Many believe that Jesus’ crucifixion was redemption for the original sin by Adam and Eve. I don’t agree with this. First of all, I believe in a loving God. This God would not condemn generations of humans due to the sin of one or two people.
Secondly, I have learned in my studies that all cultures have their Creation myths. The story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden was one of the ways the early Christian explained how the earth and all that’s in it came to be. I do not believe that God would sacrifice his only son to atone for a mythological person. Instead, I believe that the crucifixion of Jesus was humanity’s redemption with God—not atonement for the original sin.
Redemption can also be used in a more secular sense to mean a liberation or recovery of something of value. Liberation or redemption is being sought today in the areas of race relations, gender equality and sexual preference. If we look at redemption in this sense, the majority of us are still seeking it. On Independence Sunday, Pastor Lee asked us to engage in our Faith in the public square. Any work in these areas does that. As we work toward the secular redemption of all people we can be comforted in knowing we already have the most important redemption-that with God.