I have some wierd thoughts, though and I invite comments.
I've been thinking a LOT about the idea of 'original sin'. And it really bugs me that a God who would make man in His own image would then blame all mankind for the actions of Adam and Eve. It just doesn't seem JUST, and God is a just Being.
So I started thinking. What if the story of Adam and Eve proceeded from the observation of some profoundly human traits? That human beings are not guided mainly by instinct as animals are, but are learning, adaptive creatures. We have free will, and this means that while we can choose, we can choose *wrongly* too. That no one is without this potential to choose wrongly.
It's not that we are quintessentially *bad* but that we as human beings if allowed to follow our own desires to their natural end generally won't choose things that are good for us, we'll choose things that are good at the moment. And God stepped in, to give us this person, this perfect payment for all the wrong choices and the bad things we do do.
It's not a fully fleshed-out thought. But it really bugs me that we should praise God as the fount of all compassion, if he cannot be just enough to blame people for the things that we really do do..and not judge us all guilty by attainder.