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Old 01-26-2018, 08:50 AM   #1
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I'm new to the Baha'i religion and am studying it. I had a question. I read that the story of Adam and Eve was only symbolic and was never meant to be taking literally. So if the first sin never happened. Do we need to repent of our sins? Or am I misunderstanding Baha'i interpretation? Could someone please clear up the Baha'i interpretation of sin for me. Because now I'm really confused. I want to understand this better.
 
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:07 AM   #2
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I'm new to the Baha'i religion and am studying it. I had a question. I read that the story of Adam and Eve was only symbolic and was never meant to be taking literally. So if the first sin never happened. Do we need to repent of our sins? Or am I misunderstanding Baha'i interpretation? Could someone please clear up the Baha'i interpretation of sin for me. Because now I'm really confused. I want to understand this better.
There is not original sin, but there is still sin, and we need to repent of sin and pray to God for forgiveness.
 
Old 01-26-2018, 09:27 AM   #3
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I'm new to the Baha'i religion and am studying it. I had a question. I read that the story of Adam and Eve was only symbolic and was never meant to be taking literally. So if the first sin never happened. Do we need to repent of our sins? Or am I misunderstanding Baha'i interpretation? Could someone please clear up the Baha'i interpretation of sin for me. Because now I'm really confused. I want to understand this better.
Sin, I'd say, is attachment to physical, whereas the goal in spirituality is detachment from the physical to allow us to become nearer to God.

The story of Adam and Eve can be seen as a story of attachment. The two start out living in paradise.

They then are tempted into taking on the "knowledge of good and evil", in other words they begin judging the things around them as "good" and "bad" respectively, attaching themselves to the world through judgement.

Because they are judging the world as good and bad, they believe they are in a world of imperfection, and are "cast out" of paradise because they no longer see the perfection of creation.

The "original sin" metaphor still works, as most humans are guilty of the same sin as the characters of Adam and Eve: Most tend to judge the world in terms of "good" and "bad", and thus see the world as imperfect rather than perfect.

Detaching away from our physical desires that we wish to impose on this world leads us to recognize and accept the perfection of the world, and gain peace.

For more: http://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/SAQ/saq-30.html
 
Old 01-26-2018, 11:01 AM   #4
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There is not original sin, but there is still sin, and we need to repent of sin and pray to God for forgiveness.
I understand now. There is still sin. The story of Adam and eve was an illustration trying to describe to us how sin all happened. There is no original sin but there is still sin. Yeah, I misunderstood in the beginning. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
 
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There is still sin and that is why we pray for God's forgiveness. Now I understand the difference.
 
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Sin, I'd say, is attachment to physical, whereas the goal in spirituality is detachment from the physical to allow us to become nearer to God.
The sin of pride is not attachment to the world and it is still sin.
 
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The sin of pride is not attachment to the world and it is still sin.
I personally would see pride as very worldly.

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I'm new to the Baha'i religion and am studying it. I had a question. I read that the story of Adam and Eve was only symbolic and was never meant to be taking literally. So if the first sin never happened. Do we need to repent of our sins? Or am I misunderstanding Baha'i interpretation? Could someone please clear up the Baha'i interpretation of sin for me. Because now I'm really confused. I want to understand this better.
Abdul-Baha explains this in Some Answered Questions:

“For the spirit and the soul of Adam, when they were attached to the human world, passed from the world of freedom into the world of bondage, and His descendants continued in bondage. This attachment of the soul and spirit to the human world, which is sin, was inherited by the descendants of Adam, and is the serpent which is always in the midst of, and at enmity with, the spirits and the descendants of Adam. That enmity continues and endures. For attachment to the world has become the cause of the bondage of spirits, and this bondage is identical with sin, which has been transmitted from Adam to His posterity. It is because of this attachment that men have been deprived of essential spirituality and exalted position.” Some Answered Questions, pp. 124-125

You can read the entire chapter here:
30: ADAM AND EVE
 
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Abdul-Baha explains this in Some Answered Questions:

“For the spirit and the soul of Adam, when they were attached to the human world, passed from the world of freedom into the world of bondage, and His descendants continued in bondage. This attachment of the soul and spirit to the human world, which is sin, was inherited by the descendants of Adam, and is the serpent which is always in the midst of, and at enmity with, the spirits and the descendants of Adam. That enmity continues and endures. For attachment to the world has become the cause of the bondage of spirits, and this bondage is identical with sin, which has been transmitted from Adam to His posterity. It is because of this attachment that men have been deprived of essential spirituality and exalted position.” Some Answered Questions, pp. 124-125

You can read the entire chapter here:
30: ADAM AND EVE
Thanks for the information.
 
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