Did Adam and Eve sin?
They disobeyed God by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Right and Wrong). So, yes… right?
Just one problem. How could Adam and Eve have been expected to comprehend the implications of their actions if, prior to their indiscretion, they had no concept of wrong, evil, punishment, suffering, pain, and death? They were much like infants in their understanding of right and wrong, and you wouldn’t punish an infant for doing something “wrong”, would you?
Even if God had been successful in adequately explaining all of these concepts and the distinction between right and wrong to them beforehand, this means that he would have had to have given them knowledge of good and evil anyway, which turns this entire story into one big ridiculous farce.
Can a blood sacrifice “pay” for a person’s sin?
In what sense are morality and justice served if someone offers to take the place of a condemned criminal in the electric chair? Does this change the fact that the criminal has not been held responsible for his actions?
Are the Ten Commandments adequate as a moral guide?
The first four instruct on the proper worshiping of God and have no relevance to morality. The remaining six are dangerously held up as exhaustive and inspired. For example, one wonders how “lying” and “envy” make the big list of don’ts, but not rape, torture, child abuse, racism, slavery, etc.
And who still seriously believes that black and white moral guidelines are of much use in a greyscale world?
"Thou shalt not kill", but what about in genuine self-defense?
"Thou shalt not bear false witness", but what about lying to the Nazi officer who asks if you are hiding Jews?
True morality requires judging each case on its own merits, not just overlaying the same clumsy morality stencil on every situation.
Edit: Now with 100% MORE commentary from my father! See below:
- When the Creator of the universe tells you to do something, you should do it. Satan tempted Eve by promising they would be like God. That was their downfall, and his.
- It is in fact a mystery, but God is quite clear about what Jesus is doing and why. Repent, and accept Him as Lord, and your sins are forgiven. It’s the best offer anyone could ever get. Wise people take it.
- All the crimes you list are covered. And the Bible makes it clear it is a black and white world. Is is “Thou shall not murder.” Obviously you can lie to save someone’s life. Duh!