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The Scarlet Letter

  • Submitted by: johndoe2121
  • on December 8, 2008
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 1,026 words

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I come before you all today to speak from my heart as truthfully as I can from my own experiences and what the Bible says about sin. Today, I will try to ask you all to consider why human sin has become such an important concept in our Puritan society today.
The Book of Genesis opens the Hebrew Bible with the story of the creation. God, a spirit hovering over an empty, watery void, creates the world by speaking into the darkness and calling into being light, sky, land, vegetation, and living creatures over the course of six days. Each day, he pauses to pronounce his works “good” (1:4). On the sixth day, God declares his intention to make a being in his “own image,” and he creates mankind (1:26). He fashions a man out of dust and forms a woman out of the man’s rib. God places the two people, Adam and Eve, in the idyllic garden of Eden, encouraging them to procreate and to enjoy the created world fully, but forbidding them to eat from the tree of the knowledge. However, soon after, Eve encounters a crafty serpent that convinces her to eat the tree’s forbidden fruit. Why would God create someone as a model of himself but test his creations by tempting her with the forbidden fruit? The question God poses to his creations, as well as to us, is what is it about human nature that makes us sin? Eve sinned but in the end, it helped to create a more successful human being. God   realized that Eve is not as pure as he had at first believed, and after realizing this, fixes the “problem”. Eve’s sin has therefore created a better and improved human. Although, especially in our Puritan community, sin is looked down on as evil, in this case, it has turned out for the better. I ask all of the listeners in the crowd to not immediately think of sin as so terrible. For in truth, I, the pure minister that you have all admired for years, am not perfect. I have sinned in my lifetime, too. It is part of human nature to sin and in fact, these sins have led me to a freer and more emotional...

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