The story of Adam and Eve forms the basis for the Christian doctrine of original sin: “Sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned,” said the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans.
The concept that man is born in a condition of sinfulness as a result of original sin and must await redemption is a cornerstone of Christian theological tradition.
According to Christianity you are a sinner, born in sin and need to be saved from your sin and its consequence. Original sin belongs to each of us because it belongs to all? You see that Christian brainwashing, indoctrinating propaganda might work in Church but in the real world you are allowed to ask questions and expect answers.
Why did Adam and Eve have children if they could pass them the “gift” of original sin? Why do Christians today have children if their unsaved offspring could spend an eternity roasting in hell? Why did God make Adam with free choice knowing he would sin? If evil did not exist before Adam sinned, how could Adam know that what he was about to do was evil?
How was he to know that it was wrong to disobey God? Was he not innocent like a new born baby? So did God set him up, like in a sting operation? Why did God allow evil and Satan any where near man who was supposed to be his pinnacle of creation and created in his image?
Would you willingly allow a known and convicted paedophile near your darling children? The idea of being punished for a crime committed by someone else is unethical, incredulous, ridiculous and unacceptable.
Thank goodness that science reveals established facts that the Biblical creation story is not literally true, and demonstrates that Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden are myths and not historical figures. In fact the Genesis creation account is nothing more than a demythologised myth.
Thus the idea of original sin is destroyed with Christianity along with it as well. Without original sin Jesus has no reason to die on the cross to atone for sin that was never committed. There can be no inherited guilt or punishment for the fall of Adam as it did not literally happen out side the text of the Bible.
There is no need for a saving grace as there was no sin committed as there was no Adam and Eve. Do you get it now? The scientific evidence shows that Adam and Eve could not have existed, at least in the way they’re portrayed in the Bible.
Genetic data show no evidence of any human bottleneck as small as two people: there are simply too many different kinds of genes around for that to be true. There may have been a couple of “bottlenecks” (reduced population sizes) in the history of our species, but the smallest one not involving recent colonisation is a bottleneck of roughly ten to fifteen thousand individuals that occurred between fifty to a hundred thousand years ago. That’s as small a population as our ancestors had.
Further, looking at different genes, we find that they trace back to different times in our past. Mitochondrial DNA traces back to a single female ancestor who lived about a hundred and fifty thousand years ago yet the genes on the Y chromosome trace back to one male who lived about eighty to hundred thousand years ago.
Further, the bulk of genes in the nucleus all trace back to different times as far back as two million years ago. This shows not only that any “Adam” and “Eve” (in the sense of mitochondrial and Y-chromosome DNA alone) must have lived thousands of years apart, but also that there simply could not have been two individuals who provided the entire genetic ancestry of modern humans.
Each of our genes “coalesces” back to a different ancestor, showing that, as expected, our genetic legacy comes from many different individuals. It does not go back to just two individuals, regardless of when they lived.
These are the scientific facts. We can dismiss a physical Adam and Eve with near scientific certainty. Homo sapiens originated in Africa a hundred and fifty thousand years ago and began to migrate out of Africa and populate the entire planet and new research keeps confirming the “Out Of Africa Theory of Human Evolution.”
Researchers have produced new DNA evidence that confirms the theory that all modern humans have a common ancestry. The genetic survey, produced by a collaborative team led by scholars at Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin Universities, shows that Australia’s aboriginal population sprang from the same tiny group of colonists, along with their New Guinean neighbours.
The research confirms the “Out Of Africa” theory that all modern humans stem from a single group of Homo sapiens who emigrated from Africa two thousand generations ago and spread throughout Eurasia over thousands of years.
Academics analysed the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome DNA of Aboriginal Australians and Melanesians from New Guinea. This data was compared with the various DNA patterns associated with early humans. The research was an international effort, with researchers from Tartu in Estonia, Oxford, and Stanford in California all contributing key data and expertise.
The results showed that both the Aborigines and Melanesians share the genetic features that have been linked to the exodus of modern humans from Africa.
Until now, one of the main reasons for doubting the “Out Of Africa” theory was the existence of inconsistent evidence in Australia. The skeletal and tool remains that have been found there are strikingly different from those elsewhere on the “coastal express way” – the route through South Asia taken by the early settlers.
But in the latest research there was no evidence of a genetic inheritance from Homo erectus, indicating that the settlers did not mix and that these people therefore share the same direct ancestry as the other Eurasian peoples.
Geneticist Dr Peter Forster, “For the first time, this evidence gives us a genetic link showing that the Australian Aboriginal and New Guinean populations are descended directly from the same specific group of people who emerged from the African migration.”