It took mankind less than 100 years to totally disprove all the claims concerning original sin
Most Christians accept that the young earth ‘perfect paradise paradigm’ is based upon what the Bible says because it is not found elsewhere. In reality, the perfect paradigm fails in its lack of biblical support and also in its underlying assumptions that it forces upon a "Christian" worldview. Under the perfect paradise paradigm, God is relegated to the position of a poor designer, whose plans for the perfect creation are ruined by the disobedience of Adam and Eve, the only two people he created. God is forced to come up with "plan B," in which he vindictively creates weeds, disease, carnivorous animals, and death to get back at humanity for the sins of his own perfect creation, man … but the thousand year life span of the fallen remained in effect for quite some time (a longer time to punish people?). Considering that you folks seem to think your god is all knowing, this could reasonably be construed to mean that he created man for the sole purpose of punishing him starting from square one. If the earth and the universe were originally created for the pleasure of his creation mankind, well this is a nonproductive way to view pleasure unless one is a masochist? No matter how one looks at this, it can only mean that the ‘perfect garden’ was a sham and never intended for mankind … or god changed his mind because he didn’t know everything after all.
Seriously? I hope you know that this attack on Genesis does not totally disprove all the claims concerning Original Sin!
Although each and every word of Genesis need not be taken literally, the substance of the account of Creation is certainly true though we have not fully perceived every detail given in that account. And there is nothing in favor of Darwinism Evolution to justify doubting the direct formation of Adam and Eve by God.
Science almost compels the conviction of the origin of mankind from only one pair of ancestors and true religion declares it.
Original Sin is a reality.
God created our first parents perfect in every way, in a state of original happiness, so much so that the earthly life in the Garden of Paradise was a type of life in the Heavenly paradise. He gave them certain gifts chief among them was sanctifying grace. They were free from concupiscence, from disease and death. They were filled with wisdom and great knowledge and given dominion over all the things of the earth. They were created immortal and had they remained in a state of grace, had they been faithful to God and not sinned, these gifts would have been transmitted to all mankind as the possession of human nature.
They were also gifted with free will. And so after granting them His abiding grace, and blessing them with wonderful gifts, and giving them an earthly paradise and an abundance of everything with no want or vexation, He gave them a command not to eat of the fruit of a certain tree, and warned them that if they did eat of it, they would die the death. a command which they could freely choose either to side with Him or against Him. He gave Adam and Eve the freedom to choose Him even though it meant they could abuse their freedom of will and reject HIm. It seems clear that becasue of His committment to justice and free will, God requires the beings He has created for an eternal destiny in Heaven to demonstrate freely their love for Him.
Unfortunately for themselves and all mankind, Adam and Eve, through pride, did not obey God's command. With this original (first ) sin, death, disease, violence and cruelty entered the world. Mankind since then has had to live with the effects of Original Sin ---an earthly environment that can be extremely harsh, an imperfect human nature that can easily incline away from the pursuit of good and which needs God's grace constantly, an intellect that can make mistakes, and subjections to the temptations of Satan and other fallen angels. The gifts previously possessed by Adam and Eve was thrown away by sin.
The punishment of Adam and Eve reveals the infinite justice of ALmighty God. But at the same time we see how merciful God was even to fallen man. Before He drove them out of the Garden into the misery of the outside world, He gave them the promise of a Redeemer. The curse contained a consolation..."I will put enmities between thee and the woman..." told Adam and Eve that sin and the devil would be overcome someday and the gates of Heavenly paradise would be re-opened to them.
Accodring to St.Paul, Adam was a type of Christ. Adam is the father of all according to the flesh, Jesus Christ is the spiritual Father of the faithful, for through Him alone do they receive life. Through Adam sin and death came to all men, and through Jesus Christ, we have received grace and eternal life. Sin and misery came into the world by Adam's disobedience, but our redemption was wrought by Jesus Christ who became obedient even unto the death on the Cross.
PS – What was the last (or first) thing that god taught you personally?
I'd say the certainity of His existence...by looking around at the order and beauty everywhere manifest in this universe of ours and knowing what I see can only be the result of a First Cause..God.