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Sara weighs in on Original Sin:

And now it’s time for a woman’s perspective on “original sin.”

Eve, the woman, fell for the snake’s deceit. Eve, the woman, was a
deceived transgressor, not Adam (1 Timothy 2:14). Eve, the woman, was
seduced by the snake and then tricked Adam into eating the forbidden
fruit. Eve, the woman, is to blame for the fall into original sin
resulting in the total depravity of all humankind. Eve, the woman,
forced God to exile all of humankind from the Garden of Eden.

Eve, the woman, is blamed by many church fathers, including Tertullian:

“…walking about as Eve mourning and repentant, in order that by
every garb of penitence she might the more fully expiate that which she
derives from Eve, — the ignominy, I mean, of the first sin, and the
odium (attaching to her as the cause) of human perdition. “In pains and
in anxieties dost thou bear (children), woman; and toward thine husband
(is) thy inclination, and he lords it over thee.” And do you not know
that you are (each) an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours
lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the
devil’s gateway: you are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree: you are
the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him
whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so
easily God’s image in man. On account of your desert — that is, death —
even the Son of God had to die.”

Eve, the woman, made women in all times and places more sinful,
deceit, and susceptible to evil. Women shouldn’t be leaders of a family
or ordained as pastors. The wisdom of women is only appropriate for
other women – not for men. The birth that women provide for their
children isn’t good enough, so they have to be baptized as “born again”
children. Women couldn’t possible reflect the Divine, so God is called
a “Father.” And on and on and on.

The messages of “original sin” are clear: (1) Men are bad because of
women. (2) Women are even worse because they caused men to be bad.

Men and women need a new theology, unless Christianity want to be forever based on misogynistic theology written by men.

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