Neil's Website | Ajit's Website

Original Sin
the Transference of Sin

There are three aspects in human sin:
1. The state in which the person is born. This is the inheritance handed down from parents to children, which includes physical and mental state.

2. Man's personal acts of transgression for which he is responsible which is free volition, and

3. the sinful state or condition into which he is born as a member of the human race.
They are inter-related. The state in which man is born as a man which are his physical, mental and spiritual heritage and communal heritage are constraints. These constraints have many dimensions. It started with the assertion of independence from God, the egoism and selfishness behind it.

Man is not accountable to God for his nature. But he is accountable for his acts that arise out of it, because man ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil. They came hand in hand. That is what makes the fall. "By original sin we mean that participation in the common sin of the race with which God charges us, in virtue or our descent from Adam, our first father and head." -- A.H. Strong, Systematic Theology.

Every man is a potential sinner. Hence poetically the Poets and the Prophets painted them as wicked even before they sin as in Ps. 58:3; Ps. 51:5; Isa. 48:8T So Paul could say "And you ... were dead in trespasses and sins; ... and were by nature the children of wrath" (Eph. 2:1-3). This sort of poetical and hyperbole should not be read as literal states.

One of the first consequences of the fall was that Adam and Eve as the first couple were at loggerheads.
Gen 3:16 To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

Love no longer held the power to hold the family and God has to order a hierarchical system. Since there would be no submission without a fight, God ordered the protocol to avoid a struggle. In the next generation this selfishness bloomed into a murder. As history proceeded, as men began to increase on the surface of earth the independent individuals with self assertion began to interact with each other and it created families and communities and nations which were self centered who were constantly at war with each other. This was the evolutionary process by the natural selection of survival of the fittest. By one man's disobedience many were made sinners (Rom. 5:15-19).

Selfishness is sin. Every form of sin flows from this. From that point they lived with this broken relationship, with every human being and with the environment - physical and spiritual. In his self-assertion, man became the rival and competitor of his Make. Not that it mattered to God. But it mattered to the well being of mankind. So God was concerned.

This brought about a peculiar state of affairs. - the struggle between the sinful nature (survival nature) and the awareness of the need of a change. Everyone knows that this world is a hell to live in. Every one has to be on the alert lest he be totally stripped of everything he has. This is true in love and in war. This is not because the earth cannot support all that is on it. Earth can support a population several times over the present with all its resources. Because these resources were not utilized or distributed properly poverty and want and disease prevail on one hand and loneliness, dissatisfaction, unhappiness and wretchedness prevailed on the other. But no one could save it either. Families and comminutes and countries of the world tried. There are innumerable experiments in these areas all over the world. But sooner or later; sooner than later the selfishness and power struggle crept in and destroyed the utopian dreams. The last addition to it was the Socialist Republics. Sarvodaya Movement of India and Aurobindashram were the Indian experiments. Dreams of the communism ushering in to a classless caste-less society turned out to be a worst nightmare of dictatorship. It always ended up in blood bath and more human suffering. Way back God himself initiated several experiments and ended up in disaster.

In one case He decided to destroy the whole mankind and keep one righteous family.
Gen 6:13 So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
It ended up in the belligerence of Babel.
Later God initiated a nation with strict laws with a mighty hand in Israel. It ended up as two Kingdoms in Israel.

Soon after the resurrection of Jesus and after the anointing of the believers with the Holy Spirit, the spirit filled Church tried a commune under the eminent leadership of the Apostle Peter. It ended up in Ananiases and Saphirases. If God could not make it work through his prophets and apostles where is the solution?

The sickness of sin is not concentrated it is diffused. It is diffused in tiny fragments in otherwise good and noble people. These form a vast field of evil enveloping all mankind even before they were born into the system. Worst of all; man cannot redeem himself. One can make temporary progress. Reason. Each person is an independent self will.

The noblest form of government today is Democracy, which is based on selfishness. The only working economic system is Capitalism, which is based on selfishness. Even the Churches are democratic and capitalistic.

Rom 7:21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.
22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law;
23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.
24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?

This will bring us to the essential difference between righteousness and holiness. Righteousness is a personal affair. It is that part of the performance where each individual is responsible for his or her behavior. These form the particular sins as usually defined. Since no man can tear out of the society and environment where they live. Every person is responsible indirectly for the evil within the society. Even if one go into Vanaprastaha into the forest as a hermit; the sins of the society rests heavily on him in the act of permissive inactivity. Every human being is individually is committing crime as long as sickness, poverty, crime, discrimination and exploitation exist on the face of the earth. All suffering on the face of the earth is because of the sinfulness of Man. We are collectively responsible for it. But they cannot be held accountable for it because they are not within the ability of each individual to stop. Man is always born into this sea of iniquity. As a person cannot choose his parent, or his form; he cannot choose not to be part of the sinful world.

This will lead us into a vital question, which I will leave unanswered at present. If God knew all these why did he not destroy man and make New Man so that he cannot sin? Won't this have been easier? Look at the cost of redemption of man? And how far does this reach within man?

Within this concept we can now introduce the concept of Karma which actually explains many of the problems. Sin of one person { papa-karma -evil action } as well as the righteousness (punya-Karma) of one person affects all the cosmos. We see here the probable reason why the whole mankind and the nature changed its character because of the disobedience of one man. Every action whether good or bad has its reverberation within the sea of mankind. Every event affects every human being and probably everything in the cosmos. It is necessary to remember this organic unity of all mankind and the cosmos if we have to understand the concept and meaning of cross and also of the consequence of the Original sin Adam. Without it the death of Jesus will be meaningless. Jesus as a part of the mankind, having done only punya karmas transferred all his punya-karmas over to those who would receive it and took upon himself the papa-karma of all mankind. The wages of sin being death, he died on the cross.

Commenting on Romans 5, St. John Chrysostom explains: "But what does it mean, 'for all have sinned' (Rom. 5.12) This: he having once fallen, yet they that had not eaten of the tree inherited mortality . . . From this it is clear that it was not Adam's sin, his transgression--that is of the Law--but by the virtue of his disobedience that all have been marred. What is the proof of this? The fact that even before the Law all died: 'for death reigned,' St. Paul says, 'from Adam to Moses, even over them who had not sinned' (Rom 5:14). How did it 'reign'? After the manner of Adam's transgression, he who is 'the type of Him that was to come.' Thus, when the Jews ask, how was it possible for one Person to have saved the world? you will be able to reply, in the same way that the disobedience of one person, Adam, brought its condemnation" (Commentary on Romans, X).

Isa 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.

Rom 4:25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

1 Cor 15:3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.

This concept of Karma and transference of Karma is inherent even in the most primitive religions. Sin has to be atoned for with life. Since one cannot die and live at the same time, the only possibility was a transference. Hence we see these papa-yaga sacrifices in all religions. Levitical systems of detailed sacrificial orders are found not only in the semitic religions, but also in Indian religions.

Strangely all systems involves a central cross on which life essence is poured down. The detailed structures of the yantra may vary but it always hovers around the cross. It varies from Animal sacrifice (Cow, horse, goat, birds) to vegetable (fruits, vegetables, milk, butter,oils). In the revealed systems of yaga orders at the center of the cross is also the multidimensional Star of David. It is interpreted in terms of multidimenal cosmos. These then are basic to the ultimate yaga. These are eminently and probably fully satisfied only in Jesus of Nazareth God Incarnate the New Man