What is original sin? While to many Christians this may seem an obvious statement, it is a concept not held in most other religions. It is not found in Judaism, our ‘mother’ religion, or Islam, our younger cousin, nor in any other main stream religion. It is based off teachings from Romans 5:12-21 and 1 Corintians 15:22. It is the tenet that, since Adam sinned, and we are his offspring, we inherited this same propensity to sin. The first place to look, in examaning this issue, is the original sin itself. Some have ridiculed it- “What? Why would ‘god’ condemn people to death for eating a piece of fruit?” What the Bible actually says, in Genesis 2:17, is “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” Is this a condemnation, or a warning? It is quite popular among atheists nowadays (and indeed, thenadays as well) to construe this as God attacking humans quest for knowledge. To them, the original sin is an intellectual sin. This isn’t so. This tree’s name is rather misleading, for until Adam and Eve ate of it, evil existed in only two sources; God’s mind and Satan’s rebellion. Everything God created on Earth was good, including Adam and Eve. There was no evil to know, until they committed it. The immediate consequence of their sin was shame- the lasting consequence was death. The reason for this is, that if one is in perfect accordance with God’s will, one is perfect and cannot, therefore, die. But since children learn from their parents, and traits are passed down to them, they were raised up in sin, and taught their own children to sin, and so on, and so on. In this way is the Original Sin of Adam still felt to this day.