Can I be honest with you? I have a really hard time accepting the concept of original sin. In fact, I just can't believe that God condemns every single human being on the face of the earth from the time they are born.
How can a baby already be headed for Hell minutes after coming out of its mother's womb? Why do all of my mistakes have to be thrown back in my face? Why did God have to pour out His wrath upon Jesus simply because I'm not perfect? Seems like a horrible God if you ask me!
The worst part is whenever people like me express their doubts about original sin, the reply is always the same: "You just want a feel-good self-esteem form of religion, that's all. You want to make God into your own image."
I wish people could understand that I do believe we have all sinned. I do believe that sin is a serious problem. And no, I don't want a feel-good self-help form a religion. I want a faith that challenges me to live beyond myself. I want a faith that helps me be a better person.
I just can't stand all of the guilt and shame, that's all! I'm sick and tired of beating myself up because of my imperfections. I want a faith based on grace, not on shame. Is that too much to ask for? To be God's beloved?