The germ of original sin that infects one’s reason used to have only one cure: seeing one’s whole life as a test whose examiner was the Almighty. This was an ingenious way to control a mass populace prone to superstition and brimming with fear of things unknown that discharged in mass disorder, which fear became explosive and numbing when its object was demonstrated as unknowable.
Yet, this germ could also have been, in many cases was and eventually will be cured by another means: seeing the Almighty examiner as cruel and what follows when it dawns on one that the source of love is also the administer of cruelty.
Eventually, one suffers so much more from the recognition that the source of love engages in acts of cruelty that one becomes embittered and out of weakness lashes out at the messenger: the person, the book, the institution claiming one’s miserable life is a test.
Then, of course, out of guilt over having disobeyed the messenger of the Almighty and in turn the Almighty, one grows flimsy, weak and receptive—one suffers an emptiness that hides fear of the unknown, of the unknowable… Therefrom, one grows increasingly open, hungry and receptive to another, more lenient, less demanding, more unblocking, more liberating messenger of the Almighty. All this in order to ameliorate one’s emptiness—to patch over, to bandage, one’s guilt.
The germ of original sin can and will eventually be cured differently. Here comes the sly, cunning one who proclaims: all your sins are forgiven by the Almighty—the devil told you ‘you are sinful by birth’, ‘your life is a test’… Do not listen to his message, listen to my message, which says do X, Y, Z to enter heaven—listen to me, follow me, and all your previous sins, including your original sin, will be forgiven… My Almighty is all-compassionate, all-forgiving—my Almighty’s love of you is unconditional, my Almighty wants to guide you eternally, not punish you eternally.
Those with a keen eye for someone’s well-being are obligated to ask: have we cured anyone here, or have we merely justified eternally an infection and its corresponding illness?