The human spirit linked to the Divine Spirit

The human spirit linked to the Divine Spirit.

 

The 'big bang' is now generally accepted as the best explanation for the origin of the universe, with Darwinism as an explanation for the development of rocks to the present botanical, animal and human world. The big bang, according to science took place 13.8 billion years ago. It is the beginning of the temporary existence of this universe created from a timeless eternity. Temporary means the existence of matter in an ever-changing form. A timeless existence cannot be other than an existence without change, without location, without matter, without distances, without beginning and without end. This existence is in the Holy writings of the world's religions named as a Divine Person. Jesus Christ is the only one who has, in a very emphatic way, has added love to God and to one’s neighbors as an essential element.

Life originated about 3.8 billion year ago. Only 200,000 years ago, human beings have been localized as homo sapiens who evolved from an ape-like animal towards a human being with reason and free will, although in a still very primitive stage. Intellect means a spiritual ability of self-knowledge accompanied by a moral sense of right and wrong. The origin of this  ‘human spirit' can be considered as the crowning creative achievement of a long evolution created and accompanied by the great life-giving Eternal, Infinite, Spirit who caused the existence of time and of matter by something like the ‘big bang’. Each human being is forever linked to the Devine Spirit.  The Bible confirms this by stating that God created man in His own image (Gen. 1:27).

For those who accept this basic vision, it means that there is absolute need for a postmodern new interpretation of many Bible stories and particularly of the story of the sin of Adam and Eve. Original sin can no longer be accepted as a truly committed sin, allegedly hereditary, by our very primitive ancestors, the homo sapiens. The original sin committed by the first parents is not a sin but should be interpreted as the hereditary tendency to evil that is present in any adult human. Children's baptism should be administered to children who have come to 'the degree of sense'. This also means that there is absolute need for a reinterpretation of the Christian doctrine of redemption. Jesus Christ was declared God at the time of the Council of Nicea in 325 under pressure from emperor Constantin, and Mary as Mother of God (!) by the first Council of Ephese in 312.

 

Pope Franciscus has stated on the beginning of the world as follows:

"The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to something else, but it flows directly from a supreme principle that is brought into existence out of love. The Big Bang, which today is considered the origin of the world, is not inconsistent with the creative intervention of God; On the contrary, it requires the. Evolution in nature is not unlike the notion of (divine) creation because evolution requires the creation of creatures that evolve."

 

Many dogmas of the Catholic Church are bound by the belief in original sin. Today's world would look very different if the sin of the first man in the garden of Eden had been interpreted not as a hereditary sin, with which every human child is born, and as this is described in the Catholic Catechism of 1995. Although this catechism was 1992 in Latin and in 1995 the Dutch, the content of the doctrine of the faith and the way proposals remained the same as in the past, and is an influence of the Second Vatican Council there is little or not in..

The Councils of Carthage (418) and Orange (529) turned both against the teachings of Pelagius, the so-called Pelagianism that denies original sin. On that basis, the Christian Church has condemned Pelagianism as the fallacy. The doctrine of original sin was reaffirmed and explained on the Councils of Florence (1439) and Trente (1545-1563). So was the sin of Adam and Eve and dogmatized and interpreted as hereditary original sin, whereby every human child is born in a State of sin and there only but can be redeemed through the suffering and crucifixion of Christ, and therefore only by the administration of the sacrament of baptism. The baptism was to be administered to children and so as soon as possible after the birth. Jesus Christ was the Savior of all people to God declared around the Ecumenical Council of Nicea in 325 at the insistence of the Emperor Constantine, and Mary as the mother of God (!) by the first Council of Ephesus in 431.

Thereby ' Sin ' and 'Redemption' were the main themes of the Christian doctrine and was the confession, as redemption of sin, an annual obligation on penalty of mortal sin. Violating a 'divine commandment "and the ‘five commandments of the Holy Church' was mortal sin, and as a result also prohibition to receive communion at the Eucharist celebration when one is not in state of grace. What an ordeal this has meant for centuries for many people is hard to imagine. 'The five commandments of the Holy Church' are now maintained by only a small number of practizing believers.

The belief in original sin has to my knowledge little and never permanently questioned within the Church. The time is now ripe for a more reasonable and more scientific explanation of what the Bible story means. For the rational postmodern man with his present knowledge of science and his acceptance of the Darwinian theory of evolution is the original sin a physical and historical impossibility. That a homo sapiens from 200,000 years ago could have committed a sin which is  hereditary, is an absurdity. It is incomprehensible that this has been accepted as religious truth without a fight for twenty centuries by billions of people. This is of course a very strong pronunciation, with heavy consequences. This means a revolution in the Christian doctrine if the intention would be to throw this all overboard.

One can argue that in any Bible story a truth hidden, and so can it be said of the dogmas. Those stories should be translated or reworded in an acceptable way for postmodern man. Man can do good as well as evil. Do evil is a letting go of oneself while acting good requests effort. This tendency in man to choose for evil is present in every human being. Every human being is partly animal and partly human. In the centuries-long evolution, there is a growth in human-like spiritual tendency grows stronger, while at the same time the animal-like tendency to evil is becoming less pronounced. This tendency to sin, however, is in itself not a sin, but it can be considered as hereditary. The sin of the first humans, who in the Bible story is treated, should therefore not be translated as sin but as the human tendency to sin. Every human being is born as a child of God and so in a state of grace and  in friendship with God. The baptism would better be administered when the child comes 'to the years of sense'. This is then not a redemption of original sin, but a celebration ceremony of registering in the Church community. This way of interpretation of original sin is of capital importance for the future of the Church.

 

Lucien Cosijns, Binnensteenweg 240/A26, 2530 Boechout, Belgium

T. +32 3 4556880   lfc.cosijns@gmail.com

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