Justice v. Mercy and Original Sin

There are many doctrines that Mormons share with mainstream Christianity.  The concept of original sin is not one of them.  We believe that man will be punished for his own sins and not for Adam's transgressions.  As a child, this made sense to me.  It simply isn't fair on its face to be punished for the transgressions of someone else. 

I think my child-brain was right that it wasn't fair, but I have become so accustomed to what is fair that I have conflated it with justice.   The reality is, it would be just to suffer for Adam's transgressions.  He set a chain of events in motion and justice would demand that the consequences be realized. 

The reality is, what is fair is evidence of God's mercy.  Just because one comes to expect mercy as a matter of law, this doesn't mean it has morphed into justice.  I confess my arrogance in allowing this to happen in my mind.

Published in: on April 18, 2006 at 1:54 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. I think as children we accept many things as presented. Nevertheless, the proper formation of faith in adulthood should require us to reaffirm those early teachings through scripture, church doctrine, and tradition.

    Original sin is a doctrine of the Catholic faith, but it is scripturally based.

    You should be commended for confessing the confusion between justice and mercy. God exacted justice on Adam and Eve for disobeying Him, but was also merciful in exacting His justice.

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