, and God made us that way, what’s the point of trying to be anything better? What good does it do even to worry about our flaws? If God made them, then they must be OK, and God put us into a mess on purpose, just for sport.

There’s also the notion that God is a failure, which would preclude God’s omnipotence. If Almighty God is anthropomorphic, and so primitive as to require blood sacrifices for sins’ remission — either through rituals (as in the Old Testament) or through Jesus’ blood on the cross (as in the New Testament) — then any reasonable person ought to chuck the whole lot.

It’s time to cast off old folktales that make no sense. Superstition and blind faith have no place in modern society. We have outgrown them.

If we accept the validity of Original Sin, then it follows from this premise that God created us first of all wired for failure; and not only that, God created evil — Satan — an arch enemy, simply for the purpose of constantly battling against the forces of Goodness.

But this is illogical. Why would The Allness of Being — Love, Life and Truth Itself — bother with hate, death and falsehood? What would be the point?

God can’t be God, can’t even exist, period, unless we let God be God — by definition: All Good, Omnipresence, Omnipotence, Omniscience.

Omnipresent Good — everlasting, filling all space — doesn’t leave any room for evil. You can’t have more than all! Therefore, God is unopposed.

Evil simply can’t be: Evil is an impossibility, without legitimacy.

I’m not saying we should ignore evil. Although in reality an impotent illusion, evil is powerful — whenever we give it power. And its power grows if it’s not dealt with squarely. We gloss over evil to our own peril. Evil must be uncovered and purged for the lie that it is, or it will flourish.

Janis Hunt Johnson

Author, 5 Smooth Stones: Our Power to Heal Without Medicine through the Science of Prayer. Writer/Editor since 1983. From Chicago to L.A., now in Pacific NW.